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Irish Elegance

Foaled: 1915    Died: 1940
Sire: Sir Archibald    Dam: Sweet Clorane
Dam Sire: Clorane    Sex: Horse
Colour: Chesnut   


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James White
Irish Elegance
Irish Elegance
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

Other major race(s)
(featuring people in this database)
1918  July Cup, Newmarket   Frederick Fox
1919  Royal Hunt Cup   Frederick Templeman
1919  Portland Handicap, Doncaster,   Bernard Carslake


Irish Elegance was one of the 'half-bred tribe', ie he was not in the Stud Book, but he was a truly magnificant weight-carrying race horse. He was named after a rose, and not for his fine physique. He won 8 of his 16 races and as a 4 year old carried amazing welter burdens to victory, including 10st 12 lb in the Portland Handicap, drawing away from the rest of the field without effort. The public loved him and today he is still rated as the second best sprinter of the last century.

At stud, non-thoroughbred sires always have an uphill struggle, but, even so, considering his owner Jimmy White purchased the choicest mares for the horse, Irish Elegance was singularly unsuccessful. In his later years his fee had dropped from 200 to 3 guineas and he was available to cover your hunter.

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