No. 1.5.1 - The Waverley Stud Farm (Tasmania)

Otago Witness , Issue 1898, 6 April 1888, Page 23

In consequence of several sporting men in Melbourne and Tasmania who, it appears, read the Otago Witness, informing me, that it was a pity that First Fruit's pedigree didn't appear correctly in the fifth article of "Warrior in Tasmania." I have gone to the trouble of consulting the English stud books, and have, prepared a correct pedigree of this beautifully bred mare. First Fruit, as I before remarked, was foaled in England in 1875, and was the property of Sir John B. Astley. Stockwell, the sire of Bromielaw, I need say ; has proved the most wonderful stallion that perhaps ever lived. Besides, his winning the Two Thousand Guineas and St. Leger of 1852 stamps him as a worthy son of The Baron. Flying Dutchman, the sire of Cherry Tree, dam of First Fruit, carried off the double in 1849 — the Derby and St. Leger. Merlette, the dam of Cherry Tree, was bred in France. My readers will observe that The Baron claims near relationship to the sire and dam of First Fruit. Pocahontas, who was bred in 1837, foaled Rataplan and King Tom, and his sire (Glencoe) carried of the Two Thousand Guineas of 1834, Bay Middleton. sire of Flying Dutchman, had no trouble in appropriating the Two Thousand Guineas and Derby of 1836. Plenipotentiary, the dam of Queen Mary, is credited with winning the English Derby of 1834. Cobweb, the dam of Bay Middleton, ran a grand horse in her day, especially as a three-year-old, when she won the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks of 1824. Moses, the sire of Pauline (1826), dam of Gladiator, beat a very good field of horses in the Derby of 1822. Elis, sire of Cuckoo, dam of Merlette, granddam of First Fruit, won the St. Leger of 1836. I think enough has been written to show that First Fruit is a valuable mare. The following is her correct pedigree :

First Fruit Pedigree Corrected