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McCalmont, Dermot Hugh Bingham (Major) (1887 - 1968)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O),  Jockey (J)

Associated Places:  Ballylinch Stud, Co Kilkenny, Ireland; Mount Juliet, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland


Dermot McCalmont will always be remembered as the owner of the most astounding two-year-old to grace the Turf, The Tetrarch. Born in 1887, he was to inherit most of his fortune from Colonel Harry McCalmont (1861-1902), owner of the Triple Crown winner Isinglass. In his early days he rode over fences and won the Grand Military Gold Cup on his own horse at Sandown Park. The trainer Henry Persse ('Atty' Persse) was his cousin and offered him an extraordinary looking blotchy grey colt he had bought at Doncaster at cost price. The youngster - to be named The Tetrarch - was unbeaten in all his seven starts as a juvenile, and was winter favourite for the Derby, but injury prevented his racing again. He founded a dynasty for speed at his owner's Ballylinch Stud in Co. Kilkenny, and was sire and grandsire of Dermot McCalmont's two winners of the 2000 Guineas.

Other good horses campaigned by the Major included Slide On and Piccadilly, both winners of the Irish Derby. Dermot McCalmont was for many years Master of the Kilkenny Hounds. He hunted up until a year before his death. Colours light blue and scarlet quartered, white cap.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Tetratema   1920   (B)
Tetratema   1920   (O)
Mr Jinks   1929   (O)
Mr Jinks   1929   (B)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Champagne Stakes, Doncaster  The Tetrarch   1913   (O)
Coventry Stakes, Royal Ascot  The Tetrarch   1913   (O)
Middle Park Plate  Tetratema   1919   (O)
Middle Park Plate  Tetratema   1919   (B)
King's Stand Stakes  Tetratema   1921   (O)
July Cup  Tetratema   1921   (O)
King's Stand Stakes  Tetratema   1921   (B)
July Cup, Newmarket,  Tetratema   1921   (B)

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