The Inaugural Running of the Connaught Cup, 1912, Old Woodbine

18| Henry Stull (American, 1851-1913)

The Inaugural Running of the Connaught Cup, 1912, Old Woodbine

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Signed, dated 1912

Oil on canvas, 24" x 29"

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$35000 - $40000

The Connaught Cup was first run in 1912 on the dirt at Toronto’s old Woodbine Race Course. The 1912 running of the King’s Plate marked the first time that members of the Royal Family attended the running of the “fifty guineas,” the original prize bequeathed by the family for the prominent Canadian horse race. Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught and Princess Patricia watched as Plate Glass captured the inaugural running of the prestigious race that has borne their familial name for more than a century.

The day was described in the Quebec Chronicle: “Bright sunshine and a summer temperature lured a big crowd to the Woodbine track today for the fifth day of the Ontario Jockey Club’s spring meeting. The track, which yesterday was deep in mud, was transformed to a dry and at times dusty expanse. The Duke of Connaught was present to witness the first race for the Connaught Cup, the challenge trophy donated by himself and the Duchess of Connaught for Canadian-owned Thoroughbreds. The race was captured by Robert Davies with Plate Glass, the horse which he bought especially with a view to winning this and other coveted events. Plate Glass carried top weight, 132 pounds, but easily disposed of the other four starters. Rockville ran second and Bwana Tumbo third.”

Plate Glass won the title of American champion older male horse in 1911 and was purchased in the spring of 1912 by Robert Davies for the staggering sum of $5,000. Davies did not have to wait long for his investment in the champion to pay off: Plate Glass won the Connaught Cup, the Rothschild Cup, and the Windsor Hotel Cup in his 6-year-old season. Plate Glass repeated his great victory in 1913, winning the Connaught Cup in back-to-back appearances, a feat just five other horses have accomplished in the race’s long and rich history.

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