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Royal Gem

Royal Gem
Sire Dhoti
Dam French Gem
Grandsire Dastur
Damsire Beau Fils
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1942
Country Australia
Color Brown
Breeder George W. Badman
Owner George W. Badman
Trainer George R. Jesser
Record 51: 23-8-5
Earnings £27,630
Royal Gem is a thoroughbred racehorse out of French Gem by Dhoti. He was born around 1942 in Australia, and was bred by George W. Badman.
Major wins
City of Adelaide Stakes (1946, 1948)
Ascot Vale Stakes (1945)
Cantala Stakes (1945)
Caulfield Guineas (1945)
Caulfield Cup (1946)
Linlithgow Stakes (1945)
Goodwood Handicap (1946)
Toorak Handicap (1946)
Australian Futurity Stakes (1948)
Newmarket Handicap (1948)
Underwood Stakes (1948)
Royal Gem Handicap, Caulfield.
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 28 May 2010

Royal Gem (foaled 1942 in Australia) was a versatile Thoroughbred racehorse that won 23 races ranging from 5 furlongs to 12 furlongs. He was later a successful sire in the United States.



He was a brown stallion by the good racehorse and sire, Dhoti (GB) from French Gem, (a winner of five races in Melbourne including the 1938 VRC Oaks), by Beau Fils (GB). French Gem was the dam of 5 stakes-winners which had 23 stakes-wins. Her other stakes-winners were:

  • Solar Gem by Helios (GB), won PARC Sires Produce Stakes
  • Beau Gem by Helios, won Victoria Derby, Underwood Stakes (twice), Adelaide RC South Aust. St. Leger Stakes, VRC Turnbull Stakes, Adelaide RC Parkside Stakes, exported to America[1]
  • Crown Gem by Dhoti, won Adelaide RC Birthday Cup and other races for £7,008 in stakes.[2]

Royal Gem was inbred to Son-in-Law in the third generation (3x3) of his pedigree.[3]

Stakes races

At two-years: 1944-1945

Five wins including the VRC Ascot Vale (2yo) Stakes over six furlongs [1]

At three-years: 1945-1946

Eight wins including the

  • 1945 VATC Caulfield Guineas, eight furlongs, in a dead heat with Attley
  • 1946 Adelaide City Handicap (carrying 9 st. 8 lb [61 kg])
  • 1946 SAJC Sir Willoughby Norrie Stakes (wfa) 10 furlongs (dead heat with Brazen Jester)

At four-years: 1946-1947

Four wins including the

  • 1946 VATC Toorak Handicap 8 furlongs[4]

Royal Gem’s biggest win was the 1946 Caulfield Cup with nine stone (57 kg). However, this win was overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the defeat of the champion Bernborough who had won his previous 15 races and then conceded 11 kgs to Royal Gem, to finish fifth in this race. [1] It was reported that Royal Gem's owner, George W. Badman, [2] won £30,000 by backing his horse to win the race.

At five-years: 1947-1948

Five wins including the

  • 1948 Adelaide City Handicap with 10 stone 5lbs.

The fact Royal Gem won the Futurity Stakes over seven furlongs (1,400m) and Newmarket Handicap over six furlongs (1,200 m) after his Caulfield Cup 12 furlongs (2,400 m) win proved his versatility.

At six-years: 1948-1949

One win, 1948 MRC Underwood Stakes over eight furlongs. Royal Gem carrying 11 stone (70 kg) was also second to Chatter Lad, 7 st 12 lbs (50 kg), in the SAJC Warradale Handicap.

Often asked to carry big weights by the handicappers, he had raced for five seasons starting 51 times for 23 wins, 8 seconds and 5 thirds for £27,630 in prize money.

Stud record

Following his six-year-old season Royal Gem was purchased by interests from the United States for £30,000 and brought to stand at stud at Warner Jones, Jr.'s Hermitage Farm in Kentucky. [3] There, he sired the winners of over a thousand races including the 1953 Kentucky Derby winner Dark Star who in turn sired Hidden Treasure, the 1961 Canadian Horse of the Year.[5] Royal Gem's son, Royal Bay Gem (b. 1950), was a winner of five stakes races in 1953 including the Everglades Stakes and Jersey Stakes for $224,495.[5]Royal Bay Gem also ran third in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes after finishing fourth to Dark Star in the Kentucky Derby.

Other Royal Gem progeny includes, Precious Stone won $110,861; Royal Spirit, won in Canada the Duchess Stakes (twice), E.P.Taylor Stakes and Summer Stakes. Its Ann won in Canada the Highlander Stakes and Rose’s Gem won $230,964.[3]

The Royal Gem Handicap for three-year-olds run over 1,000 metres at Caulfield is named in honour of Royal Gem.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  2. ASB: French Gem Rtetrieved 2010-5-28
  3. 3.0 3.1 Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  4. Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6
  5. 5.0 5.1 du Bourg, Ross, The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred", Thomas Nelson, Melbourne, 1980, ISBN 0 17 005860 3

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