Sh Ch Twoacres Troilus
KCSB No: 430BD
Best in Show at Belfast Ch Sh 1971
3 Best Gundog Awards at Ch Sh 3 Reserve Best Gundog Awards at Ch Sh
Mars Stud Dog Trophy 1974-1975-1976
Quebec Trophy 1971
Crufts BOB & CC 1973 Crufts RBS 1971 & 1974
Sire: Sh Ch Wendover Gentleman
Dam: Musbury Melisande Of Twoacres
Breeder/Owner: Mrs J E Coates
Sh Ch Twoacres Troilus was one of the very famous ‘T’ litter, bred by June Coates, from the mating between her own Musbury Melisande Of Twoacres and Sh Ch Wendover Gentleman. Troy, as he was known at home, won many awards, which are detailed above, in additon to siring 23 litters, that included many CC winners both here in the UK and abroad, as well as 7RCC winners and 13 Stud Book entrants.
Below is a list of Troilus’s CC winning progeny.
Sh Ch Moyna Mister O’Hara – Dam: Sh Ch Morningstar Melanie
Sh Ch Moyna Michelle – Dam: Sh Ch Morningstar Melanie
Sh Ch Goldings Joss Cambier – Dam: Wendover Bonnie
Sh Ch Shanell Lerouge – Dam: Shama Of Shanell
Sh Ch Cornevon Stargem – Dam: Sh Ch Cornevon Primrose
Sh Ch Skymist Wold Storm – Dam: Skymist Raver
Solace Of Twoacres 1 CC – Dam: Sh Ch Cornevon Cinderella
Cornevon Stargazer 1 CC & 2 RCC – Dam: Sh Ch Cornevon Primrose
Cornevon Starspangle 1 CC & 2 RCC – Dam: Sh Ch Cornevon Primrose
Cornevon Starkissed Of Cribbarth 1 CC & 3 RCC – Dam: Sh Ch Cornevon Primrose
Barleydale Lucetta 1 CC & 1 RCC – Dam: Sh Ch Twoacres Teresa
Collorne Adonis 1 CC & 2 RCC – Dam: Carracray Kirsty Of Collorne
Collorne Autonoe Of Phendrewson 1 CC & 1 RCC – Dam: Carracray Kirsty Of Collorne
In addition to this he also produced another 7 progeny who were RCC winners and another 13 who were Stud Book entrants.
The following is an extract from an article written by June herself.
‘THERE’S SUMMAT ABOUT THAT ONE’
When I was asked to submit a piece about how I chose my Champion dog, Troilus, I had to admit that I hadn’t chosen him, he was simply an afterthought. When the litter by Wendover Gentleman was born, later to be so successful that it became known here and abroad simply as the ‘T’ litter, I intended to keep a bitch and run on another for company. My pick of litter was Tosca, she had a beautiful head and was a great character, I had no hesitation about her, for me she stood out a mile and there were three other bitches, two of which were booked. Pam Scott had asked for pick of dogs as she wanted to show, she was offered the choice of all the boys and selected Tamburlaine at about 7 weeks, coming again later and still choosing the same pup.
In the meantime, Ernie Woodall, an old friend, had asked to look at the litter; he had been in Springers for 40 years and I respected his opinion. He didn’t set the pups up to look at them, he didn’t even handle them, he just stood in the middle of a milling pack of pups and watched them running about. Picking one up by the scruff, he said in his quiet way, “There’s summat about this one”. This one was Troy and he was retained just to keep Tosca company for a while. At that time I’d no intention of keeping a dog, having been advised that it was sensible for a small kennel just to keep bitches, as the best dogs in the country were available for a stud fee.
So I’d keep him just for a while and let him go when a nice home had been found, but as time went by, I became so attached to him, there was no way I could part with him and he was beginning to reveal his early potential for his natural showmanship and his soundness. I can’t pretend I chose him, he was just a lucky accident and I often wonder if I could see that litter again now, with more experience, would I choose him straight away? A pick of litter? As Ernie had said, there was ‘summat’ about him, he was a great character. So we let the others go, he stayed and that was that.
I well remember bringing Troy and Tosca out as puppies and Mrs Marjorie Jarosz complimenting me on their beautiful feet. They both won Junior classes at Manchester Ch Sh and I was beginning to think I had something special. It’s all history now, but odd moments stand out in one’s memory. I’d taken Troy to a local show under Bill Parkinson and won Best Gundog, so went gaily down to W.E.L.K.S. under him with some hope of minor success. To my amazement, we got the RCC to the great Gentleman and I was very proud when Jimmy James said in his inimitable way, “You’ve got quite a handy dog there”.
The first CC came soon afterwards at Bath with BOB and we were pulled out in the Group. I was thrilled at the time, but a CC at fifteen months can be a bit of a handicap and a very mixed blessing. Troy was among the big boys before he was ready. With his third ticket came the first of his Group wins and when Jimmy James gave him his fourth CC, with the great Cornevon Primrose winning in bitches, I was delighted. Troy was Gentleman’s first Show Champion. After that, Primrose and Troy often stood side by side, being top-winning dog and bitch of their time, Primrose winning 17CC’s and Troilus 21.
They produced some good litters too, Sh Ch Cornevon Stargem and three othe CC winners in one litter, with Starbill and Starlight gaining their titles abroad. Sh Ch Cornevon Cinderella too had a good litter to Troy, my own Solace was a CC winner, but the best of them being Cornevon Quiet Gentleman, a top winner in Holland, who was to become a great stud force for Piet Jacobs and to have a strong influence on the breed on the continent.
