1932: An easy victory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket ensured that Orwell was firm favourite to win the Derby in June. Punters bet heavily on the colt, but he lacked the staying power needed for the longer Epsom race, and finished a long way down the field. At Doncaster, three months later, he had the chance to redeem himself in the St. Leger, but again ran poorly. Win or lose, though, the name Orwell appeared prominently and repeatedly in the sports pages.
Tag archive: Horse Racing
1900: The Prince of Wales’s horses were a safe bet throughout 1900. Ambush II was an easy winner in the Grand National, and in flat racing, there were victories for Diamond Jubilee in the 2000 Guineas, Derby and St. Leger.
Source: Philip Magnus, King Edward the Seventh (1964), p. 266
Q: Which brand of tights and stockings was named after the racehorse that won the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and St. Leger in 1904?
A: Pretty Polly.
1966: Elizabeth Arden (real name, Florence Nightingale Graham) was passionate about racehorses. Her pampered thoroughbreds were fed on special clover and massaged and rubbed down with Elizabeth Arden creams and lotions. When Arden died in October, The New York Times quipped that she “treated her women like horses and her horses like women”.
Source: The New York Times, 19 October 1966