YEAR: 1916

BELLE LOGAN - Classic Winner Producing Mares

BELLE LOGAN(1916 Logan Pointer/Curfew Bell), NZ family of Bonnie Belle; 2:20; 640, two wins; 11 foals, 9 winners. Breeder: W J Morland, Rakaia. Foals - 1926 Dillon Logan bred by D Rodgers, Rangiora, mare then shipped to Edgar Tatlow, Hayley, Tasmania in 1929; all other foaled in Australia including 1929 foal Pendant (in foal to Native King NZ).

Belle Logan's sire Logan Pointer (1909) was imported to NZ by Free Holmes in 1915. He sired 191 winners, Harold Logan being the stand out (two NZ Cups, three NZFFAs). His broodmare credits included InterDominion Champions Logan Derby, Grand Mogul and Springfield Globe. He was influential as broodmare sire of a numberof the progeny of Bonny Logan (Admiration, Bayard, Captain Morant, Coquette, Safety Pin) as well as Belle Logan (Jean Logan, Logan Derby, Lone Raider, Pendant). A member of the Tom Hal sire line, Logan Pointer was leading sire on seven occasions in NZ in a career shortened by his death in 1924.

Curfew Bell (Wildwood/Bonnie Belle), a half sister to Country Belle was the dam of Belle Logan and grand dam of Logan Derby, sire of Johnny Globe, in turn sire of Lordship etc. Bonnie Belle (Lincoln Yet/arab mare from the stud of Sir John Cracroft Wilson, Cashmere) was the foundation mare of this classic winner producing family. Her daughter Country Belle (1915 NZ Cup) will be reviewed with regards to the deeds of classic producing mare Rustic Maid in a future article.

Belle Logan had four unplaced starts as a four-year-old in 1919/20 before recording her only two wins(FPTC and Waimate RC). She raced as a five and six-year-old and she had one start as a seven-year-old. She only recorded one further placing. Belle Logan's progeny included the legendary Logan Derby, a son of Globe Derby and winner of 57 races for prize money in excess of 10,000. These included being undefeated in the inaugural IDs in Perth 1936(three heats/final) and champion on points (heat winner, two thirds and fastest times from long marks) in 1940 also in Perth. Under the championship rules, Logan Derby with 18 points was proclaimed champion from Master Dixie(13) and Grand Mogul(13⅓). Grand Mogul received 1,000 for his Grand Final victory, the same amount as Logan Derby who received a gold cup. During the ID carnival, Logan Derby established his 2:04TT record placing him among the first six horses to better the 2:05 mark in Australia.

Logan Derby spent time in NZ in late 1938 where in seven starts he won on three occasions and placed in the other four starts. His record showed: thirds in NZ Cup(Morello)/ Ollivier Hcp, second in Louisson Hcp before winning NZFFA - all during 1938 Cup carnival with three starts at Forbury Park resulting in wins in Forbury Hcp and Forbury Presidents Hcp before a second in his final NZ Start, Recovery Hcp. His NZ earnings amounted to 1,795.

Exported to NZ(1944) to F J Smith after initially standing at stud in Perth in 1943 for J P(John) Stratton) following his retirement at age 13, he sired 98 winners(36 in Aust). These included champion Johnny Globe(winner of 34 races/45 places, 15 FFAs, four world records, NZ/GN Derby, NZ Cup, NZFFA(2), leading sire/broodmare sire including Lordship, NZ Hall of Fame), Fabius(GN Derby), Jewel Derby/ Tapuwae(Rowe Cup), Vodka(Dominion Hcp, NZ Trotting FFA, first Australasian winner in North America, NZ Hall of Fame). He was dam sire of Logan Count(Dominion Hcp), Master Dean(NZFFA, five classic race mile wins). Logan Derby passed through a number of hands during his siring career - after Smith's death he went to Edgar Kennerley, then Tamahare owner RC Mason stood him for a number of years before being sold to George Youngson at Gore.

Pendant, was a winner in Tasmania including a heat of the 1939 IDs held at Elphin raceway, Launceston and grand dam of High Pendant(left four winners), sire of 16 winners including Sally Alla, Australian Broodmare of Year in 1987 & 1988. She was dam of Rowleyalla($m, NSW Breeders Plate-2, HSW SS-3, Qld/NSW Derby, Qld Winter Cup, Aust 2YO mile record 1:55.0TT, Aust Mile record 1:52.6TT) and Grand Thor(ID heat). Jean Logan, won the Tasmanian Easter Cup but did not breed on.

Dillon Logan, recorded 11 wins(seven as a four-year-old) in NZ including Hawera/ Dunedin Cups and Oamaru Hcp. Lone Raider(Raider) whose nine wins included the CPTC Winter Cup. Van Logan (Van Derby), a winner in Australia was exported to NZ(1947) to stand at stud being a minor sire leaving 15 winners(four Aust). Other minor winners in Australia included Beaudesert, Speedy Logan and Logan Globe(dam of two winners). Non winning mare Para Belle left 11 foals for three winners.

Credit: Peter Craig writing in Harnessed Dec 2014

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