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This is the first 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.

Gay Acres (dam of Classic Garry)

There are currently 152 such mares worldwide of which 18 could be considered to be Australian based. These mares are a combination of imported and colonial bred stock. A number of them have been amongst Australia’s top producing mares, among them, a couple of multiple producing families are represented as shown in the following table:


Lady Ostic (A4) Bernies Sister, Gay Acres, Miss Paula
Black Annie (A41) Barrington Lass, Gorse Bush


Beautide (dam Gorse Bush)


There are other mares that successfully produced five or more offspring, but they do not figure in the CF database with the required number of elite progeny having classic race performances (history section). The resume of each mare will be brief, reviewing any applicable race record as well as breeding statistics focusing on immediate progeny and mention of any significant continuation of a mare’s bloodlines. The mare’s date of birth is used as a means of classification for this review.


The first classic winner producing mare to be reviewed is Glenmarkie, a late nineteenth century mare with five classic winning progeny.



GLENMARKIE (18– Alister McAlister (road)/A500), Aus family Glenmarkie (A500); unraced; 7 foals, 6 winners


Sire Alister McAlister was exported to Australia from Great Britain in 1889. His offspring included :


  • Alice, dam of Alice Gee (2:24.7, VIC Richmond Hcp), dam of three trotting gelding winners
  1. Grattan Gee (T2:19.6), Victoria Trotters Cup at Richmond and six VIC MTC Trotters Hcps at Ascot
  2. Alto Algee (T2:23.7), VIC MTC Trotters Hcp at Richmond
  3. Dixie Alister (T2:26.0), VIC MTC Trotters Hcp at Richmond
  • Glenmarkie, an unraced foal of late nineteenth century


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


The maternal line descendants of the family of Glenmarkie follow – male progeny included geldings :


  • Wriggles (1899 by Honesty; 2:23.5), full brother by Honesty to JG; Richmond Flying, Richmond Hcps (3), bred by JG Gardner, Victoria
  • JG (1900 by Honesty; 2:33.2), TAS Easter Cup, bred by JG Gardner, Victoria
  • Best Policy (1901 by Honesty; 2:52.0), bred by JG Gardner, Victoria
  • Hector Mac (1904 by Satellite; T2:21.5), WA Christmas Hcp, Easter Cup, bred by AI and JM Tutty, Victoria
  • Hectors Brother (1906 by Satellite; 2:38.7), full brother by Satellite to Hector Mac; WA New Year Hcp, Northam/Easter Cups, bred by AI and JM Tutty, Victoria
  • Meteor (late Black Prince, late Satellite B; 1907 by Satellite), bred by ALJ Tanner, Victoria


Glenmarkie’s only filly Coralite (1903 by Satellite; 2:28.0, Richmond Hcp), was bred by AI and JG Gardner, Victoria, leaving :


  • Correze (2:53.0), dam of :
  1. Easy Tique, sire of Peril (WA North East Derby), sire of fifth dam of Miss Nardin (WA Silver Bracelet – 2f)
  2. Betty Kola, grand dam of Lucky Ben (2:07,2, WA North East/Country Derbies, Kellerberrin/Winter Cups), fourth dam of Adios Square (WA North East Derby) and essentially end of this family late 1970/s/early 1980’s
  • Orphirlite (2:28.3), WA Derby at WACA (Cricket) Ground



Next Article in series on Classic Winner Producing Mares : GRETA


Peter Craig

15 March 2017



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