Kashmir II

52| Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1910-2005)

Kashmir II

Starting bid: $1,000.00

Signed, inscribed, dated ’66

Oil on board, 8" x 7"

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Kashmir II was bred in Ireland by Jane Levins Moore and sold as a yearling at the Newmarket sales for $8,600. He was purchased by Peter Butler and sent to France to train under Mick Bartholomew and begin his racing career. In 1965, as a two-year-old, Kashmir won Prix du Debut at Saint-Cloud and the Prix de Martinvast at Longchamp before stepping up in class in the Prix Robert Papin. Kashmir handled the step up in class beautifully and secured the win, ridden to victory by the famous English jockey Lester Piggott. Kashmir won his three-year-old debut in the Prix Djebel before shipping to England-where he was called Kashmir II. Lester Piggott declined to ride Kashmir II in the 2000 Guineas and the mount was given to Jimmy Lindley. Lindley made the most of the occasion and sent Kashmir II out to an early three length lead early on the massive field of twenty-four. Lindley, fearing that they might be caught, furiously rode the colt down the Rowley Mile, getting every ounce of effort that he could out of Kashmir. In the end, it was enough, just. The pair held 0n to win by a head, capturing one of the jewels of British racing, the 2000 Guineas, in quite an unconventional manner. After the Guineas Kashmir II returned to France where he was retired to stud and became a successful breeding stallion. Among his best winners were Moulines, Dumka, Blue Cashmere, Kamicia, and Lightning.

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