The Tetrarch (IRE)

The Tetrarch


Sire Line



Caligula, by The Tetrarch

Prestissimo, by Caligula



Polemarch, by the Tetrarch




Salmon-Trout, by The Tetrarch

King Salmon, by Salmon-Trout

Salmon Leap, by Salmon-Trout



Stefan the Great, by The Tetrarch


Tetratema, by The Tetrarch

Alishah, by Tetratema

Mr Jinks, by Tetratema

Royal Minstrel, by Tetratema

The Satrap, by The Tetrarch

Auralia, by The Satrap

The Tetrarch gr c 1911 (Roi Herode - Vahren, by Bona Vista). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 2-o.

The Tetrarch was bred at the Straffan Stud in County Kildare by Edward Kennedy who had purchased his sire, Roi Herode (gr c 1904 Le Samaritain), with the objective of reviving the Herod sire line. Roi Herode had broken down the following spring preparing for the Chester Cup and Kennedy had only a few mares left uncovered, one of them being Vahren (ch f 1897 Bona Vista) who was due to foal late that season.

Born chestnut with black patches he later turned grey with white splotches, a colouring so unusual that he was referred to as the "Rocking Horse" and later when it became apparent that he may have been fastest horse ever seen on the English turf, the "Spotted Wonder". Considered an unattractive youngster, he was dismissed by several horsemen before "Atty" Persse (Henry Seymour Persse) bought him for 1,300 guineas mainly because he had trained The Tetrarch's half sister Nicola. Persse sold him to his cousin, Major Dermot McCalmont.

At two he won a Maiden Plate at Newmarket, the Woodcote Stakes, the Coventry Stakes, the National Breeders Produce Stakes, the Rous Memorial Stakes, the Champion Breeders Foal Stakes and the Champagne Stakes. Prior to his next race he rapped himself on his off-fore fetlock joint and although he was thought to have recovered over the winter he rapped the joint again prior to the Derby and was taken out of training.

Retiring to his owner's Ballylinch Stud at Thomastown in Ireland he achieved a remarkable success despite his lack of interest in mares. He got only 130 foals throughout his stud career, with 80 of these being winners, and was Champion Sire in 1919. He transmitted both stamina and speed (not necessarily at the same time), getting three St Leger winners, Caligula (gr c 1917), Polemarch (ch c 1918) and Salmon-Trout (b c 1921), as well as the brilliantly fast "Flying Filly" Mumtaz Mahal (gr f 1921) and the Two Thousand Guineas winner Tetratema (gr c 1917). He was sterile for a number of years and died at Ballylinch in 1935.

The Tetrarch Roi Herode Le Samaritain Le Sancy
Roxelane War Dance
Rose of York
Vahren Bona Vista Bend Or
Castania Hagioscope
Rose Garden
Race Record
In 1913 he won a Maiden Plate at Newmarket in April in a canter by 4 lengths. Won the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom with an even "more impressive performance," beating J B Joel's Parhelion (ch c 1911 Sundridge). Won the Coventry Stakes at Ascot, considered one of the major events for two year olds, beating Courageous (b c 1911 Chaucer) by 50 yards. Won the National Breeders Produce Stakes at Sandown by just a neck, having first gotten himself tangled in the tapes and then careening off the horse beside him and nearly falling at the start. Won the Rous Memorial Stakes at Goodwood with his familiar brilliance restored. Won the Champion Breeders Foal Stakes at Derby. Won the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster with little effort.
Caligula (IRE)
gr c 1917 (The Tetrarch - Snoot, by Perigord). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 7. Bred by James Maher and owned by Lord Wilton he was several days before the St Leger purchased by Mathradas Goculdas for 8000 guineas, with a contingency of 3000 if he won. Not given much of a chance by the bookmakers he nevertheless won by half a length, defeating Sir E Hulton's Silvern (b c 1917 Polymelus), and Lady James Douglas's Manton (b c 1917 Bayardo) among others, including the Derby winner Spion Kop (b c 1917 Spearmint). His other major win came in the Ascot Derby in which he defeated Orpheus (br c 1917 Orby) and Abbots Trace (ch c 1917 Tracery). In 1920 he travelled to India to meet his owner and raced once whilst there, returning in the autumn of 1921. He covered at the Litchfield Grange Stud Farm near Overton, Hampshire. He later covered in France. Although he got very few offspring due to his lack of fertility he sired Prestissimo (gr c 1924) who won the Lavant Stakes at Goodwood along with several other plates as a two year old but met with injury in the spring of his three year old year. Owned by Sir Victor Sassoon, Prestissimo covered at the Moorland Stud near Newmarket and later at Theakston Hall Stud near Bedale in Yorkshire.
Salmon-Trout (GB)

