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Durbar II

Foaled: 1911    Died: 1931
Sire: Rabelais    Dam: Armenia
Dam Sire: Meddler    Sex: Horse
Colour: Bay   


Herman B Duryea


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Herman B Duryea


Herman B Duryea
Durbar II in training, with his stable lad
Durbar II in training, with his stable lad
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

1914  Matthew MacGee


Between 1863 and 1948 no other Derby had a field as big as in 1914, when 30 runners faced the Epsom starter, and milled around in restive fashion for nearly 20 minutes before 'The Off'. The winner, Durbar II, was a rather small and common looking bay colt with a lot of white about his head. But he had the most beautiful action in his faster paces and won at 20/1. Although he was trained and bred in France, his sire was English and his dam American. His owner/breeder/trainer Mr Herman Duryea had moved his stud to Normandy in reaction to strict anti-betting legislation in the USA.

Durbar II won a total of five races and at stud became the maternal grandsire of Tourbillion who headed the French sires' list on four occasions. Owing to the fact that his 11th dam was without origin (perhaps she even had mustang blood) Durbar II was ineligible for the General Stud Book. The rule which decreed this was rescinded in 1949. At the outbreak of War Durbar II was exported to America, where he died in 1931.

The photograph shows Durbar II hard trained, with his stable lad.

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