Bayardo in the Paddock at Epsom

69| Isaac James Cullin (British, 1859-1942)

Bayardo in the Paddock at Epsom

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Signed, Inscribed “Bayardo” and “Epsom,” dated 1909

Watercolor, 10" x 14"

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$2000 - $3000

Cullin Bayardo in the Paddock at Epsom

Considered by many to be one of the greatest horses ever to grace the British turf, Bayardo had a rare ability to compete at almost any distance; from a sprint to a 2½-mile grind, Bayardo could do it all. Boasting an impressive record of 22 wins in 25 starts, Bayardo won some of England’s biggest races including the coveted St. Leger Stakes.

He began his career by taking the New Stakes at Royal Ascot and continued his winning form throughout his 2-year-old season, adding the Breedersc Produce Stakes, the Richmond Stakes, the Buckenham Stakes, the Rous Memorial Stakes, the Middle Park Plate, and the Dewhurst Plate. Bayardo’s 2-year-old racing career was a perfect seven for seven. His 3-year-old season saw Bayardo lose in both the 2,000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby due to injury and other external factors. After the disappointing losses, Bayardo found his form and won 11 races in a row, including the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the Sandringham Foal Stakes, the Eclipse Stakes, and the St. Leger Stakes. In his 4-year-old season he won the Ascot Gold Cup, the Biennial Stakes at Newmarket, and the Chester Vase. His career earnings amounted to £44,535. Bayardo’s race distances ranged from five furlongs to 2 1/2 miles, showing not only his great speed but also his versatility.

With his very impressive record on the turf, Bayardo was instantly popular as a sire, standing at his trainer’s Manton Stud. His stud fee soon rose to 300 guineas. Bayardo was champion sire in 1917 and 1918, and leading broodmare sire in 1925. He produced three classic winners, two of whom went on to win the English Triple Crown: Gainsborough, winner of the 1918 English Triple Crown and sire of four classic winners, and Gay Crusader, winner of the 1917 English Triple Crown. His other progeny include Bayuda, winner of the Oaks. His granddaughter Saucy Sue, put him on the top of the “sire of broodmares” list by winning the 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks, and the Coronation Stakes.


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