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    Posted: 13 Oct 2018 at 1:00pm
Originally posted by djebel djebel wrote:

Originally posted by anabel anabel wrote:

It’s action looked horrible on the way to the gates.


Does her whiteness make her action look strange ?

When I watched the trial I thought her action looked weird strange.  


Maybe. Sometimes the really light horses do look a bit odd. But she had her head in an awkward spot, was reaching for the ground and action behind looked off too.
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Originally posted by anabel anabel wrote:

It’s action looked horrible on the way to the gates.

Does her whiteness make her action look strange ?

When I watched the trial I thought her action looked weird strange.  


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It’s action looked horrible on the way to the gates.
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Very messy in the straight. Stewards will be busy
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The winner cam out and gave then all a bit of heave ho Shawy. Mockery didn't help.
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Another example of a stamina pedigree showing speed and so they run her in speed races. 

She might be speedy but it is clearly not the cheap and nasty short course speed. 

Put her away for the Autumn 1600m contests. 


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Originally posted by Carioca Carioca wrote:

Originally posted by scamanda scamanda wrote:

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I reckon Martello Towers must have been close to an albino, his nickname in the stable was Pinky, at the track of a morning you would see him walk out of the hosing dock and the pigment in the skin was very obvious , he was a bit of a character and always caught the eye.


Martello Towers had a pink nose hence the stable name Pinky.
In the stable alongside him was another grey with the stable name Bluey.

I'd walk past them every day going to and coming home from school. And even got to sit on both, with them wearing their rugs. The only way of telling them apart was their noses. At least that is how it looked to me but I was only a kid then.

Good memories there Scamanda, was he with ED Lawson ( Peter) then or had he left to go to TJ?

Silly question by me, of course it would be TJ ( school)
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He wasn't with T.J.Smith then Carioca. I remember the stable doors faced the gate and we could see both horses from the gates. I don't remember the street name but it seemed very small, almost like a laneway.

Long time ago mate. Faded memory doesn't help.
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Originally posted by scamanda scamanda wrote:

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I reckon Martello Towers must have been close to an albino, his nickname in the stable was Pinky, at the track of a morning you would see him walk out of the hosing dock and the pigment in the skin was very obvious , he was a bit of a character and always caught the eye.


Martello Towers had a pink nose hence the stable name Pinky.
In the stable alongside him was another grey with the stable name Bluey.

I'd walk past them every day going to and coming home from school. And even got to sit on both, with them wearing their rugs. The only way of telling them apart was their noses. At least that is how it looked to me but I was only a kid then.

Good memories there Scamanda, was he with ED Lawson ( Peter) then or had he left to go to TJ?
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Originally posted by Carioca Carioca wrote:

I reckon Martello Towers must have been close to an albino, his nickname in the stable was Pinky, at the track of a morning you would see him walk out of the hosing dock and the pigment in the skin was very obvious , he was a bit of a character and always caught the eye.

Martello Towers had a pink nose hence the stable name Pinky.
In the stable alongside him was another grey with the stable name Bluey.

I'd walk past them every day going to and coming home from school. And even got to sit on both, with them wearing their rugs. The only way of telling them apart was their noses. At least that is how it looked to me but I was only a kid then.
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Chautauqua is another classic example, he didn’t start out with those big black dapples on a white background. All greys eventually white out, how long it takes depends on how dark their coat is to begin with. Greys can be born as black, brown or any solid colour foal. The first sign that it’s going to be a grey is a white ring of hairs around their eye. [
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* Won...think I'm losing it.
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Originally posted by Tontonan Tontonan wrote:

We are both wrong if Jack Pollard is right.

He claims that Martello Towers lashed out in the barriers jsut before they jumped and badly stripped his back legs, returning to scale with blood pouring from his wounds.  Pollard also confirms that laranyx issues affected the horse after he won the George Main Stakes in record time as his form fell away.

Yes that's more like Tontonan exactly what happened , I knew he went off in the gates, I remember this horse from his very first start at Canterbury he was rather "warm" next start at Randwick huge plonk I think a big bookie was involved and one as he liked , watched at the track many times , enjoy your posts mate always great to converse fwiw.
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Max Presnell wrote :

" Back in November 1961, the Nepean River broke its banks, washing thoroughbreds, spelling in nearby paddocks, around the countryside. AJC Derby winner Martello Towers, a grey, was washed away.  The staying power of Martello Towers also wasn't limited to the Randwick mile and a half and he finally made high ground after being missing for 10 hours. "

In all he had 37 starts for 11 wins 8 seconds 4 thirds and $44,806
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That could of been after his escape from the floods.
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We are both wrong if Jack Pollard is right.

He claims that Martello Towers lashed out in the barriers jsut before they jumped and badly stripped his back legs, returning to scale with blood pouring from his wounds.  Pollard also confirms that laranyx issues affected the horse after he won the George Main Stakes in record time as his form fell away.
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Close....but no cigar.  Sky High was the following year.  in 1959 the Victoria Derby was won by Travel Boy, Martello Towers was last of 7 as 10/9fav. Curiously the best horse to come out of the race was Dhaulagiiri - and he finished 2nd last.

I'll need to to do some research on why Martello blew it.  
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From memory Tontonan he went mad in the gates whacked his head ( he was a bit iffy at the best of times) he had won the two guinea races and the Derby and I think he was favourite in the VRC Derby , Sky High won the Derby that day.
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As  a sire in WA.
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Yes, thanks both Cari and Toto,  very interesting stories and photos.
Where did Martello Towers end up, OTT ??
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2 of my favourites tontonan. Thanks for the pics
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I seem to recall that he was very badly stripped in the Victoria Derby and he never fully recaptured his best form after that.



He is clearly a grey*.   He wasn't albino.  

That is the point about Dominant Whites.  They aren't albinos either, and nor are they grey.  There is nothing lacking in white horses.  As I said it is a genetic mutation - not an inheritance - in the first instance (i.e. The Opera House) that can subsequently be inherited from the horse with the original mutation.  There are virtually no greys in Utzon's pedigree.

(* greys are often born with a majority of coloured hairs which lose their pigment over time.  Gunsynd for example was quite dark as a juvenile and lightened through his racing career.  By the end of his life he was 'virtually' white.)


Gunsynd at stud.

Another good example is Surround.  He she was as a filly...


and he she was as broodmare later in life...


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Originally posted by furious furious wrote:

Was he the one that almost died in the floods of the Hawkesbury Carioca.<div id="UMS_TOOLTIP" style=": ; cursor: pointer; : 2147483647; : transparent; top: -100000px; left: -100000px;">

Yes he was furious, a photo of this shivering grey on a little bit of high ground I will never forget, he went to TJ after being with Peter Lawson all his earlier life ( he trained Evening Peal 56 MC winner) I think the flood done damage to his air intake swimming to get away and probably panicking never the same after that , I think he won the AJC Derby too.
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Was he the one that almost died in the floods of the Hawkesbury Carioca.
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I reckon Martello Towers must have been close to an albino, his nickname in the stable was Pinky, at the track of a morning you would see him walk out of the hosing dock and the pigment in the skin was very obvious , he was a bit of a character and always caught the eye.
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Hope she wins although I'm following Champagne Boom from the sales.  Had a bit of luck with her female line before.
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While I have had coloured genes/horses explained to me, and tried to read and digest it all, it never sinks in. 
But its very interesting how it all works and what makes them that way.
Some of the coloured TBs that Peta has or breeds at Winning Colours Farm are spectacular.  But just to me they never seem to be race horses.  They seem too pretty.
There was a white TB stallion out at Baradine about 22/23 or so years ago now, but blowed if I can think of his name.
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