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1916-05-31 Joe Childs FIFINELLA Sir Edward Hulton Newmarket Derby

a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare This, so called New Derby Stakes, was run on Tuesday 30th May 1916 at Newmarket and the winner was bred by Sir Edward Hulton and trained by Richard (Dick) C.Dawson at Whatcombe. The winner won by a neck with a head between second and third. The winners time was 2 mins 36.6 secs. When the original entries for the 1916 Derby were made, FIFINELLA had not been entered. The outbreak of war in 1914 however, led to the race, and all the entries, being cancelled and then re-opened when it was agreed to run a substitute race at Newmarket. FIFINELLA was therefore eligible. The most recent Derby won by the “flying filly” was the third in eight years by a female, following SIGNORINETTA (1908) and TAGALIE (1912).
Author Roald Dahl, born the year of FIFINELLA’s great racing successes, used her name for his female characters in his 1943 book, The Gremlins. The character’s image, designed by Walt Disney, became the mascot of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, who called themselves the “Order of FIFINELLA”.
1916 in Hongkong, HKJC still owed the Bank $109,875. It was able, nevertheless, to contribute $36,000 to War Charities. Tam Pearce started his Dynasty stable. The third Chairman of HKJC Mr White raced under his own name, same as Mr Moller and Mr Morriss (The latter was the 1925 MANNA Epsom derby winning owner).

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