Herring Sr, John Frederick
Sir Gilbert Heathcote's 'Amato' (By Velocipede)
Winner of the Derby 1838
Oil on canvas,
17" x 21"
Signed and dated 1838
Provenance: The Estate of Leslie Combs II, Spendthrift Farm
After three false starts to the 1838 Derby, jockey James Chapple aboard Amato found his way to the lead at the halfway point. Amato held his only challenger, Ion, at bay and won by a length. Standing a slight 15 hands and having picked up a cough a week before the race, "the coughing pony," as he was referred to by a contemptuous press, was hardly thought to be a challenger at all. Compounding his odds with his stature and health was the fact that he had never raced before the Derby. Bred and owned by Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Amato was raised and trained adjacent to Epsom at The Durdans. He never raced again after his Derby triumph.
(Key Words: Thoroughbred Horse Racing, Polo, Steeplechase, Fox Hunting, Shooting, Fishing, African Wildlife, Western)