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Ballinderry Moth

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Fawn, born: 1974-06, hight: XX cm, weight: 26 kg

Moth, a June 1974 whelp, broke a shoulder at eleven months old and only many hours under the care of an acupuncturist and patience of the late Barney O´Connor saved her career.
That began in November 1975 with an unpromising 30.87 on her first look at Walthamstow. She won four of her first eight races (best 29.40) and then came in season. She cut a foot and damaged a shoulder on her return.

Moth was two years and one month old when she won her first open, a heat of the Circuit in 29.49.
She was entered in the East Anglia Derby, won heats and semis in 28.30 and 28.21 but was badly baulked in the final (5-4F) and finished fifth to Huberts Town. Three weeks later she set a new Harringay 475 TR of 28.39.
Moth contested the first round of the 640 m Grad Prix and led to the run-in but finished fourth. Her next four wins were in the English Oaks. She beat Paradise Peg in 28.80 and 28.66 in the first two rounds and Lucky Arrival (dam of Easy And Slow) in the semis, 28.58. In the final she again beat Peg in 28.60.

The 26 kilo fawn then had a false heat which messed around her racing for the next three months. She was beaten by Mutts Silver on her return but soon won another five in a row. She beat Gaily Noble in 29.34 at Wembley. She then won her first two rounds of the Pall Mall and extraordinarily then contested a graded race at Walthamstow between semis and final. She won the graded race but the 5-4 favorite was beaten by half brother Greenfield Fox in the final.
Moth was beaten a neck at White City by Broad Hunter (brother of Lady Broadford) in the heats of the Joe Coral/Evening Standard but the final at Walthamstow in 29.34.
Moth beat Linacre (destined to win the Consolation) in the qualifying trials for the 1977 English Derby but was KO´d in the first round. She won in 29.16 on the old grassed Wembley and reached the semis of the Circuit but went lame. Dogged by bad luck, her return was delayed by season and she missed another five months of racing.

The early paced fawn returned in graded company but then won the Norton Canes Champion Bitch Stake. Her next four races were at Hackney over 304 m, the Ladbroke Golden Sprint. En route to the final she beat crack sprinters Pepe Joe and Saucy Buck in 18.34, 18.29 and 18.13. She won the final at 4-6F in 18.57. Moth then returned to Harringay for her second Pall Mall attempt. She was beaten only once, in the semis by Wired To Moon, but won the final in 28.30. In June she won the Midland Sprint at Willenhall. Her final competition was the 1978 Silver Salver over 277 at Southend. She reached the final unbeaten but finished second to Superior Champ. She was just turned four.

Moth´s first litter (Nov 1978) were to Tain Mor. The best was Over The River (won Silver Collar, runner-up Select Stakes). His comrades included open racers Ballinderry Fitz (disq) and Ballinderry Hawk and brood Ballinderry Tain.
The Loyal Expert´s (Sep 1979) featured Westpark Clover (Thanet Gold Cup, TR 484H Hackney) and Westpark Eve who broke a track record over 700 at Waterford and then ran graded at Walthamstow. The first Linda´s Champion litter (July 1980) featured Swift Rapier (East Anglian & Suffolk Derbies, TR 440 Ipswich) and Dysert Moth (TR 258m Ipswich, 252m Wimbledon). Westpark Golldia, a Derby quarter finalist and probably the fastest bitch in the litter, later produced Hot Sauce Yankee, Fil Fil, Westpark Edward (TR 575 Lifford) and a string of AA performers in America. Goldie´s sister Westpark Moth won a Shelbourne Leger and then raced in America. Another sister Derry Linda was lightly raced but produced Tico (English Derby/Pall Mall), and the unlucky Jaguar to The Stranger. Linda then threw Droopys Jaguar (Produce Stakes) and Miss Tico (dam of St Leger winner Temps Perdu) to Game Ball. Another sister Lackandarra produced Up For One (Scurry finalist), Real Na Mara and Dysert Sheola (International Stakes - coursing).

Moth´s City Major litter (Jul 1982) featured Westpark City (TR 525 Derry) and Midlands open racer Ballinderry Man. Her Calandra Champ´s (Nov 1983) were nothing special, though the Linda´s Champion repeat (Mar 1983) certainly were. They were followed by five bitches to Hurry On Bran (Jul 1984) and they included Ballinderry Gold (dam of Balivalican). Finally there was the Sand Man litter that featured Ballinderry Sand, dam of Ballinderry Ash, Parquet Pet etc.

Ballinderry Moth´s comrades included That´s The Style and Flying Lady, dam of Brilliant Chimes, Woodland Chimes, Ballyderg Fox, Tra Na Berry, Lee View Lady (dam of Ballygroman Jim) and Ballyderg Moth. That´s The Style´s best known offspring was Jebb Rambler.

Updated: 2000-02-10