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This is the fifth of an occasional series of articles reviewing multiple classic producing broodmares with five or more offspring in results information as shown on the Classic Families (CF) database. A number of these mares won classic races, became the dams of classic winners/progeny and contributed to the genetic inheritance of numerous outstanding performers.


PARK POOL (1933 Globepool/Polly Peanuts), Australian family of Dutch Girl (A35),

2:17.6; 11 foals, 10 winners. Breeder : JT Parkes, Cooma, NSW; Foals bred by VJ Rothacker, Serpentine, Victoria


Sire Globepool (1918 Globe Derby/Whirlpool), bay horse, 2:12.0 bred by Mrs M Dennis, Adelong, NSW. The winner of five NSW Flying (2 Epping, 3 Harold Park), Australian Trot Hcp (Victoria Park), Epping Hcp and two Australian Flying races at Victoria Park.  He stood at stud in both NSW and Victoria, died in 1940. The sire of 25 pacers and broodmare sire of eleven winners (one trotter Parksure; Gentleman John, Supreme Report, Main Pool, Olympic Pool, Amazing Pool, Sure Victor all from Park Pool – see below).



Dam Polly Peanuts (Directway/Owyhee Lass), an unraced brown mare bred by VJ Rothacker, Victoria, dam of three foals :


  • Lucky Flossie (Royal Mac filly), 2:24.8, dam of one foal
  • Park Pool (Globepool filly), 2:17.6, dam of eleven foals for ten winners
  • Winsome Mac (Baby Mac filly), unraced, dam of two foals including Open Fire, 2:20.6, grand dam of Rockin Butler, 2:09,1. $8,305, NSW Inter City Pace


Family of dam Dutch Girl, unraced, leaving two foals both bred by A McLellan, Derrinal, Victoria :


  • Owyhee Lass (1917 by Owyhee Chief), 2:15.5, winner of FFA at Western Australian Cricket Ground, dam of Polly Peanuts (see above) and Owyhee Dixie, 2:11¼, WA Stratton Cup, heat WA Cup, successful sire
  • Dutch Siam (1926 by Siam)


Note : classic winning progeny (five) of classic producing mare Park Pool are underlined.


The maternal line descendants of the Park Pool family follow – male progeny included :

  • Amazing Pool (T2:14.0, bay gelding 1943 by Amazing Guy), SA Trotters Cup (twice)
  • Sure Victor (2:18,2, bay gelding 1944 by Count Sure),Warragul Derby/Guineas, Woodend Derby/Sires Produce
  • Lord Essex (2:24.0, bay gelding 1946 by Count Sure)

Gentleman John


  • Gentleman John (2:08.8, bay gelding 1948 by New Derby, from Globepool mare Park Pool, both by Globe Derby, so Gentleman John product of inbreeding (2×3 to Globe Derby). His owner/trainer/driver Eric Rothacker was given Gentleman John as a yearling by his father VJ Rothacker. The winner of a Hunter Cup, three VIC Globe Derby Championships, three Melbourne Showground FFA’s, Horsham Easter Cup FFA.

    Gentleman John, Melbourne Showgrounds

    His major victory came as a seven year old at the 1956 Sydney Interdominions where he won an opening night heat at 20/1 over 11¾ furlongs (2:09.6 mile rate) having led all the way gaining four points. Unplaced in the next two heats, off 12 yds in the final (24th win), driven by 27yo Eric Rothacker, Gentleman John defeated Mineral Spring by a head with Caduceus 1¼l away third over the 13½ furlong journey in 3:37.4/2:08.8. Eight of the ten finalists were descendants of Globe Derby – Springfield Globe represented by : Springfield Guy, Mineral Spring, Thelma Globe; Van Ayr : Active Ayr; One Step : Para Step; Lawn Derby : Andi, Set Point; New Derby : Gentleman John with only Caduceus (U Scott) and Blue Gamble (Gamble/Jack Potts) not being Globe Derby descendants. Apart from Blue Gamble winning two heats, all other heats/final were won by Globe Derby line horses

Gentleman John with Eric Rothacker


  • New Roger (2:16.8, black gelding 1949 by New Derby)
  • Silver Pool (2:15.0, bay colt 1950 by Floridoro)
  • Supreme Report (2:09.2, bay gelding 1955 by Good Report), VIC Italian Cup
  • Magic Pool (2:15.2, bay colt 1956 by Avian Again)


Park Pool’s fillies included :


  • Parksure (T2:15.0, bay filly 1947 by Count Sure), VIC Trotters Derby, dam of two foals, one winner Constance, 2:12.4; Good Park, unraced dam of two winners
  1. Miss Parklands (T2:12.0, dam of two winners; Suerita [dam of four winners, Larry Do, 13 wins, Tontine Series, Wedderburn/Charlton/Bendigo Trotters Cups], Sues Shadow, three time winner [dam of Alex, Nyah/Ararat/Horsham Trotters Cups; Gazoline, Boort Trotters Cup]; Shady Park, four wins, T2:10.5, $16,593, VIC Tony Bear – 2T, VIC Trotters Oaks, dam of a winner
  2. Brigade Park (2:08.4, dam of Dress Suit, eight race winner, 2:03.8)
  3. Amanda Park (unraced dam of three winners, Fairlane Park (19 wins, T2:04,5, $47,614, Kapunda Marathon, Globe Derby FFA Trot)
  • Olympic Pool (2:12,8, black filly 1953 by Floridoro), dam of nine foals, seven to race, six winners
  1. Bronze Pool, 2:12.0
  2. Go Girl, 2:12.6; dam of three winners, Wigg (2:05.0, $16,470), Jason Campbell (2:10.8, $635), Jonathan Eden (2:09.2, $4,677)
  3. Brazen Lad, T2:08.4, $17,815, Melbourne Showgrounds FFA Trot
  4. Invisible Wings, 2:09.9
  5. Olympic Medal, T2:11.8, $7,250, dam of seven live foals, five to race, four winners including Trinket (25 wins, T2:07.0, $117,869, Bendigo/Ballarat/ Warragul/Shepparton [twice] Trotters Cups, heat AUST Trotters Championship; dam of Ornamental Jewel [VIC El Dorado – 3T, dam of Jewel of the Night – VIC Tony Bear – 2T; False Gem – VIC Central Trotting Championship, Lightfoot Laurels, dam of Shetland T1:57.6], Diamond Drop [dam of Drop of Gin, $146,564], Gewgaw [VIC Scotch Notch Memorial, Connelly Crystal Bucket]);
  6. Lynard Pool, T2:13.7


Next Article in series on Classic Winner Producing Mares : BERNIES SISTER




Peter Craig


19 April 2017



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