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Wednesday, December 10, 2003


Generous, hero of the 1991 Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, is making an equally big impression as a stallion, particularly in New Zealand, where he is responsible for the Derby favourite Philamor.

A strong, well-made colt with a flaxen mane and tail, Philamor is the spitting image of his sire and looks to have inherited much of his ability. The three-year-old staked his claims for top billing for the New Zealand Derby after his victory in the Avondale Guineas on Saturday, one of the final lead-up races to the Derby in just under three weeks' time at Ellerslie, New Zealand's premier racetrack.

"He is just like Generous both in looks and galloping action," said Philamor's trainer Tony Cole. "He's such an enthusiastic horse, he eats everything and loves his work."

Philamor was bred and is owned by the Archer Corporation, a family company formed by Robin and Muriel Archer which includes their children Kate, Susan and Les. Philamor is the result of 40 years of investment in the New Zealand thoroughbred industry by Robin, a former All Black, and his wife Muriel.

"We could count on one hand the number of horses we have had that have been good enough even to start in a Group race let alone win one," said Susan Archer who along with her husband Michael Martin bred Sunline, to whom Philamor is closely related.

Generous, who with a Timeform rating of 139 was the highest rated horse of the 1990s, was bought in 2001 by Glenmorgan Farm in New Zealand and he shuttles to Plantation Stud in Newmarket for the northern hemisphere breeding season. His foals at the recent Tattersalls December Sales made up to 220,000gns.

"We have invested so much in Generous," said Brett Jenkins, managing director of Glenmorgan Farm. "He cost an enormous amount of money to bring into New Zealand and of course we now own him. To have the Derby favourite is a dream come true.

"Generous was trained by Paul Cole and went on to become one of the greatest three-year-olds England has seen. Philamor is trained by a man who has the same surname, Tony Cole. I'm beginning to think there might be an omen there."

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