5| Harry Hall (British, 1814-1882)
Oil on canvas, 22" x 29"
$5,000 - $7,000
Coronation was foaled in 1838 and was bred and owned by Abraham Rawlinson of Chadlington in Oxfordshire. Coronation's sire, the Irish bred Sir Hercules, sired St. Leger winner Faugh-a-Ballagh, the Guineas winner The Corsair, and most famously, Birdcatcher. Coronation's racing career consisted of only 7 races and lasted 13 months, of the seven races that Coronation ran, he won six and ran second once. As a two-year-old Coronation went two for two and was described as "the finest two-year-old of the season" by the Sporting Magazine.
At the end of his two-year-old season Coronation was offered by bookmakers at 18/1 to win the Derby. After an impressive debut win in his three-year-old season, Coronation was offered at 10/1 to win the Derby at Epsom. On May 26th, Derby Day, Coronation opened up at 4/1 and was bet down to a 5/2 favorite by race time. The Derby of 1841 had a record twenty-nine entries and the Sunday Times related the exhilaration and excitement of the 1841 Derby as: "A roar of artillery, a charge of cavalry ploughing up the earth, a drove of wild elephants bearing down all before them, the rushing of the rapids of a mighty river" to these things alone can be compared the dash at the Derby." The day as warm and beautiful, the number of racegoers were described by the Sunday Times as an "immense mob" and that "The Downs exhibited the finest sight we ever remember in our experience of thirty years to have witnessed." Coronation, was the odds-on favorite with Pat Connolly in the saddle and he made easy work of the historically large field and "it was evident that, barring and accident, he must win." Declared the writer for the Times. Coronation made history that day and his owner made a handsome sum; Mr. Rawlinson collected the purse money, $4,275, and an additional $8,000 from the bookmakers. It is likely that Rawlinson used a portion of those winnings to have Coronation and Patrick Connolly immortalized by the skillful brush of Mr. Harry Hall.
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