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Ginistrelli, Edoardo (Chevalier) (1833 - 1920)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O),  Trainer (T)

Also Known As:  Gini or Chevalier


Chevalier Ginistrelli was Italian by birth and came to Newmarket in the early 1880s having sold his stud and stable near Mount Vesuvius. A small man, always dressed casually and for comfort, Ginistrelli was determined to do things his own way. Not many breeders would have put their St Simon mare to a 9 gns handicapper, but the Italian was working on the 'boundless laws of sympathy and love'. The St Simon mare, Signorina, had been unbeaten in 9 races as a two year old, won two more the following season and was runner up in the Oaks, but was unproductive at stud until she foaled Signorino, second in the 2000 Guineas and third in the Derby of 1905. That year the 'love child' Signorinetta was foaled, and stunned everyone in 1908 with her wins in the Derby and Oaks. The King himself presented Chevalier Ginistrelli to the cheering crowd from the front of the Royal Box. After the break-up of his stud in 1911, when Signorinetta was bought privately by Lord Rosebery, the Chevalier returned to Italy and died there in 1920.

Important successes:

Signorinetta   1908   (O)
Signorinetta   1908   (B)
Signorinetta   1908   (T)
Signorinetta   1908   (O)
Signorinetta   1908   (B)
Signorinetta   1908   (T)

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