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Lot J. 26 was a three-year-old chestnut Australian filly by BIARRITZ out of EASTERN GLOW by CROWN GEM.
He was a regular race-goer and had applied for a subscription griffin on several occasions without success before.
However, Mr & Mrs Swaine were disappointed to see a tiny animal standing in the middle of a box.
She was just fifteen hands low, thus, supposedly a sprinter.
Mr & Mrs Swaine did not have any high hopes for her.
Sir John Swaine wanted a name that suggested speed, grace, femininity and a fighting heart.
He wanted to use a nautical theme in choosing a name.
He was looking out at the harbor one morning from his flat, some vessels gave him the inspiration.
Thus he selected CORVETTE, which is a small ship.
When CORVETTE had her first barrier trial it became obvious that this filly had ability and made up for her lack of size with being very competitive.
Green, she’s green, Mr & Mrs Swaine complained but she was willful and wanted to race against the boys her own way, passing them all after the home turn.
1975-11-22 Hartack, inaugural Maiden Race, Set Weight
CORVETTE proved an inspired name for the headstrong young filly which ran an astonishing first-up 3rd over 1400 metres on the sand.
She made up an enormous amount of ground to finish two lengths and a head 3rd to LITTLE CORPORAL and BONNIE DART.
He reported that she was very green and started to duck in and out once under his call.
1975-12-13_1 Hartack, inaugural victory, Central Stakes
CORVETTE, at her next start, won a mile race in the wet.
She was the hot favorite set behind the pacemaker BONNIE DART along the way.
Easily went to the front on hitting the straight winning by an effortless five lengths from SHAKTI.
But she was still proving a handful to ride.
1976-01-17_5 Paquet, The Derby
CORVETTE scorched around the outside at the bottom of the straight and dashed pass the leaders for a fine win.
They could not hold off the storming finish of CORVETTE, who went on the win by half a length.
CORVETTE was put aside for a spell and made her reappearance a month later.
She came with a thundering run around the outside to tip out the English mare BROADLAW over 1650 metres.
She finished very strongly for an easy two lengths victory.
CORVETTE took off around the outside of the field and dashed past those leaders.
She held on comfortably to score from SUN LORD and MONEY NO OBJECT.
CORVETTE had to be retired because she was blinded in one eye during this race on the sand.
CORVETTE only placed 7th.
Lady Swaine determined to start her breeding career and sent her to stud in England.
|1975-11-22||72||Griff.||Sand||1400||Griffin Set race||135||W Hartack||10||7||3||1.36.6||6|
|1975-12-13||105||Griff.||Turf||1650||Central Stakes||125||W Hartack||14||12||1||1.51.7||2.4|
|1976-01-01||127||Griff.||Turf||1800||Kukri Stakes||135||W Hartack||10||6||2||1.54.7||1.7|
|1976-03-06||238||2||Turf||1650||Governor‘s Cup||127||W Hartack||13||12||1||1.42.0||14|
|1976-10-30||37||1||Turf||1235||Class 1 Handicap||120||W Hartack||11||11||6||1.17.8||5.4|
|1976-11-20||77||1/2||Turf||1650||Class 1 , 2 Handicap||116||G Lewis||10||9||6||1.42.4||15|
|1976-11-27||89||Open||Turf||1235||Fakei Cup||121||W Hartack||11||9||6||1.13.9||11|
|1976-12-11||113||Open||Turf||1800||P & O Cup||111||C C Chan||12||5||3||1.51.5||18|
|1977-01-01||141||Open||Turf||2230||Chinese Club Chal. Cup||119||W Hartack||6||5||3||2.18.6||5|
|1977-01-29||193||1||Turf||1800||Class 1 Handicap||116||R Turcotte||13||13||5||1.49.6||7.5|
|1977-02-12||216||2||Turf||1650||Q E II Cup||138||W Hartack||14||6||WD||1.40.8||—|
|1977-03-19||278||2||Turf||1800||Cricket Club Stakes||136||W Hartack||9||3||5||1.51.5||6.8|
|1977-04-30||358||1/2||Turf||1800||Class 1 , 2 Handicap||133||W Hartack||10||7||6||1.56.6||5.6|
|1977-05-14||381||2||Turf||2230||Flyaway Cup||131||W Hartack||6||6||1||2.22.8||4.8|
|1977-10-08||2||2||Sand||1030||Class 2 Handicap||128||W Burnett||8||2||2||1.06.8||8|
|1977-11-05||60||2||Turf||1650||Saunders Trophy||130||W Burnett||13||7||2||1.41.5||11|
|1977-12-03||109||2||Turf||2230||Jubilee Chall. Cup||136||W Burnett||5||4||5||2.21.3||3.1|
|1978-01-02||154||1/2||Turf||1650||Class 1 , 2 Handicap||125||P Paquet||12||5||2||1.45.6||3.9|
|1978-02-18||206||Open||Turf||1800||Jockey Invitation Cup||118||J Roe||14||9||3||1.49.5||22|
|1978-03-11||240||2||Turf||1235||Class 2 Handicap||139||J Roe||11||6||8||1.19.7||10|
|1978-04-08||294||1/2||Turf||1235||Class 1 , 2 Handicap||124||C C Chan||11||7||5||1.22.2||27|
|1978-05-20||374||Open||Sand||2000||Sassoon Chall. Cup||117||W Burnett||12||10||7||2.12.8||9.3|
WD = Withdrawal
CORVETTE and FANTAN had little in common.
They met each other only twice on the track, each finished ahead of the other.
Beside blinded in one eye coincidentally, these two winners each had that rare and marvelous quality – a great heart.
The two left their legends behind for the UK and they could live happily ever after.
In 23 races from five to twelve furlongs on all surfaces she took 4 firsts, 4 seconds (3 just a nose behind in the photos) and 5 thirds (in two of them the winners, SUPER WIN and AERAS set new records).
She averaged $7,266 in stakes money for Sir John each time she went out.
Murray Supple concluded:
“CORVETTE was small, but she had a big heart and from her very first barrier trial it was obvious that she was a very good filly.
CORVETTE (sometimes corvet) is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, originally smaller than a frigate (2000+ tons) and larger than a coastal patrol craft or fast attack craft (500 or fewer tons)
Acknowledgment to Mr Peter Yuen for providing data.
Acknowledgment to Mr Murray Supple for providing data.
Acknowledgment to HKJC Racing Registry for offering record.