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Volodyovski

Foaled: 1898    Died:
Sire: Florizel II    Dam: La Reine
Dam Sire: Rosicrucian    Sex: Horse
Colour: Bay   

Breeder(s):

Lady Valerie Susie Meux

Trainer(s):

John Huggins

Owner(s):

Lord William Leslie de la Poer Beresford
William Collins Whitney
Volodyovski
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

Derby
1901  Lester Reiff

Description:

Volodyovski (or 'Bottle of Whisky' as the public liked to call him) was a high-class two-year-old, winning four times (including the Windsor Castle Stakes at Ascot). He went into winter quarters as a favourite for the Derby. However, in December Lord William Beresford - who had leased the colt from his breeder Lady Meux - died. His widow tried to insist that the lease now belonged to her but the court found against her. Once more Lady Meux was able to pass on her horse, this time to Mr William Whitney, father of John Hay Whitney, a subsequent United States Ambassador and owner of the great steeplechaser Easter Hero.

In spite of being beaten first time out as a three-year-old, the colt still started favourite at Epsom and beat William the Third by 3/4 of a length. This race saw a number of racing records established. The winner was the first owned by a woman (admittedly not racing in her colours owing to the lease). It was the first in which a mechanical starting gate was used and the winning time of 2 minutes 48 seconds was a new record for the contest.

In the final Classic of the season Volodyovski was runner-up in the St Leger, beaten by the 40/1 shot Doricles in a very rough and suspect race. However all told he won seven times, being unable to add to this tally in eleven outings as a four-year-old. Lady Meux retired him to her stud, but he was a failure as a sire.
 

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