Oil on canvas, 16” x 20”
$6,000. – 9,000.
Racehorses in Australia, Art in Australia Ltd., 1922, page 68
The Persimmon and Bill of Portland Lines
While St. Simon was undoubtedly an influential sire in Great Britain, his presence was monumental on other continents as well. In Australia, the importation of his sons profoundly impacted the quality of bloodstock there. In a 1922 essay by Dr. W. H. Lang included in Racehorses in Australia, he writes that “no newly imported sire seemed to have a chance of success [in Australia] unless he were imbued with that … St. Simon strain. The effect is still in the strongest evidence today.” Two of St. Simon’s sons, Bill of Portland (named for St. Simon’s owner, William Cavendish-Bentinck, the sixth Duke of Portland) and Persimmon (lot 41) were successful sires in their own right and portraits of two of their sons are featured in this catalogue. Maltster was by Bill of Portland, the imported son of St. Simon and out of Barley, a daughter of Lonely (lot 29). Comedy King (lot 31) was by Persimmon and imported to Australia as a foal with his dam.
Maltster won both the Australian Jockey Club Derby at Randwick and Victoria Racing Club Derby at Flemington and finished second in the Melbourne Cup. Maltster was leading sire in Australia five times, and his progeny won £290,358, not a small sum for the first decade of the 20th century. Notable offspring include Malt King, two-time winner of both the All Aged Stakes and Rawson Stakes; and Alawa, winner of the VRC Derby, two-time winner of the Eclipse Stakes, and three-time winner of the CB Fisher plate. The impact of this grandson of St. Simon is still present in Australian racing.