Charles Walter Simpson
Charles Walter Simpson (British, 1885–1971)
THE CORONATION STAKES, ROYAL ASCOT, 1928
Watercolor, gouache, 21” x 30”
Toboggan was bred and owned by Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby who owned the Knowsley Stud in Lancashire and Stanley House stud and stable at Newmarket. Derby also owned the Hurry On colt Hunter’s Moon. Frank Butters, Toboggan’s trainer, propelled Lord Derby to the top of the leading owners lists in 1927 and 1928.
Toboggan wasn’t started until August of her 2-year-old year. She ran third in her first effort, a maiden plate at Kempton, and then went on to win her next three races: the Champion Breeders’ Foal Plate, the Boscawen Stakes, and the Dewhurst Stakes and she was rated the top filly in the Two Year Old Free Handicap. Toboggan wasn’t ready for her first race at age 3, the One Thousand Guineas, and finished last of four runners. Between the Guineas and the Epsom Oaks, she improved dramatically and in the Oaks she was never headed, winning by many lengths ahead of the rest of the eld of 13 fillies. She ran second in her next race, the one-mile Coronation Stakes, then had a walk over in the Welsh Oaks.
In the stud her best racehorse was Bobsleigh, her son by Gainsborough who won the Richmond Stakes and Newmarket Stakes. He later sired a Grand National winner, Oxo. Toboggan’s daughter Hydroplane was purchased by Warren Wright in 1941, one of two Hyperion daughters he bought that year for Calumet Farm. At Calumet, Hydroplane produced two modest winners in her first two foals, but her third foal was the dark bay colt Citation, a great stayer and winner of the Triple Crown.