A Veteran Sportsman;
The public in general and racegoers, in particular will regret to learn of toe death, of that well-known and respected sports man, Mr. James Henry Aldndge. He had been in ill health, for some time, and
passed, away on Wednesday morning.' Mr. Aldridge was the owner of the famous Richmond Park Stud. The deceased was born at Kensington, South Australia, on Jnly 4, 1819, and was a son of the late Mr. George Aldridge, who came to this State in 1847. Mr. Aldridse was educated at St. Peter's Cdllege, and immediately he left school he became a member of the sur vey party in the Northern Territory, con ducted by the late G. W. Goy der (Surveyor-General). He' - was associated with this body for a number o£ years, and on returning to the city straightway joined the tele tp-aph party entrusted with the work of re poling on the Roper River. At the con clusion of this work Mr. Aldridge pur
THE LATE MR. J. H. ALDRIDGE. -
THE LATE MR. J. H. ALDRIDGE. -
chased a herd of bullocks, and took them to the Northern Territory diggings, and after disposing of them, returned to Ade laide. For nine years he managed Che Globe Hotel in Bundle street. In- those days this hostelry was the popular resort of sportsmen, and TabtersJis Club conduc ted its rooms in. a portion of the building. Mr. Aldridge left the Globe to take charge of the Grand Hotel, Broken Hill, a venture which was highly successful, and. which was not in the least surprising, as it was the time of the Barrier boom days. In later yeans lie kept the Gresham' Hotel. Richmond Park Established. . - In 1890 Mr. Atdridge, who was always a keen follower of- the turf, and was always closely identified with racing matters in this State, decided upon the establishment of a stud farm. . He forwarded a commis -' ?! to the Sydney sales of that year and ime possessed of the weH:performed Canyon, at 1,000 guineas, to fill the posi tion of lord of the harem; and he secured at the same time half a dozen richly bred brood mares, including Brown. Alice, Queensdale, Tuberose, Thora, Atho line, Queen of Nations, and Sylvan Queen. As a matter of fact, Mr. Aldridge commis sioned his friend in Sydney -to purchase at this sale the afterwards famous sire Tren ton, but bis agent failed. Nevertheless, the selection of Carlyon proved highly gratify ing to. all concerned. Possessed of the Ches ter horse and the half-dozen brood mares. Mr. Aldridge cast his eye around -for a suitable site in which to establish himself, and Richmond Park was alighted upon. Mr. Aldridge quickly made a name for 'him- self as a breeder, and Carlyon soon won fame as a sire. ' His first batch of young sters were^decidedlrjwod 'rooking and they, all' sold like ho^ cakes, one' realizing as much as 500 guineas, a sum whidh was paid for the colt by Carlyon from Queen of Na tions, and afterwards raced as St. David. From that day onwards the = Carlyons found a ready market, and the stock, when put into training/ proved themselves on the racecourse. Among othtra sired at Richmond Park by Carlyon were Carl ton, winner of a Newmarket Handicap, Gunga Din (Adelaide . Cup), Antilles (City Handicap and Birthday. Cup), Lord Carlyon (Goodwood ? Handicap), Dirk Hammerhand (S.A. St. Leger), Trqubridge (one . of his fastest horses, especially as a two-year-old, when he won the Ful ham Park Plate), St. Vincent and Aline (Fulham Park Plate), Rienzi (S.A. Derby), Bay Lavender (A.R.C. Grand National Hurdles), Thorinda. Clarion, Caerleon. Ijita Carlyon, and another Carl ton, .which won several races at Broken Hill- For a number of ysars Carlyon topped the winning sires' list in South Australia. .
English Importations. In 1905 this horse met wifci an accident, and although still fit to Ao duty sooner than lose prestige, Mr. Aldridge sent e commission' to England to procure another sire. The result was the importat on cf Pietol. ' The Caitoine horee did not reach South Australia until the breeding eaason was in full swing, and before he was really acclimatized he was asked to do the work for which he was imported. : Notvith etandiug this disadvantage, his fine crop of foals were good looking, and when placed in the salering commanded atten tion on all sides, and the bidding was par ticularly keen. In fact, they topped the market. Like the Carlyons, the Pistols have proved their worth on the race course. Up to date Pistol progeny have won approximately £200,000 in stake money, and they are still going strong, while just to show how hardy the' stock by Pistol have proved 'hemselves it may be pointed out that at the age of 12 years Dead Centre proved equal to win ning an A.E.C. Grand National Steeple chase. Pistol altogether has got two local Grand National Steeplechase winners, three Grand National. Hurdle winners, one V.R.C. Grand National Hurdle -winner, one V.R.C. Grand National Steeplechase winner, and two Australian Hurdle win ners. ? These victories, of course, were achieved when Pistol's representatives had closed down, generally speaking, success ful careers on the flat. Later Mr. Aldridge visited England and purchased St. Anton, a crack sprinter. From his first season the St. Fruequin horse was a conspicnons success,' and his stock have won over al! distances on the flat, and have proved themselves jumpers of no mean order. A few seasons back still another English horse was acquired by Mr. Aldridge. This was Lucknow, whose stock have won seve ral good races, while at the recent spring carnival in Melbourne no fewer than three Lucknaws scored— King of Chide, Quetta, and Taj Mahal. . ; , Continued on Page IL.
DEATH OF MR. J. H. ALDRIDGE. * Continued 'from page 9. Racing Ventures. At one time the squire of Bichmond park patronised the turf freely. He won innumerable races with Satinella, Sardius, Fictitious, and the steeplechaser Warrior; and success in any race by the cardinal and black colours met with the heartiest congratulations from every quarter. Mr. Aldridge was one of the oldest members of the chief racing clubs, and for a number of years acted as committeeman at Tattersalls Club. Mr. Aldridge married in 1880 Sarah, daughter of the late John Carr, an engineer and member of a ship building family in England, and she diad a few years ago. Four sons, George (Mount Gambier}, Leslie (Kingsclere), J. W. (Booborowie), and H. R. (Port Augusta), and two daughters (Mrs. R. R. Marshall (Melbourne), and Mrs. J. E. Morish (Millswood) survive. There are nine grandchildren. In 1907 Mr. Ald ridge had a particularly bad slice of luck, inasmuch as his beautiful residence was razed to the ground by fire. Mr. Aldridge felt tlje loss keenly, because the whole of his stud records, racing illustrations, and turf, trophies were destroyed. . Mr. Ald- ridge was a lovable kindhearted gentle man. To his old and. intimate' friends he was known as 'Jim,' and to the younger generation as 'the old boss.'