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Situated on the famous Bury Side of Newmarket, Kremlin Cottage is ideally positioned in the heart of Racing’s headquarters.
The Beautiful Victorian brick and flint buildings have been recently restored to a very high standard providing outstanding stabling and in beautiful surroundings. Once a stud belonging to a Russian Prince, Kremlin Cottage has a long association with success. More recently the yard was used as a secondary base for neighbour Luca Cumani. The tranquil surroundings and superbly ventilated stables persuaded the famous trainer to house many of his best horses here. Derby winners High Rise and Kahyasi were based here in their classic winning seasons as was Comanche Run (St Leger).
Classic success runs a thick vein through Kremlin Cottage as a result of these horses. Hugo Palmer Racing’s colours are equally steeped in racing history. A century earlier the stable’s colours of white with primrose braid and sleeves were carried by the horses of Hugo’s great, great, great uncle, Sir James Miller.
One of the luckiest owners to ever live, Sir James bought his first horse, bred by the Royal Studs at Hampton court, when he was 26 years old. Having been sent to Kingslere to be trained by the great John Porter and named Sainfoin, the small chestnut colt won the 1890 Derby. Sir James won the 1895 Oaks with La Sagesse and the 1901 1000 Guineas with Aida. His greatest success came in 1903 when his homebred colt Rock Sand (by Sainfoin) won the Triple Crown.
Rock Sand was a truly remarkable racehorse. At two he won the Woodcote stakes at Epsom on Derby day, the Coventry stakes at Royal Ascot, The champagne stakes at Doncaster and having been beaten narrowly for the first time in the Middle Park stakes at Newmarket he returned two weeks later to reassert his authority and win the Dewhurst stakes.
Despite winning the Craven stakes at Newmarket he was not Jockey Danny Maher’s first choice for the 2000 Guineas. After watching Rock Sand power to victory ahead of him Maher made sure he picked the right one at Epsom. Always in control Rock Sand won the Derby in good style. Such was the weakness of the three year old division in 1903 that Rock Sand made light of the drop back to a mile at Royal Ascot and won the St James’ Palace. Defeat in the Eclipse, when favourite, by the great Sceptre was followed by a dominant display in the St Leger at Doncaster.
Sir James was leading owner in 1903 and Rock Sand’s victories in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Princess of Wales’s stakes at Newmarket and the Jockey Club Stakes saw him leading owner in 1904 too. In 1906 Sir James’s run of luck ran out and he died childless of pneumonia aged 42. His racing colours (and hopefully some of his luck) have passed to Hugo having been unregistered since his death.
Rock Sand’s stud career was patchy. He sired a classic winner in England before being sold to the USA where he was the sire of a winner of each of the American Triple Crown races. His greatest accolade is as the dam sire of the immortal Man O’War. His remaining male line descendant at stud today include Piccolo. On 9th May 2011 Steady The Buffs became Hugo Palmer’s first winner as a trainer. Her sire: Piccolo.