Crimson & Silver Braid History
The story begins with Sidney Dunbavin Hollingsworth and the 1933 sales where his trainer Joe Lawson purchased Felsetta. This was the first racehorse he had bought, and as an owner he went on to have early success in the 1936 Irish Derby with Raeburn, and then Felsetta herself won the Liverpool Autumn Foal Stakes. Her last race was the Atlanta Stakes at Sandown Park. Her breeding career was sadly interrupted by the Second World War.
Sidney Hollingsworth then bought Arches Hall, which was an agricultural property in the rolling hills close to the river Rib, by the A10 North of Ware near the village of Standon, for his son John. But John died at the age of 27 from an illness contracted during the war. A couple of years later Sidney died leaving Arches Hall to Richard.
The two mares inherited by Richard Hollingsworth were Bardia 1939 by Colombo, and Felucca 1943 by Felstead, Felsettas only winning offspring from five foals. There were also shares in the best Newmarket stallions. The Bardia line became successful away from Arches Hall.
A bay filly by Donatello out of Felucca who won one race as a 3yo, she was exported to Chile, where her progeny produced a large classic family.
A chestnut colt by Borealis out of Felucca, who won the Cranbourne Chase Stakes at four years, after being placed in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot as a 3yo.
A bay filly by Borealis out of Felucca, who won twice over 6 furlongs as a 2yo and over 7f as well as being stakes placed. Was sold and exported to the USA.
A bay filly By Straight Deal out of Felucca, who ran at two, winning on her debut as a 3yo (Ruth Wood Stakes at Kempton), then won the Lingfield Oaks Trial, before being beaten 6 lengths at Epsom in the Oaks by the champion Meld (both fillies never meeting again).
Ark Royal was never beaten again and went on to win the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Yorkshire Oaks, and then becoming the first of her family’s Park Hill Stakes winners. She finished her career with an easy win in the Newmarket Oaks.
A brown filly by Big Game who, after a 3rd in the Ribblesdale Stakes and 4th in the Lancashire Oaks, ran well in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. A bad run at York was made up for by a second Park Hill Stakes victory at Doncaster in consecutive years (her only win): like Ark Royal retained by the stud.
A chestnut filly by Borealis out of Felucca: placed in the Kinnaird Stakes at Ascot, but never able to win. Produced the South African Champion Stakes winner Force Ten and many other winners world wide.
A bay Filly by Donatello II out of Felucca, who ran once at two without winning. Won the Anne of Cleves Stakes at Hurst Park, then the Rubbing House Stakes at Newmarket , before running third in the Epsom Oaks. Became Felucca’s third winner of the Park Hill Stakes in four years, before injuring herself in the Princess Royal Stakes which ended her season.
As a 4yo she won the John Porter Stakes at Newbury, then the Yorkshire Cup, before a disappointing 4th in the Gold Cup: retained by stud.
A bay filly by Blue Peter out of Gaming (out of Bardia), who at three won the Haverhill Stakes and the Thurston Handicap both at Newmarket. Retained by the stud and a dam of winners
A brown colt by Big Game out of Ark Royal, Won two races, also coming 2nd in the Grosvenor Stakes at Chester: sold as a Stallion to Argentina.
A bay colt by Aureole out of Felucca, who won twice as a 4yo, as well as being placed twice at Royal Ascot in the Bessborough Handicap and Hardwicke Stakes: sold as a stallion to Peru.
A bay colt by Court Martial out of Ark Royal. Won the Rous Memorial Stakes at Newmarket as a 2yo. Ran second in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, before finishing 2nd second in the St. James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and later finishing 3rd in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Won the Brighton Mile and the Hungerford Stakes and as a 4yo was 2nd in the Lockinge Stakes and Sussex Stakes, whilst again finishing 3rd in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes . Sold to Japan and became a very successful Stallion.
Kyak was sent to the Great unbeaten Ribot standing in Italy, went over land by train, and did not return to Arches Hall for over five months, A mating which produce the main classic bloodline of the silver braid colours,
Brown Filly By Ribot out of Kyak, won at 10 furlongs at 3 years from seven starts, retired in the autumn of 1962 to Arches Hall she was the most important and enduring branch of the Felsetta Line.
A bay colt by Acropolis out of Felucca, who won the Princess of Wales Stakes (G3) at Newmarket, later winning over jumps after begin sold.
A bay filly by Petition out of Ark Royal, she won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on only her second outing, but because of bad knees ran only twice more, finishing 4th both in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Champion Stakes at Newmarket. Retained by the stud.
A brown colt by Petition out of Kyak, who won two races as a 3yo before being sold.
A bay filly by Premonition out of Kyak, placed twice at three: sold as a broodmare to Japan.
Bay Colt by Aureole out of Ark Royal, his only start at two was a victory in the Houghton Stakes at Newmarket. As a 3yo he won the Thirsk Classic Trial and then the Dante at York. He ran disappointingly in the Derby. After a 4th in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, he won the Great Voltigeur at York and the Jockey Club Cup at Newmarket.
At four Hermes was placed second in John Porter Stakes, Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket , the Ebor Handicap at York and the Prix Gladiateur at Longchamp. At five he was second in Gold Cup, Doncaster Cup and Prix Kergorlay (at Longchamp). Sold to New Zealand, he became a very successful Stallion and Champion Broodmare Sire there.
Chestnut Filly by Doutelle out of Flutter. Won the Yacht Station Plate Yarmouth, then 3rd in Copethorne Stakes at Lingfield: retained by stud and a dam of winners.