*Noholme II
 An Australian Star and an American Legend

My sincere thanks to the Thoroughbred Record for use of this article by Timothy T. Capps of May 1983  that those new to the sport of racing may also re-live the moment.

Humanely destroyed on May 17, 1983 at the age of 27.

The fact that *Noholme II, was the first horse interred in the equine cemetery at Lasater Farm in Ocala, Florida, seems to be a fitting tribute to a horse who represented something of a landmark as a stallion.

 

*Noholme II was bred in Australia and spent the first part of his racing career in the country of his birth. He was a son of the splendid Australian stallion Star Kingdom, who led the sire list in that nation five times while establishing a reputation as a major influence for speed and precocity, Star Kingdom was an English-bred, as was *Noholme II's dam, Oceana, a daughter of the brilliant miler Colombo from the excellent mare Orama, another influence for speed. The union of Star Kingdom and Oceana had previously produced one of the legends of Australian racing in the sensationally fast Todman, a talented but unsound horse who was widely regarded as one of the finest sprinter-miler types ever seen "Down Under."

With that pedigree as background, *Noholme II was, nonetheless, a fast-developing and capable racehorse. At two he was unplaced in the prestigious Golden Slipper Stakes, but followed with a win in the Champagne Stakes at Randwick, and was ranked sixth on the two-year old Free Handicap.
As a three-year-old he demonstrated versatility 
and a fair degree of stamina by winning Australia's most valuable mile race, the Epsom Handicap, over older horses, then running ten furlongs in a course-record 2:02 while capturing the important W. S. Cox Plate, 
a major weight-for-age event, prior to taking the 1 1/2-mile C. B. Fisher Plate. These feats earned him an unofficial accolade as Australian Horse of the Year. After four additional starts in Australia, 
he was sold to American oilman Gene Goff for 18,000 Australian dollars and shipped to the United States in July of 1960, 
where he was to be trained by A. W. Beuzeville.

 After being given several months to be accustomed to his new surroundings, * Noholme II was introduced to American competition in the Hurricane Handicap at Tropical Park in Florida, where he showed early speed before weakening to finish fourth. This was to prove instructive with regard to his remaining racing career, for *Noholme II, despite running well in stakes company on several occasions, could not win in added money competition in this country, He did demonstrate, however, that he was a solid, if not superior, performer over middle distances, with placings in the Orange Bowl, Chicago, Stars and Stripes, and Bougainvillea Turf Handicaps.

After failing to win in four starts at six, *Noholme II was retired to stud at Goff's Verna Lea Farm in Arkansas. The small (15.2 hands) son of Star Kingdom certainly was not well patronized in his first season, being bred to only 14 mares, none of whom possessed either quality pedigrees or race records.
From that first small crop of 13 live foals, however, 11 were winners, and from * Noholme II's second crop pf 40 foals, mostly bred from cheap mares purchased by Goff to fill  his stallion's book, came 24 two-year-old winners -- a North American record, making * Noholme II leading juvenile sire by number of winners.
The result of this early stud success was that Goff and Bob Marks were able to syndicate the horse for $1-million in 1967, and moved him to Mark's Robin's Nest Farm near Ocala, Florida. He was moved to Lasater Farm in 1974, where he spent the remainder of his stud career.

This excellent second crop became significant for more than numerical reasons, as it included two-time handicap champion Nodouble, Canadian champion filly Hometown News, and four other stakes winners.

*Noholme II was thereby launched upon an outstanding stud tenure that has seen him sire 487 stakes winners and the earners of over $11.6-million as of this time, including Italian champion filly Carnauba and 1973 champion sprinter Shecky Green. With 18 crops racing, *Noholme II has sired 279 winners of 1,432 races. His average earnings per starter is $33,803. Among his current representatives on the track are the European star General Holme and three-year-old stakes winners Noble Home and Jeff's Companion. He will have three more crops to race, including two-year-olds of 1983.
*Noholme II has been the most successful stallion imported to this country from Australia, and has been the primary reason that the Star Kingdom male line has gained international importance in recent years. His son Nodouble was the leading sire in North America in 1981 by progeny earnings, and his 16 stakes winners that year established a record for number of stakes winners in one year, which was equaled by Roberto last year. Shecky Greene has also shown promise at stud, especially through his outstanding son Green Forest, champion at two in France in 1981 and top miler in Europe in 1982. The last-named horse is typical of the Star Kingdom-* Noholme II line, being a small compact horse with an excellent shoulder and generally muscular appearance. It is likely that the race track and stud performances of these descendants of *Noholme II will assure his continuing prominence in American pedigrees for years to come.