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Foaled: 1915    Died: 1945
Sire: Bayardo    Dam: Rosedrop
Dam Sire: St Frusquin    Sex: Horse
Colour: Bay   


Lady James Douglas


Colledge Leader
Alec Taylor


Lady James Douglas
Gainsborough at stud
Gainsborough at stud
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

2000 Guineas
1918  Joseph Childs
1918  Joseph Childs
St Leger
1918  Joseph Childs
Other major race(s)
(featuring people in this database)
1918  Ascot Gold Cup   Joseph Childs


The Wartime Triple Crown winner Gainsborough was named after a railway station rather than the artist. He was the first Derby winner to run in the name and colours of a woman - his devoted breeder, Lady James Douglas. After the colt had failed to make his reserve in the sales ring as a yearling, Lady James refused subsequent offers and raced the colt herself. Gainsborough, a wonderful stamp of thoroughbred, won 5 of his 9 starts including the wartime Triple Crown and the Ascot Gold Cup. He was a long lived and successful sire too, with offspring of the calibre of Solario and Hyperion.

Gainsborough was trained for most of his career by Alec Taylor at Manton after his original trainer, Colledge Leader, joined up for the war.

The photograph shows the magnificent Gainsborough at Lady James' Harwood Stud. When she sold the stud in 1940, due to ill health, it was on condition that Gainsborough could remain there for the rest of his life. He died in 1945, aged 30.


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