On my arrival at Oatlands I was met by Squire Agnew and driven to his cozy farm and paddocks, embracing some 5300 acres.
The dames that caught my eye first were Goody Two Shoes and Lady Fisher, who, strange to say, dropped foals to The Assyrian on the same day, September 19. The first-named had a beautiful upstanding colt foal at her side, which takes after some of the best of Maribyrnong's stock. Lady Fisher, who was bred by Mr C. B. Fisher, of Victoria. has been very unfortunate at the stud, having missed twice, and three of her foals dying at an early age. As regards blood, she cannot be very easily topped, her dam. Lady Pantaloon, being by Tom King from the imported Marchioness, by Melbourne. Lady Fisher has in The Assyrian filly foal a picture of strength and a racing head, which I hope to hear good things of in less than 18 months.
Little Footsteps and Buttercup were attended by fillies of no mean order, with limbs on them like their worthy sire The Assyrian, who I might say compared favourably with another Assyrian filly romping about the grounds in close proximity to her mother, Tripaway. Here we have one of the grandest bred mares south of the line.
Tripaway's dam, Merrytoes, being by Lord of Linne out of Quickstep. The last-named was a wonder in her day on the racecourse. She got two Melbourne Cup winners in Nimblefoot and The Quack. Merrytoes ran third to Loup Garou and Blue Peter in the Champion Race of 1873, and her sire got Loup Garou, winner of Sydney and Melbourne Derbies.
In the centre of the harem was a mare I couldn't help noticing, Rhine Wine (leased to Mr Aguew), an eight-year-old daughter of Vin Ordinare, by Ace of Clubs from Sour Grapes, by Fisherman. At foot Rhine Wine had a very pleasing chestnut colt yearling by another Tasmanian stallion, Waverley, a respectable representative of St. Albans - Miss Jackson.
A short distance off Mr Agnew pointed out to me a light coloured filly by Waverley out of Ruby, who is a splendidly bred mare, being by Mozart out of Griselda, by Old English Gentleman from Kathleen, by Snoozer from Antelope, by Sepoy from Gazelle. Great results are expected from this union. As regards breeding, the brown filly by The Assyrian out of St. Ellen should be, among the prominent two-year-olds of next season, This mare, who was got by St. Albans, was out of Bllen II, by Peter Wilkins (sir of Edella, Medea and Zillah, dams, of Malua, Blink Bonny, and the New Zealand hero Tasman) from Ellen, by Phantom from Our Nell, by Conrad from the dam of the 26-year-old Strop, by Little John. St. Ellen has been served by Mozart, who is now located at Waverley. The handsome mare Wild Wave, having missed this season, was covered by Mozart.
Old Love, the dam of Promised Land, who has already carried off several classic races in Tasmania, missed last season, and the daughter of Horatio — Parthenia, by Barbarian — Maid of Honour, has, unfortunately for her owner, also missed. Taking the yearling colts by The Assyrian altogether, I like nothing better than those out of Pocahontas, Evelyn, and the fine upstanding mare May Queen. These mares are of true racing blood - namely, St. Albans, Lady Kirk, and Castle Hill.
Before leaving the yearlings behind I couldn't but admire and prophesy that the chestnut colt with a blaze down the forehead and three white legs, by The Assyrian out of Blink Bonny, would in less than two years be spoken of by thousands of tongues, for I feel almost confident, that in this chestnut foal Mr Talbot has a likely Melbourne Cup winner.