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'Flying Childers' and 'Dimple' on a Racecourse, Other Racehorses Beyond

Photo credit: Heritage Doncaster

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Flying Childers is considered the first truly great racehorse in the history of the thoroughbred. He was bred by Colonel Leonard Cilders, who lived at Cantley Hall near Doncaster, and owned by the Duke of Devonshire. He raced between 1721 and 1723 during which time he remained undefeated. On retirement he was put out to stud at Chatsworth where he remained until his death at the age of 26 in 1741. He gives his name to one of the races held during the St Leger Festival. Flying Childers is shown with a companion horse, Dimple, on the racecourse at Newmarket.

Danum Gallery, Library and Museum



'Flying Childers' and 'Dimple' on a Racecourse, Other Racehorses Beyond


oil on canvas


H 96.5 x W 122 cm

Accession number

DONMG : 1996.64

Acquisition method

purchased at Sotheby's, 1996

Work type



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