Macquarie Stud Dispersal 1937
Featured Image: Front Page of Catalogue for the Macquarie Stud Dispersal 1937
It appears thoroughbred stud dispersals are a recurring theme? Reinvention frequently follows. It might be ‘another generation’; or a fresh new start.
William Inglis & Son as agents describe Mr Harry Taylor as ‘being one of the most interesting and widely known personalities of the Thoroughbred world of Australia’. His energy, dynamism, impeccable judgement and knowledge of pedigree are extolled. Regrettably at this juncture ‘father time’ had made an inevitable impact and sound medical advice was to wind up his all-consuming interest.
The Macquarie Stud had long been one of the most successful in Australia. Some of the great horses bred there included Black Ronald, Vauntry, Heroic Prince, Sion, Pasha, Relievo, Dazzling, Tonga, Carradale, Gay Crest, Lady Superior, Victrola, Caramba and Record. All were successful at Group Level throughout Australia and New Zealand. The catalogue listed 65 mares and three stallions. The young ‘Melfort’ (imp) was judged to be perhaps the most promising juvenile sire ever offered at public auction. Rampion was a good racehorse and successful sire. Amounis’ full brother Koomeela had made an auspicious debut; his first representatives on the track included ‘Picamar’ winner of three good 2yo races in Sydney.
In more recent times Macquarie Stud has been run very successfully by at least two generations of the Baxter Family with my good mate David the current incumbent. Long may it continue.