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Paraparap Influence Continues To Shine
The impressive all the way victory of 3YO gelding Mr Jackman (Northern Meteor-Miss Broadway, by General Nediym) in the TAB iPhone App Handicap (1300m) at Warwick Farm yesterday brought two sad recent passings in the racing industry into clear focus. The first, of course, is the devastating loss of Widden Stud stallion Northern Meteor, whose trail of juvenile winners continues to blaze. The second is the passing of highly respected and highly successful owner / breeder Divid Kirby earlier this year. Mr Jackman's 3rd dam is Paraparap (Manihi-Renounce, by Mariton), the product of a $4,000 dispersal sale purchase by Kirby (in foal to The Pug) when Kirby decided to venture into thoroughbred breeding in the mid-70's. Paraparap, bred by Kirby, produced 7 individual winners, including stakes winners Swell Time Girl (grand dam of Mr Jackman) and Power and Glory. Such was his love of Paraparap, when she finished her breeding career at the end of 1999, Kirby continued to agist her at Millford Thoroughbreds in Victoria until her eventual death at the age of 32 in 2011. In a previous article in B&R, the late David Kirby commented on Paraparap, "We owed her a lot. She was like a pet. She was a really nice horse. [Richard Kerry of Millford Thoroughbreds] used to do her feet on the farm, keep her warm in the winter and really looked after her really well. He knew that we wanted to keep her as comfortable as possible." From humble beginnings in the breeding industry, with a humbly bred mare, Kirby went on to eventually triumph at racing's highest level with his mare Pinker Pinker in the 2011 Gr1 Cox Plate.