Suffix Change for Dam of a Legend
Tara Madgwick - Wednesday, 12 July 2017
One of the most famous mares in the Australian Studbook has had a suffix change thanks to some detective work from pedigree gurus in two hemispheres.

Australian guru Malcolm Campbell and his close associate Bettina Fuchss of Potsdam, Germany uncovered the error which the Australian Studbook have now rectified.

Ada Hunter, the dam of Australian Horse of the Year and legendary three times Cox Plate winner Kingston Town, was originally imported to Australia with a German suffix.

Any conversation regarding the modern day success in Australia of German thoroughbreds, notably through top class German stallion Monsun, sire of Melbourne Cup winners Fiorente, Protectionist and Almandin invariably leads to a mention of Ada Hunter.

As it turns out, German she is not.

Sired by a French stallion from an English mare, Ada Hunter was in fact foaled in Italy and then travelled to Germany as a foal at foot with her dam.

The Australian Studbook have now amended her suffix to Ity rather than Ger.

"All the credit for uncovering the error goes to Bettina Fuchss," said Malcolm Campbell, who notified the Australian Stud book of her finding.

"The swift correction of this innocent mistake is greatly appreciated by the many "Pedigree Purists" all over the world."

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