""914 Mars" -- Viscount Downe's, Whitby; breeder, Mr. R. Garth, Q.C.; born 1869.
Pedigree: by "Garth's Drake (No.842)" out of his "Mite" (bred by Lord Derby); "Mite" by "Lord Derby's Duke" out of his "Daisy", by "Drake" out of "Nell" (bred by Lord Yarborough); "Duke" by "Drake" out of his "Duchess", by "C. Legh's Mars" out of "Lord Mexbro's Mab"; "Drake" by "Mr. Walker's Bang" out of "Mr. E. Mundy's Moll"."
-- EKC Studbook, 1874, Vol.I
"English field trial winner "Lord Downe's Mars" ... "Mars", it will be remembered, was by "Drake", out of "Garth's Mite"."
-- Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer
was inbred, on his dam's side, as "Mite", his grand-dam, was by
"Duke" (son of "Lord Derby's Drake") out of "Daisy", a daughter of "Drake", so half
brother and sister, and "Drake" consorted to his grandmother "Mite", produced a
very good dog in "Mars", and the daughter of "Mars" have been remarkable in
breeding good ones, as instanced by "Teal", the dam of "Priam", and "Jesamine",
the dam of "Lilack" and "Laurel"."
-- The American Field, July 8, 1882
"Brockton's Bounce" was a magnificent dog, a winner on the show bench, and of the first Field Trial in England.
"Newton's Ranger" was another of the early performers, and he was very staunch and brilliant, but it was in the next five years that the most extraordinary Pointer merit was seen, as quite incomparable was
"Sir Richard Garth's Drake", who was just five generations from the Spanish Pointer. "Drake" was rather a tall, gaunt dog, but with immense depth of girth, long shoulders, long haunches, and a benevolent quiet countenance. There was nothing very attractive about him when walking about at Stafford prior to his trial, but the moment he was down he seemed to paralyse his opponent, as he went half as fast again. It was calculated that he went fifty miles an hour, and at this tremendous pace he would stop as if petrified, and the momentum would cover him with earth and dust. He did not seem capable of making a mistake, and his birds were always at about the same distance from him, to show thereby his extraordinary nose and confidence. Nothing in his day could beat him in a field. He got some good stock, but they were not generally show form, the bitches by him being mostly light and small, and his sons a bit high on the leg. None of them had his pace, but some were capital performers, such as
"Sir Thomas Lennard's Mallard";
"Mr. George Pilkington's Tory";
"Mr. Lloyd Price's Luck of Edenhall",
winner of the Field Trial Derby, 1878;
"Lord Downe's Mars" and "Bounce", and
"Mr. Barclay Field's Riot". When Sir Richard Garth went to India and sold his kennel of Pointers at Tattersalls, Mr. Lloyd Price gave 150 guineas for "Drake".
-- Robert Leighton, 1910, Dogs and All About Them