b c 1921 (The Tetrarch - Salamandra, by St. Frusquin). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 19-c. Bred by Marmaduke Furness (1883-1940), 1st Viscount Furness, who purchased his dam, in foal to The Tetrarch, for a record 16,000 guineas at the December Sales, Salmon-Trout was sold to HH the Aga Khan in 1922 for 3,000 guineas at the Doncaster Yearling Sales. Trained by R C ("Dick") Dawson, he won the Dewhurst Stakes, the St Leger Stakes and the Princess of Wales's Stakes. He covered at the Pibworth Stud near Aldworth and the Highclere Stud near Newbury, both in Berkshire, and later at Brownstown House, Curragh. He sired the Goodwood and Coronation Cups winner Salmon Leap (b c 1927), King Salmon (b c 1930) and Becti (b f 1929) the ancestress of Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure (b c 1972 What a Pleasure). He was later sent to South Africa.

King Salmon (IRE)
b c 1930 (Salmon-Trout - Malva, by Charles O'Malley). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 1-e. Owned by Sir Richard Brooke, he was a half brother to the Derby winner Blenheim (br c 1927 Blandford) who became a leading sire in America in 1941. King Salmon won the Sandown Park Produce Stakes, the Great Yorkshire Stakes, the Coronation Cup in which he defeated the Oaks winner Chatelaine (b f 1930 Phalaris), and the Eclipse Stakes, the latter in a record time whilst beating Umidwar (b c 1931 Blandford) and Windsor Lad (b c 1931 Blandford). He also finished second in Hyperion's Derby, the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, the Newmarket Stakes and the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. He ran fourth for the St Leger. He covered at the Abberley Stud, Worcester.
Stefan the Great (GB)
gr c 1916 (The Tetrarch - Perfect Peach, by Persimmon). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 2-e. As a two year old he won the 410 sovs Triennial Produce Stakes at Newmarket and the 3,195 sovs Middle Park Plate. As a three year old he ran well in the Two Thousand Guineas but sustained a sprain to his off hind fetlock that required his removal from training. Described as a "magnificent specimen" of a racehorse he was said to have a splendid disposition as well. Owned by Lionel Robinson, William Clark and Joseph E Widener, he covered at the Egerton Stud Farm in Newmarket. Probably his best known daughter was Fancy Free (b f 1924), the dam of the Derby and Two Thousand Guineas winner Blue Peter (ch c 1936 Fairway). He was champion broodmare sire in England in 1939.
Tetratema (IRE)

gr c 1917 (The Tetrarch - Scotch Gift, by Symington). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 14-a. Bred by Major Dermot McCalmont, he won the National Breeders' Produce Stakes at Sandown Park, the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, the Imperial Produce Plate at Kempton Park and the Middle Park Plate at Newmarket as a two year old. At three he won the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, the Fern Hill Stakes at Ascot, the King George Stakes at Goodwood and the Kennet Stakes at Newmarket. At four he won the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot, the July Cup at Newmarket, the King George Stakes for a second time and the Snailwell Stakes at Newmarket. He covered at Ballylinch. In the stud he got the National Stakes winner Queen of the Nore (ch f 1927), the top two year old Myrobella (gr f 1930) and the Imperial Produce Stakes winner Gino (gr c 1930) who achieved some success in the stud in America. Tetratema led the sires list in 1929 and was second several times. Tetratema died in July of 1939 at Ballylinch.

