2020 Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings, and Sculpture

95| Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1910-2005)

Coup De Feu

Signed, inscribed en verso & dated 1975

Oil on canvas, 22" x 28"

$7000. - $9000.

Provenance: Mr. F.H. "Tim" Sasse

Signed, inscribed en verso & dated 1975

Illustrated: Richard Stone Reeves and Patrick Robinson, Decade of Champions, New York: Fine Arts Enterprises Ltd., 1980, page 120. ?In general terms, Lambourn is a subdued little place in the first hours of light, with the sun climbing up over the Downs. Which is precisely why everyone remembers Coup de Feu, a rangy, dark bay horse who, in the summer of 1974, possibly made more noise than all the other colts and fillies put together. He was a five-year-old at the time, having been purchased the previous year for 26,000 guineas by the wealthy Lloyds underwriter Tim Sasse to give his son Duncan a decent start to his new career as a public trainer.? ?I only had 15 horses at the time,? recalls Duncan. ?I had never trained a winner on my own, and this great rampaging sex maniac in the middle of my little string seemed to be causing more fuss and noise than everyone else.? Decade of Champions, page 122. After two wins in 1974, Duncan Sasse entered his father?s horse in the Eclipse Stakes, which also had Ksar, Mount Hagen, Giacometti, and Hail the Pirates in the field. At 33-1, Coup de Feu became the longest-priced winner in the history of the Eclipse Stakes. ?When I looked around at Dad, there were tears of happiness in his eyes,? said Duncan. ?He was a smashing horse. I?ll never forget him. And if I live to be 100 and train 1,000 classic winners, he?ll always be my happiest memory. And I have a feeling that applies also to his owner.? Decade of Champions, page 123. On the back of the painting is Tim Sasse?s original betting slip for the Eclipse Stakes.

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