Limasol (1894–1916) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She showed promising form as a two-year-old despite failing to win any of her three starts and recorded her biggest success on her three-year-old debut when she upset the odds-on favourite Chelandry to take the Epsom Oaks. She was subsequently campaigned over extreme distances against male opposition and never won again. She made no impact as a broodmare.

Limasol in 1897.
GrandsirePeut Etre
DamQueen of Cyprus
DamsireKing Tom
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederTom Jennings Sr
OwnerTom Jennings Sr
Samuel Allsopp, 2nd Baron Hindlip
Leonard Brassey
TrainerTom Jennings Jr
Record9: 1-2-0
Major wins
Oaks Stakes (1897)

Background edit

Limasol was a chestnut mare bred in England by Tom Jennings Sr, a retired trainer best known for his handling of the great French champion Gladiateur.[2] During her racing career she was trained by her breeder's son Tom Jennings Jr. at his Phantom House Stable in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Her sire Poulet was a French horse whose wins included the Lincolnshire Handicap and the Prix d'Ispahan as a five-year-old in 1882. He was not a popular breeding stallion; he failed to sell at auction when the bidding fell short of the reserve price of 500 guineas and at the time of Limasol's Oaks win he was standing at a fee of 25 guineas.[3] Limasol's dam Queen of Cyprus was a stayer who finished third in the Queen Alexandra Plate and whose other descendants included the 1895 Kentucky Oaks winner Voladora. She was a granddaughter of Cyprian who won the Oaks Stakes in 1836.[4]

Racing career edit

1896: two-year-old season edit

Limasol began her racing career in the Acorn Stakes at Epsom Racecourse in June when she finished fourth behind Fortalice. She produced her best effort later that month when running second to the three-year-old Omladina in the Fernhill Stakes at Royal Ascot. On her third and final appearance of the season she was runner-up behind All Moonshine in the Prince of Wales's Nursery Plate at Doncaster Racecourse.[5] Before the end of 1896, Limasol was sold to Samuel Allsopp, 2nd Baron Hindlip.[2]

1897: three-year-old season edit

On 5 June Limasol was one of eight fillies to contest the 119th running of the Oaks Stakes over one and a half miles at Epsom Racecourse. The 1000 Guineas winner Chelandry was regarded as a near certainty and went off at odds of 2/5 while Limasol, partnered by Walter Bradford, started the 100/8 third choice in the betting. The other contenders included Goletta (Coventry Stakes), Cortegar, Flying Colours and Galatia (2nd in the 1000 Guineas). In a major upset Limasol led from the start, shook off a challenge from Chelandry in the straight and drew away to win by three lengths with the 40/1 outsider Fortalice taking third place.[6]

Twelve days after her win at Epsom, Limasol was moved up in distance and started the 8/1 third favourite for the Gold Cup over two and a half miles at Ascot. After running in second place for most of the way she faltered in the straight and came home last of the four runners behind Persimmon, Winkfield's Pride and Love Wisely.[7] Following the death of Lord Hindlip on 12 July 1897, Limasol briefly passed into the ownership of his son Charles Allsopp, 3rd Baron Hindlip. In August she was put up for auction and bought for 3,800 guineas by Leonard Brassey, a senior figure in the Jockey Club.[8] On 13 October Limasol returned to the racecourse for the Cesarewitch Handicap over two and a quarter miles at Newmarket Racecourse in which she carried a weight of 108 pounds and finished unplaced behind the Australian five-year-old Merman.[9]

1898: four-year-old season edit

Limasol remained in training in 1898 and in May of that year she was unplaced behind Up Guards in the Chester Cup.[10] At Royal Ascot she bypassed the Gold Cup to contest the Ascot Stakes on 14 June and the three mile Alexandra Plate three days later but after running unplaced behind the four-year-old colt Herminius in the former race[11] she came home last of the six runners behind Piety in the latter.[12] It was later reported that repeated runs over long distances on hard ground had rendered her "useless for racing".[13]

Breeding record edit

At the end of her racing career Limasol was retired to become a broodmare. She was euthanized in 1916 after aborting a foal.[14] She produced at least seven foals:

  • Bric-a-Brac II, a chestnut filly, foaled in 1899, sired by Worcester
  • Levant, a bay colt, foaled in 1900, sired by Bay Ronald
  • Vesper, a brown filly, foaled in 1901, sired by St Frusquin
  • Teucer, Chestnut colt, foaled in 1904, sired by Florizel II
  • Harbour Light, chestnut filly, 1911, by Sundridge
  • Lady Limasol, foaled in 1913, sired by Boar's Head (sent to Australia)
  • Brown gelding, foaled in 1915, sired by St Girons

Pedigree edit

Pedigree of Limasol (GB), chestnut mare, 1894[1]
Poulet (FR)
Peut Etre
Ventre St Gris Gladiator (GB)
Belle de Nuit
Favorite Cossack (GB)
Chattanooga (GB) Orlando
Summerside (GB) West Australian
Queen of Cyprus (GB)
King Tom
Harkaway (IRE) Economist (GB)
Fanny Dawson
Pocahontas Glencoe
Epirus Langar
Cyprian Partisan
Frailty (Family: 23-a)[4]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Limasol pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ a b "Talk of the Day". Otago Witness. 22 July 1897. p. 35 – via Papers Past.
  3. ^ "In a Nutshell". Otago Witness. 12 August 1897. p. 32 – via Papers Past.
  4. ^ a b "A-La-Grecque - Family 23-a". Thoroughbred Bloodlines.
  5. ^ "Talk of the Day". Otago Witness. 10 June 1897. p. 31 – via Papers Past.
  6. ^ "Bacing in England". Otago Witness. 22 July 1897. p. 38 – via Papers Past.
  7. ^ "Racing in England. Manchester". Otago Witness. 12 August 1897. p. 33 – via Papers Past.
  8. ^ "In a Nutshell". Otago Witness. 16 September 1897. p. 32 – via Papers Past.
  9. ^ "Newmarket". Otago Witness. 2 December 1897. p. 39 – via Papers Past.
  10. ^ "Sporting". New Zealand Herald. 24 June 1898. p. 6 – via Papers Past.
  11. ^ "Racing in England". Otago Witness. 4 August 1898. p. 34 – via Papers Past.
  12. ^ "Racing in England". Otago Witness. 11 August 1898. p. 38 – via Papers Past.
  13. ^ "Racing on Hard Ground". Otago Witness. 8 December 1898. p. 32 – via Papers Past.
  14. ^ Wetherby (1917). "Limasol". The General Stud Book. 23: 507. hdl:2027/coo.31924066667340. Retrieved 8 June 2018.