Also Known As: Cub
Associated Places: Straffan Station Stud, Co Kildare
Edward Kennedy, 'Cub' to his friends, was an Irishman who made his fortune dealing in cattle, with the aim all along of owning a thoroughbred stud farm. His plan came to fruition, and whilst never breeding a Classic winner, his Straffan Station Stud produced two horses whose genes have left a lasting legacy on the turf. Firstly came Dark Ronald, a fine stamp of a horse who would have had a good chance in Signorinetta's Derby of 1908, had he not been in South Africa with fired forelegs. He recovered, was repatriated, and sauntered home in the Royal Hunt Cup the next season. He had only three crops of foals before going to Germany, amongst them, from the first mare he ever covered, the great stayer and stallion Son-in-Law.
Whilst watching the Doncaster Cup, Dark Ronald's last race, Edward Kennedy saw a French colt, Roi Herode, finish in the runner-up spot. He bought the grey to stand at his stud. Breeders were luke warm about using the stayer, who was a massive but rather flat-footed animal, but they soon took notice when he produced the fastest two-year-old on four legs, The Tetrarch.