2| Harry Hall (British, 1814-1882)


Auction Expired

Signed, dated 1867

Oil on canvas, 17" x 21"

$4000 - $6000

Provenance: J. Leger & Son, London

Bred and owned by Count Frederic de Lagrange, Gladiateur was foaled in 1862 at Haras de Dangu in Normandy, France. The colt was sired by the French stallion Monarque, and out of the mare Miss Gladiator. Gladiateur was sent to trainer Tom Jennings Sr. at Newmarket in Kent, England, where he would prepare for his racing debut as a 2-year-old. Slow to mature, the colt began running in the fall of the 1864 racing season and achieved moderate success, winning one of his three starts. Nonetheless, at age 3 Gladiateur proved to be the most dominant horse in Europe, if not the world, at the time. During the 1865 season Gladiateur would not only win the majority of his 16 career starts but also become the first foreign horse to win the English Triple Crown. Arguably his most remarkable win, however, came at age 4 when he won the 1866 Ascot Gold Cup by an astonishing 40 lengths. At the end of his 4-year-old season Gladiateur was retired to stud in Kent, at Middle Park Stud, where he stood for the 1867-68 breeding seasons. Gladiateur then was moved back to de Lagrange's Haras de Dangu for the following year. However, the Franco-Prussian war broke out in 1870, and Count Frederic, fearing for the safety of his stock, shipped all his horses to England, where Gladiateur was sold at auction to William Blenkiron who returned him once again to Middle Park Stud. Following Blenkiron’s death in 1873, Gladiateur was moved again, this time to Dunmow Stud, in Essex, where he remained until his death at age 14 in 1876.


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