Common Winner of the Derby Stakes at Epson 1881. Published London June 7th 1891 by George Rus. 41.42 and 43 Russell Street, Covent Garden 115 Strand. Drawn and engraved by Edwin Hunt. Very good condition with some minor foxing, original frame and mate. The frame measures 38.5 x 31.75 inches, the print itself measures 32 x 25.5 inches. Bred by Lord Alington, trained by J. Porter, ridden by George Barrett, the property of Sir Fredrick Johnstone, By Isonomy out of Thistle. Common was a big, lathy, sinewy brown horse, standing just over 16 hands high bred at Crichel in Dorset by Henry Sturt, 1st Baron Alington who owned him during his racing career in partnership with Sir Frederick Johnstone. The colt was sent into training with John Porter at Kingsclere, and was ridden in all his races by George Barrett. Common?s sire Isonomy was one of the outstanding British racehorses of the 19th Century,winning the Ascot Gold Cup in 1879 and 1880. He went on to become a successful stallion; apart from Common he sired Isinglass, thus being the first of two horses to father two winners of the English Triple Crown. Common?s dam Thistle, who had been a successful racehorse, went on to produce the New Stakes winner Goldfinch and the filly Throstle who won the St Leger in 1894.
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