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Dusty Was A 'Champion' Dam

By Epsom Ace | 16 Dec 2008 | KOLKATA


The late seventies saw the advent of a great broodmare Dusty. She won a race in England before going on to produce eight winners here. In conjunction with the sire Satinello, she formed a productive partnership. The pair produced several notable runners, none more than the versatile filly Potential Champion. The latter won the Indian 1000 Guineas and Indian Oaks. She was hopelessly pocketed in the Indian Turf Invitation Cup before finishing a flying third.

Before the 'Champion', Dusty encountered success as a mare with a string of great winners. Goldie Brown, a filly doing the South India circuit in the same colours, picked up nine races including the South India 1000 Guineas, Golconda 1000 Guineas and South India Oaks. She was brilliant in that she could accelerate from any point in a race.

Dusty also produced the speedy Red Cockade. The latter had nine wins to his credit in South India, including the Colts Trial Stakes and the Gold Cup. In those days, transportation of horses was not as easy as in the current day and age and most horses stuck to the home states except during the Invitation Cup weekend. Thus, in that era, the Invitation Cup was in fact a bigger event than it is now. With the passage of time, it would be fair to say that the Indian Derby in Mumbai is presently the primary event of Indian racing calendar. Red Cockade went on to become a highly successful sire and produced several speedy customers.

Dusty had another remarkable progeny in the form of Gomos, under the care of Rashid Byramji. A late starter, the horse went on to win the Arc De Triumph in Bangalore before placing in the Indian Derby and the Invitation Cup.