Witch Elm

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Witch Elm
Sire Orme
Grandsire Ormonde
Dam Cannie Lassie
Damsire Ayrshire
Sex Mare
Foaled 1904
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Owner William Hall Walker
Trainer Jack Robinson
Major wins
Cheveley Park Stakes (1906)
1000 Guineas (1907)
Last updated on 3 September 2012

Witch Elm (1904–1923) was a Thoroughbred racehorse owned by the William Hall Walker and trained by Jack Robinson. She was a daughter of Orme, who won the Eclipse Stakes twice and her dam was Cannie Lass, who was a daughter of Ayrshire.[1]

Racing career[edit]

She won five races out of the nine she contested as a two-year-old, including the Cheveley Park Stakes and the West of Scotland Foal Stakes at Ayr.[2] Amongst her other races were a fifth place in the National Breeders' Produce Stakes at Sandown and a third place in the Lancashire Breeders' Produce Stakes at Liverpool.[3] As a three-year-old she easily won the 1000 Guineas from Fragility[2] after starting the 4/1 favourite,[4] but could not repeat this classic winning form over longer distances.[5]

Stud career[edit]

Witch Elm did not produce any top racehorses, but some of her descendants became classic winners in Brazil.[1] In 1919 Witch Elm produced the filly Lady Clarence, who was sired by Queen Alexandra Stakes winner Royal Realm.[6] Witch Elm died in 1923 at the National Stud.[7]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Witch Elm, bay mare, 1904[8]
Sire
Orme
b. 1889
Ormonde
b. 1883
Bend Or
ch. 1877
Doncaster
Rouge Rose
Lily Agnes
b. 1871
Macaroni
Polly Agnes
Angelica
b. 1879
Galopin*
br. 1872
Vedette
Flying Duchess
St. Angela
b. 1865
King Tom
Adeline
Dam
Cannie Lassie
b./br. 1898
Ayrshire
b. 1885
Hampton
b. 1872
Lord Clifden
Lady Langden
Atalanta
b. 1878
Galopin*
Feronia
Wise Girl
ch. 1894
Wisdom
b. 1873
Blinkhoolie
Aline
Touch Me Not
ch. 1887
Muncaster
Thistle

Note: b. = Bay, br. = Brown, ch. = Chestnut

* Witch Elm was inbred 3x4 to Galopin. This means that he appears once in the third generation and once in the fourth generation of her pedigree.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ayrshire". Tbheritage.com. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b "ENGLISH RACING". Press. 6 May 1907. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  3. ^ "SPORTING NEWS". Star. 8 May 1907. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  4. ^ "SPORTING INTELLIGENCE". Otautau Standard. 18 June 1907. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  5. ^ "IN A NUTSHELL". Otago Witness. 7 August 1907. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  6. ^ Ruff's guide to the turf. Office of Ruff's Guide, London. 1920. 
  7. ^ Weatherby (1925). "Witch Elm". General Stud Book. 25: 979. 
  8. ^ "Witch Elm (GB) pedigree". equineline.com. Retrieved 2012-09-19.