I’d gone down to Windsor under Janice Roberts, after all, she had brought two Ch bitches to my dog, we must be in with a chance for the ticket! With a bit of luck. Luck deserted us, it was a beastly hot day and for once – a very rare thing – Troy let me down by refusing to show. He hated the heat and just lay down in the ring. I could have shot him, as his showmanship was usually a joy to see.
They were happy days and I had much pleasure from the wins of Troy’s progeny, there were so many good ones, for Troy did have the opportunity to mate some very influential bitches. He had the facility to produce not just the odd winner, but several in so many litters, notably to Sh Ch Morningstar Melanie, Wendover Bonnie, Cornevon Primrose and Cornevon Cinderella, producing in all 11 CC winners and 6 Sh Ch’s in this country.
Troy is dead now and so is my old friend Ernie, but he was right about Troy and for me there will never be another dog like him. He had over 800 registered progeny and in all his stud career, he never refused to mate a bitch brought to him. He was a clever and reliable stud dog, who very rarely missed to a bitch and it can never be denied that he earned his place in our breed history.
Lovely memories and I don’t think lady luck can ever smile on me again to such effect. We could so easily have sold Troy as a pet, except that there was “SUMMAT ABOUT THAT ONE”.
JUNE E COATES
The following are Troy’s Obituary notices – Printed in the Dog Press 8th April 1979.
On Sunday morning I received information that Sh Ch Twoacres Troilus, who had given no sign of being unwell, had been found dead in his kennel that morning. My commiserations and those of all of us for Mrs Coates. He was about 3 months over 11 years of age, not a particularly long one. He was the best of his sire’s, Sh Ch Wendover Gentleman’s, get and like him, a successful, if not a markedly pre-potent sire. He won 21 Certificates between 1969 and 1975. He was the sire of 8 Certificate winners, 5 of whom got their Sh Ch titles and sire of 18 other winners entered in the Stud Book. These 26 winners were out of 14 different dams and showed a slight preponderance of bitches, namely 16 against 10 dogs. My guess is, that in the years to come, he will be best represented through his daughters. Apart from his entered winning first generation progeny, he sired four setters with entered progeny. His most successful mating was with Sh Ch Cornevon Primrose, which produced 4 Certificate winners and 2 other entered winners. The majority of his winners were produced by line breeding to his sire’s line. Apart from losing the dog himself, I know that Mrs Coates will have the additional regret that he died before she had a chance to test mate him for PRA, something she had made every endeavour to do, regardless of expense, since the suspicion that he could carry the PRA gene was underlined by his sons, Carek Diabolos,siring cases. I did not regard the suspicion as seriously as Mrs Coates did, in fact, I think it can be dismissed and that it is reasonable to assume that Troilus was clear.As a show dog, I think he scored in type, balance and soundness and he had an air in the ring, which is the hallmark of a great dog.
W J RASBRIDGE
The well known Sh Ch Twoacres Troilus, owned by June Coates, died the day following Manchester Championship Show, at just over 11 years of age. Troy had won 21 CC’s, three groups and was BIS at Belfast in 1971. His litter brother, Twoacres Tamburlaine, was BIS at Windsor in 1970 and their sire, Sh Ch Wendover Gentleman, was BIS at Southern Counties in 1969. He sired five English Show Champions and several CC winners here and abroad. Troy had never had a day’s illness in his life and the day before he died, was his usual boisterous self, so it came as a shock to June to find him dead in his kennel on the Sunday morning.
Sunday morning, March 25th, a telephone call by Biddy Evans, who had stayed with June and Jack Coates after Manchester Ch Show, told me the sad news that Troilus had been found dead in his bed. Apparently perfectly well on Saturday, he had died in the night – a great shock for June, to whom all her frineds will extend their sympathy. Troilus was eleven years old last month, getting on of course, although not a great age for a setter. He has been one of the major influences on the breed in the past decade and a string of successful progeny will ensure his place in the history of the breed. One of a famous litter, which produced four Show Champions and another CC winner, he and his sire, together provided the breed with various records.
Records are not always of great significance in themselves, but in this instance, both Gentleman and Troilus seem destined to prove as influential to the Irish Setter in the 1970’s and 1980’s, as did the Rheola’s in the 1930’s and of course they trace back to the Rheola’s, through Sh Ch Wendover Katie, Gentleman’s dam. She was the daughter of Ch Wendover Beggar, the son of Beau of Wendover, the son of Irish Ch Kerry of Wendover, the son of Sh Ch Padriac of Matsonhouse, the son of Sh Ch Grellan of Matsonhouse, the son of Sh Ch Shaun of Matsonhouse, litter brother of Rheola Benedict and Rheola Boniface, sons of Rheola Bryn.
Rheola Benedict was probably the greatest influence of the 1930’s – almost all the established breeders of show Irish Setters used him and produced the lovely heads and expressions which we find in our best Irish Setters today – in fact there is no doubt that the best of that period could compete successfully today with the best of the present time and vice versa.
Troilus has made his mark and we have to suffer the inevitable sadness of saying goodbye to our canine frineds, simply because nature endowed them with a life span so much briefer than our own. When asked if Gentleman was our favourite Irish Setter, the answer always has been and must be, that one does not have favourites. Nevertheless, when his time came, our hearts were heavy indeed and I know that June is feeling the same way about Troilus. Fortunately, human nature is buoyant and the memory of the good influence a dog has on the breed, provides compensation in due course for his loss.
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