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RUSSIA HAILED AS STUD,

BARGAIN BY NEW OWNER

VTEW YORK, Tues. (A.A.P.) ^ -The Australian race- horse Russia, who reached San Francisco today, was de- scribed by his new owner, David Davis, as "the biggest bargain I ever got."

Davis said Russia's purchase and transportation cost was about £15,000.

He added that turf experts pre- dicted Russia would bring a wel- come infusion of stamina blood to a country which doted on speed in racing.

The "Morning Telegraph" said: "Russia stood the trip splendidly. He was on deck for the entire jour-

ney.

"Although he had a portable stall erected in his enclosure, and could be indoors during bad weather, he travelled in the same way as Phar Lap some years ago, and actually gained weight."

Phar Lap Recalled

"Phar Lap came here under those conditions, and won his only start on this continent in such a hollow fashion the turf world was stirred to an extent never known since the days of Man o' War.

"Shipment in this fashion is ex- pensive, but it seems to pay divi-

dends."

Observers believed Davis had devised the perfect method for

shipping; horses across the Pacific, . said the "Telegraph."

This was a paddock built on deck, with plenty of sand, and stall, plus a rigid schedule of feeding and. ex-

ercise.

Giving Russia's race record and stake winnings, including his im- pressive 1947 Melbourne Cup vic- tory, the "Telegraph" quoted one Australian writer as having stated: "Courage that was so marked in the make-up of Phar Lap, Peter Pan, Windbag, and Spearfelt, played a big part in the racing career of Rus- sia. He goes to America with the best wishes of Australia."

Other Australians

The "Telegraph" said Russia was destined for stud duty at David Davis' Oak Dell farm at Cupertino.

California.

It added: "Australian stud horses are not uncommon in Califor- nia, where they are most popular.

"Ajax seemingly has a bright fut- ure at Charlie Howard's Ridgewood ranch; Reading has proven himself at J. H. Ryan's Northbridge farm; and the first foals of Melbourne Cup winner Colonus are attracting atten- tion at the Edenvale farm of Mrs. John Adams.

"Californians keenly miss Shan- non and Bernborough, who went to Kentucky through the enterprise of Leslie ' Combs, of Spendthrift

Farm.

"Russia was something of an idol, like Phar Lap and Shannon, on Aus- tralian racecourses.

"When he won the Carbine Stakes at Flemington, he was given an ova- tion that astounded the most stolid Australians."

Russia's new owner, Davis, is not- ed in the United States for his Aus- tralian importations.

He first brought over Phar Lap, and later Tea Trader, and Pillow Fight.

He is an old South Sea Islands trader and knows his way around the Australian racing world.

The "Telegraph" recalled that Russia's dam, Lively, was bought at a sale for about £120.

The seller was John Brown, "the coal king and Rockefeller of Aus-

tralia."

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