Thursday, June 05, 2008

Illustrious familiy members

Have been researching Lutine's thoroughbred ancestry, which I guess was always going to be gratifying as it's one of the most well reported and recorded breeds out there. Turns out her Great Great Grandpa on her mother's side was a great racehorse called Puissant Chef, who won 7 group 1 races in his career, including the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe and the Prix Royal Oak, both in 1960.

Can't find a photo of him for the moment but did find this archived report of the race:

Puissant Chef (15.10 new francs for 1) charged from behind a tight pack on the final turn in the Prix de l'Arc de Triompheat Paris and galloped home three lengths ahead of Hautain to win 539,342 new francs ($114,000). With Maxime Garcia up, the 3-year-old ran the 2,400 meters (about 1� miles) in 2:43.9. The Aga Khan 's heavily favored Charlottesville finished sixth. Owner Henry Aubert immediately accepted an invitation for Puissant Chef to the Washington, D.C. International on November 11.
Other photos:
Indian Gold

St Simon

Lord Lyon (on left)


Darley Arabian

Godolphin Arabian


Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow! I'm loving Indian Gold especially. Don't you just love those Stubbs-style paintings? Ever noticed they could not paint a horse cantering or galloping as they did not know what the footfall sequence was in those days... so any pictures of horses actually racing looked more like paintings of a load of horses rearing and bucking in a line.

Do I have to curtsey next time I meet Lutine?

1:28 PM  
Blogger Lulu's friend said...

LOL Steph, nah, the curtsey's are reserved for Crystal only. She's the Royal Princess and demands respect. Lutine's quite modest, bless her!

The old paintings are lovely aren't they? Andwasn't it something ridiculous like only at the end of the 19th century, beg of the 20th century that they proved once and for all that the horse did have periods of total suspension in his gaits. Same reason - needing photographic technology to catch up.

The one thing I noticed that was interesting is how the very last horse in the montage has a full, and not docked, tail like his later 17th century descendents.

2:41 PM  

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