Prince Plausible, with G. Fordham Up by Harry Hall - 22 x 30 inches Signed and dated 1864 british victorian sporting racing horses racecourse race course jockey
Harry Hall
(1816 - 1882)

Prince Plausible, with G. Fordham Up

Signed and dated 1864
Oil on canvas
22 x 30 inches

The following information was supplied by Eric Graham:

Some confusion is encountered with portraits of horses owned by Prince [Count] Batthyany [1803 - 1883]. His original colors were blue, orange sleeves and black cap. At some point he changed them to ‘all green.’ The date of the change is problematical. The new colors were certainly carried on Olympus at Newmarket on 25 October 1858, but some books of reference continued to show the old colors for the 1859 and 1860 season.

Prince Plausible, who raced from 1862 to 1865 is shown with Prince’s new colors.

There were two Prince Plausibles running in the 1850’s and 1860’s. The first was foaled in 1852 and was by Flatcatcher and owned by Mr J J Henderson [black, scarlet cap] and later Mr Baker [white, black cap].

The second, Batthyany’s, was foaled in 1858 and was by King Tom - Longitude.

The portrait shows the peerless George Fordham in the saddle he rode the colt on four occasions, and won the 1862 Chesterfield Cup on him.

The racing career of Prince Palusible [1858] b c by King Tom [1851] - Longitude [no trace]. Trained by John Dawson at Warren House, Newmarket.

1860 2-y-o

19 Jul Reading. Post Sweepstake; 5f. Bad 3rd of 3 to Knight of the Thistle. Not quoted. Ridden by Wells.

27 Sep Newmarket [First October]. Triennial Produce Stakes; 5f 9 ran. Unquoted and unplaced behind Folkestone. Ridden by Wells.

26 Oct Newmarket [Houghton]. Won Nursery Handicap Stakes 1m; 13 ran. Not quoted. Ridden by Norman.

1861 3-y-o

18 Apr Newmarket [Craven]. Bennington Stakes 1m 6 ran. 2nd to half brother Wing [by King Tom] beaten a head. 6/4 favourite. Ridden by Wells.

29 Apr Newmarket [First Spring]. £250 Sweepstakes 1m 2f. Won a neck from Reveille. 6/5on. Ridden by Wells.

18 Jul Stamford. Stamford St Leger [£80] 1m 2f; a bad third of 3 to Lawyer. Not quoted. Ridden by Wells.

25 Jul Ascot [July]. Handicap Sweepstakes 1m 5 ran. Won in a canter. 7/4 favourite Ridden by Bradley.

9 Aug Brighton [Club]. Brighton Biennial 1m; second of 4 to Will-o’-the-Wisp. 6/5on. Ridden by Sharp.

11 Sep Warwick. County Handicap 1m 9 ran. Third beaten 10 lengths by Sawcutter. 4/1. Ridden by Reeves.

29 Oct. Newmarket [Houghton]. The Cambridgeshire 1m 1f 35 ran. Unplaced behind Palestro. 66/1. Ridden by Bradley.

1862 4-y-o

1 Apr Northampton. The Great Northamptonshire Stakes 2m 20 ran. Unplaced and well beaten by Stampedo. 9/2 2nd favourite. Ridden by Edwards.

1 Aug Goodwood. Chesterfield Cup 1m 2f 26 ran. Won by a neck from Bosh. 20/1. Ridden by George Fordham.

27 Oct Newmarket [Houghton]. Handicap Plate 1m 1f 14 ran. Unplaced behind Teterrima. 10/1. Ridden by Bradley.

1863 5-y-o

25 Mar Northampton. The St Liz Handicap 1m 2f 14 ran. 2nd to Man-at-Arms. 7/1 Ridden by George Fordham.

19 May Epsom. Rous Stakes 1m. 3rd of 10 to half brother Wingrave [by King Tom]. 8/1. Ridden by George Fordham.

1864 6-y-o

30 Mar Northampton. The St Liz Handicap 1m 2f 16 ran. Unplaced and well beaten behind General Hess. 6/1. Ridden by George Fordham.

25 Oct Newmarket [Houghton]. The Cambridgeshire 1m 1f 38 ran. Unplaced behind Ackworth. 20/1. Ridden by Challoner. (Following this race Prince Plausible was advertised to be privately sold in the Racing Calendar . However he continued to run in Prince Batthyany’s colors).

1 Nov Worcester. Worcester Autumn Handicap 1m 3f 9 ran. 2nd to Grosvenor beaten easily. 6/4 favourite. Ridden by Custance.

1865 7-y-o

28 Mar Chelmsford. The Chelmer Handicap 1m 4f 8 ran. Unplaced behind Greenland. 100/15. Ridden by Custance.

14 Jun Royal Ascot. The Royal Hunt Cup 1m 25 ran. Eighth behind Gratitude. Unquoted. Ridden by Bradley.

8 Aug Huntingdon. The Huntingdonshire Stakes 2m. Last of 7 to Claxton. 5/1. Ridden by Custance.

11 October Newmarket [Second October]. Oatlands Plate 1m 1f. Last of 10 to Lady of the Manor. 5/1. Ridden by Custance.

- It is likely that Prince Batthyany kept Prince Plausible as a stallion. In 1870 two yearling fillies and a yearling colt submitted by Batthyany came up for auction. They fetched 10gns each. -