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31 | Martin Stainforth<br>  <i>(British, 1866–1957)</i><br><br>COMEDY KING<br>$6,000. – $9,000.<br><br><strong>Sale Price: $5,405.</strong>

Oil on canvas, 13 1⁄2” x 15 1⁄2”

Signed, inscribed, dated 11-19

$6,000. – 9,000.

 

Illustrated:

Racehorses in Australia, Art in Australia Ltd., 1922, page 93

Another grandson of St. Simon who played an influential role in Australia was the import Comedy King. Brought from England in 1907 as a foal by Sol Green, the Australian horseman and bookmaker, Comedy King was the winner of eight races, including the Melbourne Cup (which he won at 10-to-1, beating the favorite, Trafalgar, by a nose) and was the first imported horse to do so. As a stallion he was equally, if not more, successful. He stood at Noorlim Stud, whose, according to Racehorses in Australia, “rich and highly improved paddocks shelter the best collection of mares owned by any one man in Australia. Here, too, is that most horse Comedy King (imp.), a splendid son of Persimmon, and one of the outstanding stud successes of today. He is a most versatile sire, producing as he does sprinters, stayers, Cup and Grand National winners.” He is remembered for siring two other Melbourne Cup winners, Artilleryman and Ingoda, who won the race in 1920 and 1922, respectively. He was also a great broodmare sire, with extended progeny such as Australian Racing Hall of fame horse Comic Court and Carbon Copy, who in 1949 became the highest-winning 3-year-old in Australian history, a record he held for a decade.

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