Alishah (GB)
gr c 1931 (Tetratema - Teresina, by Tracery). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 6-d. A half brother to Alibhai (ch c 1938 Hyperion) he won the July Stakes and the Buckenham Stakes at Newmarket as a two year old. He also finished second for the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and third for the New Stakes at Ascot. At three he won the Dee Stakes at Chester, the Rous Memorial Stakes at Ascot, the Atlantic Cup at Liverpool and the Great Foal Stakes at Newmarket. He covered at the Pibworth Stud in Berkshire for a fee of 24.
Mr. Jinks (IRE)
gr c 1926 (Tetratema - False Piety, by Lemberg). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 22-d. Bred in Ireland by Dermot McCalmont he won nine races incuding the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes beating the Derby and St Leger winner Trigo (b c 1926 Blandford), the St James's Palace Stakes, the New Stakes at Ascot, the Richmounte Stakes, the Windsor Castle Stakes, the July Stakes, the Lavant Stakes and the Prendergast Stakes. He covered at Mr McCalmont's Ballylinch Stud in county Kilkenny. He got the Irish Oaks winner Avoca (gr f 1941) and the King George V Stakes (twice) winner Veuve Clicquot (gr f 1933).
Royal Minstrel (GB)
gr c 1925 (Tetratema - Harpsichord, by Louvois). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 5-e. Owned by Mr J H Whitney, he won five races at three and four years of age: the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, the St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot, the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, the Cork and Orrery Stakes at Ascot and the Victoria Cup at Hurst Park. He finished second by a head for the Two Thousand Guineas, won by Flamingo (b c 1925 Flamboyant). He was sent to the stud in America in 1930 but later returned to Newmarket where he covered at Heath Lodge Stud.
Tetrameter (IRE)
ch c 1917 (The Tetrarch - Mandola, by Love Wisely). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 5-f. He was bred by Lady McCalmont, daughter of the 4th Marquess of Conyngham, and wife of Dermot McCalmont. He won the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood by 4 lengths, beating 29 others, the Packington Handicap at Birmingham carrying top weight, the Grinstead Handicap at Lingfield, the Snailwell Stakes at Newmarket, beating the July Cup winner Pharmacie (ch f 1918 Charles O'Malley), the Lavant Stakes at Goodwood by 6 lengths and other prizes. He ran third for the Stewards' Cup in 1921, giving 9 pounds to the winner and 14 pounds to the place horse. Owned by Clare Vyner he covered in Yorkshire at the Gautby Stud, Thirsk. He got the Champagne Stakes winner Kingsem (ch c 1932), the Queen's Vase winner Maid of Perth (b f 1924) and Muci (ch f 1924), the ancestress of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Gran Premio del Jockey Club winner Molvedo (b c 1958 Ribot).
The Satrap (IRE)
 gr c 1924 (The Tetrarch - Scotch Gift, by Symington). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 14-a. A full brother to Tetratema, he was a brilliant two year old, winning the Chesham Stakes at Ascot, the July Stakes at Newmarket, the Chesterfield Stakes at the same place, the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and also finishing 2nd for the Rous Memorial Stakes at Goodwood whilst conceding the winner 17 pounds. He subsequently split his pastern and was retired from the turf. Sold to America for 14,000 he did well there with limited opportunities, getting the winners of 268 races. He returned to England at the end of 1936 and covered at Cheveley Park, Newmarket, where he sired the good stayer Auralia (gr c 1943) who won the Gold Vase at Ascot, the Goodwood Stakes and the Doncaster Stakes.

Mumtaz Mahal gr f 1921 (The Tetrarch - Lady Josephine, by Sundridge). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 9-c.