William Smithson Broadhead
William Smithson Broadhead (British, 1888–1960)
BROWN JACK IN THE PADDOCK
Oil on panel, 17” x 26”
Richmond Gallery, London
Brown Jack, a bay gelding by Jackdaw out of Querquidella, ran over hurdles, winning the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in 1928. On the at he won the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Ascot an impressive six consecutive years (he was 10 when he won his sixth). He is the only horse to accomplish this feat, and to mark this great achievement a bronze of him by Alfred J. Munnings can be found in the paddock at Ascot.
Brown Jack was held in such high esteem his skeleton was displayed at the Natural History Museum in London. He was known as a horse who won with style and thus won the public’s adoration.