Oil on canvas, 9 1⁄2” x 12 1⁄4”
Signed, dated 1835, inscribed with the horses names.
Sotheby’s New York June 7, 1991
lot 47 Essex Gallery of Sport
The Subscription Plate was run at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting on April 22, 1835. Stanlake Batson’s chestnut colt Plenipotentiary won the race, with Lord Orford’s grey colt Clearwell second and Colonel Peel’s bay filly Rosalie third. In a career that lasted only a year Plenipotentiary ran seven times and won six — including the Derby at Epsom, the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, and the Port Stakes.
Plenipotentiary faced stiff competition in Clearwell, who was the winner of the 2000 Guineas Stakes, Clearwell Stakes, and the Wokingham Stakes; and Rosalie, one of the top fillies of the day. Jockey Jem Robinson was awarded the mount on Plenipotentiary in the Subscription Plate and was well acquainted with Clearwell, having ridden the colt to victory in the 2,000 Guineas of 1833. While Plenipotentiary would go down in history as the better horse, Robinson’s victory on Clearwell in the Guineas helped cement the talented rider’s place in history. Robinson won the 2000 Guineas nine times, a record that stands to this day.