(1816 - 1882)
'Fantastic', with Jockey Up
Oil on canvas
23 x 30 inches
Signed and dated 1863
Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City
The following information was supplied to us by Eric Graham:
Fantastic  was by Hesperus - Whimsical and was owned by Mr G Bryan, in whose yellow, crimson sleeves [I stress crimson, not red] and cap colours she ran.
George Leopold Bryan was M P for Kilkenny in the Home Rule interest. He was born at Jenkinstown Park in 1828 and died, perhaps there, in late June 1880. He was steward at the West Drayton [London] races.
Fantastic  b. c. By Hesperus [1849 by Bay Middleton] - Whimsical [no trace]
1862 - 2-y-o
23 April Newmarket [Craven]. Fourth in £50 Plate 4f to Battery; 10/1. Ridden by Lynch.
8 July Newmarket [July]. 3rd in 15 runner Maiden Plate 5f; not quoted. Ridden by Lynch.
21 August York. Won 12 runner Nursery Stakes 5f; 6/4 favourite. Ridden by Fordham.
31 October Newmarket [First October]. Won 10 runner Hopeful Stakes 4f; 100/7. Ridden by Lynch. Made all the running.
1863 - 3-y-o
24 March Northampton & Pytchley Hunt. Won 12 runner Whittlebury Stakes 6f; 5/2 second favourite. Ridden by Custance.
6 April Newmarket [Craven]. Won 4 runner £25 Sweepstake 6f; 3/1on. Ridden by Custance.
8 April Newmarket [Craven]. 2nd in 5 runner Subscription Plate 6f; 6/4 on. Ridden by Lynch.
20 May Epsom The Derby 1m 4f 31 ran; unplaced behind Macaroni; 100/7 - but offered at better than 300/1 in the spring. Ridden by Custance.