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Pretty Polly

Foaled: 1901    Died: 1931
Sire: Gallinule    Dam: Admiration
Dam Sire: Saraband    Sex: Mare
Colour: Chesnut   


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Peter Valentine Purcell Gilpin


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Pretty Polly with William Lane up
Pretty Polly with William Lane up
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

1000 Guineas
1904  William Lane
1904  William Lane
St Leger
1904  William Lane
Other major race(s)
(featuring people in this database)
1905  Coronation Cup   Herbert Madden


What a filly! The best of the 20th century. This picture shows her in training with William Lane in the saddle. Pretty Polly, who did not have the pedigree to suggest she would be a star, won 22 of her 24 starts including the Triple Crown for fillies. It is a pity she did not challenge the colts in the 2000 Guineas and Derby, for she beat St Amant, winner of both, every time they met. Her trainer, Peter Gilpin, became aware of her talents only when she "tanked off" with her lad on the gallops and was found to be carrying far more weight than the horses she had passed as if they were trees. The public loved this filly and were quite stunned on the occasion of her only defeats, once in France, when a bad journey, heavy going and a substitute jockey conspired against her, and then in the Ascot Gold Cup where the better stayer, Bachelor's Double, prevailed by a length.

After her death at the ripe old age of 30, Pretty Polly's influence on the breed lived on in the stud book. The likes of St Paddy, Nearctic, Brigadier Gerard and Swain, to name just a few, descend from her.

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