Family Syndicate; Fraternal Affiliate
1859, following the death of his first wife Jenny (Holm), Captain Nils sailed his brig ‘Osaka’ from Helsingborg, Sweden, to find work in China.
After a very public legal argument with the Swedish and Norwegian Consulates concerning flags of convenience, Captain Nils declared himself a citizen of Shanghai.
He later removed the umlaut from his Swedish family name of ‘Moller‘.
He had two further families in Shanghai (with Alethea Stephenson and Hannah Clappison).
Some of his grandsons from Alethea later taking commissions in the British Army during WW1 and WW2 (despite their American nationalities).
They subsequently becoming highly decorated in England, France, Russia and Romania.
His family tree from Hannah Clappison were renowned in horse racing.
|Birth Date — Death Date||Name||Age||Place of Birth||Place of Death|
|1825-10-08 — 1903-05-14||Captain Nils Moller||78||Brunnby, Sweden||Helsingborg, Sweden|
|1875-08-12 — 1954-03-13||Nils Amelon Eric Moller||78||Hull, Yorkshire, UK||Kallang Airport, Singapore|
|1884-06-21 — 1978-12-02||Isabel Elizabeth Moller (Blechynden)||94||Auckland, NZ||London, UK|
|1906-10-19 — 1988-07-11||Eric Blechynden Moller||81||Shanghai, China||London, UK|
|1908-04-20 — 1984-07-01||Lindsay Moller||76||Shanghai, China||Durban, South Africa|
|1910-06-23 — 1983-03-13||Ralph Moller||72||Shanghai, China||UK|
|1912-02-06 — 2006-05-27||Christopher Moller||94||Shanghai, China||Hill Crest, Durban, S. Africa|
|1914-10-30 — 1997-04-13||Isabel Erica Blechynden Van de Needa||82||Shanghai, China||London, UK|
|1916-09-26 — 2009-12-24||Nancy Rosalie Wim De Mets||93||Shanghai, China||unknown|
They parlayed into equal good fortune in their thoroughbred venture, which was built upon a group of foundation mares purchased as yearlings or lay-ups.
1944 September, Tattersalls sale at Newmarket, HORAMA was one of the former acquired for 2100 guineas.
She was to prove even more valuable at stud, as her track records clearly illustrated.
Ralph Mollers returned to Great Britain, teaming up with his brother Eric Blechynden (E.B.) Moeller for the breeding ventures.
E B himself also an accomplished rider, same as his father.
They set up the Mollers Racing operation at White Lodge Stud near Newmarket.
The family’s burgundy-and-gold insignia has reached still greater racing heights on the thoroughbred side of affairs.
TEENOSO, who represented the fifth generation of HORAMA’s family.
Other Moller classic winners were FULL DRESS II (1,000 Guineas) and LACQUER (Irish 1,000 Guineas).
1983-03-13, Ralph Moller passed away in England.
Mollers Racing is financed by a trust fund arranged in his will.
PENTIRE, came as a rare all-rounder whose eighteen-race career roaming extensively from 1200 to 2400 meters.
1995-06-23, Ascot, King Edward VII Stakes PENTIRE defeating SHAAMIT and CLASSIC CLICHE.
As a stallion, PENTIRE has fathered a solid, if not flamboyant, line of descendants well featured twenty-five group stakes winners.
With some other winners, they were also by PENTIRE, an equine athlete that has never set hooves on the local turf.
Yet whose human connections went so deep in the history of racing, not only for Hong Kong.
The legend was in a more general context, the coastal racing ports of pre-war China.
PENTIRE was initially campaigned by Ralph “Budgie” Moller‘s syndicate.
He was a cast member of turf stardom way back in Hong Kong‘s amateur era.
More precisely the gentleman rider aboard wonder-pony SILKYLIGHT, the sensational entry for his father, shipping magnate Eric Moeller.
From the past to the present and from the East to the West, Mollers are legendary and extraordinary.
Their name has been synonymous with high-class equestrian sports such as polo and steeplechasing.
The family stud, White Lodge, became an successful landmark of thoroughbred farm and racing industry.
1988-07-11, Eric Blechynden Moller passed away in London.
After his death, both White Lodge Stud and its bloodstock were sold to the Maktoum family of the Middle East..
Flag of convenience is the business practice of registering a merchant ship in a sovereign state different from that of the ship’s owners, and flying that state’s civil ensign on the ship. Ships are registered under flags of convenience to reduce operating costs or avoid the regulations of the owner‘s country.
HORAMA is a Greek word meaning “sight, spectacle, that which is seen,” from horan “to look, see”.
PENTIRE is a stretch of coast in Cornwall area, UK.
Acknowledgment to Ms Zhou Xing-ling for providing photos.
Acknowledgment to HKJC Racing Registry for offering relevant records.