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Throstle

Foaled: 1891    Died: 1910
Sire: Petrarch    Dam: Thistle
Dam Sire: Scottish Chief    Sex: Mare
Colour: Bay   

Breeder(s):

1st Baron Henry Gerard Sturt Alington

Trainer(s):

John Porter

Owner(s):

1st Baron Henry Gerard Sturt Alington
Sir Frederic John William Johnstone
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

St Leger
1894  Herbert Cannon

Description:

The trainer John Porter said, 'There are rogues, savages, jades, fools and other eccentrics in the horse tribe. Throstle was simply an erratic lady with a mind or a will of her own'. This strong will made Throstle inclined to bolt or run off the course, if the mood so took her.

In fact, it was a miracle that Throstle raced at all, because she had been born nearly blind and no-one wanted her, even as a gift. Her breeder Lord Alington was forced to keep her, but gradually she gained her sight and was able to win three races. Her finest hour came in the St Leger, when in a field of eight (and starting at 50/1) she came home clear of the favourite, Lord Rosebery's Ladas, astounding everyone, including her trainer.

Lord Alington jointly owned Throstle with Sir Frederic Johnstone. Not wanting their filly to run unbacked, they had wagered 'forty ponies' (£1,000) between them.

Throstle made no mark at stud.
 

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