Lemberg, owned and bred by Alfred W Cox (1857-1919), was born in 1907 by Cyllene out of Galicia. Cox, who raced his horses under the assumed name of Mr Fairie, made his fortune in Australia as a young man, discovering a large silver deposit on the derelict sheep station he had won in a game of poker on the voyage out from England. Cox subsequently sold his stake in his Broken Hill Silver Mines, returning to England to invest his fortune in his love of racehorses, and what was to become a notable racing dynasty. Cox's colours were white and orange. In 1910, as a three-year-old trained by Alec Taylor, Lemberg won the Derby, St James Palace Stakes, the Jockey Club Stakes, the Champion Stakes and Lowther Stakes, was deadheated in the Eclipse Stakes with Neil Gow, and finished second in the 2000 Guineas and third in the St Leger. The following year, he won the Coronation Cup, Doncaster Stakes and Lowther Stakes for a second time, and became one of 10 back-to-back winners of the Champion Stakes. Retiring to stud in Newmarket, he was champion stud in 1922.
An early 20th Century opal and enamel commemorative pendant