Matthew Dawson., Daily Racing Form, 1898-09-04


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MATTHEW DAWS DAS ON ONMatthew Monmouth Matthew Dawson perhaps the most famous and successful trainer known in the history of the English turf died August 17 The Spirit of The Times gives this outline of his career careerLike career Like others who have made a name on the turf Matthew Dawson came from Scotland hav have ¬ ing King been born at Gullane Tulane in Haddingtonshire Addictions January 20 1820 By heredity he was fitted to be a trainer as ho was a son of George Dawson who trained for Lord Kelburne Melbourne Sir J Boswell Roswell Mr Meiklane Milan Mr Bell and others othersMatthew others Matthew Dawson received his earliest les lees ¬ sons in stable management training and breed ¬ ing King in his fathers stables When quite a young man he went to Lord Eglinton Ellington as private trainer but the stud was hardly up to his idea of what race horses should be and he soon returned to Gullane Tulane to work under his father fatherThe father The stable enjoyed fair if not brilliant luck but the first really good horse that came into his hands was Hobble Noble possibly Panta Pant ¬ loons best son The first classic race for which Matthew Dawson trained a winner was the Oaks in 1853 won by Catherine Hayes by Lanercrost Launderers The same year her stable mate Reins was second in the St Leger Leer In 1858 when Lord John Scott decided to give up rac race ¬ ing King on the recommendation of Matthew Daw Dawn son the stable was purchased by Mr James Merry The first Derby winner that Dawson had charge of was Thormanby Tahoma who won in 1860 1860Soon Soon afterwards he set up an establishment at Newmarket Newark and his boxes were soon ten ¬ anted by horses belonging to some of the best men of the turf but his instant success came when Lord Falmouth became his patron and for a dozen years beginning in 1870 his skill and judgment were amply rewarded He may be almost said to have monopolized the classic races His success was not confined to English race courses as he trained Trent who won the Grand Prix in 1874 1874In In 1884 Lord Falmouths Falmouth phenomenal sale took place Matthew Dawson however did not lack for patrons He trained for the Dukes of Portland and St Albans Albany Lords Londonderry Londoner and Hastings Mr Robert Vyner Veneer and others so that he had the training of St Simon whom he considered the best horse he ever saw as well as the best he overtrained overstrained In 1885 there came another change As he began to feel the cares of so large an establishment he installed his nephew at the head of the place and went to Exning Ending intending to train a few horses for his own amusement His name reappeared in the list of trainers in 1888 Among his patrons were Lord Falmouth who had temporarily returned to the turf Mr R Vyner Veneer Lord Fitzwilliam Mr Fern the Dake Drake of St Albans Albany Lord Ilches Filches ter tear and Lord Strafford Stafford Afterward Mr Noel Fenwick Finicky and Lord Rosebery Rosebay intrusted entrusted their horses to him and he had wonderful success notably with the horses of the latter He trained Minthe Menthe winner of the One Thousand Guineas in 1889 and Mimi winner of the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks in 1891 1891In In the course of his long career the horses trained by Matthew Dawson won six Derbys Derby with Thormanby Tahoma Kingcraft Ingrate Silvio Silvia Melton Elton Ladas Lads and Sir Visto Vista five Oaks seven St Legers with Sunbeam Silvio Silvia Jannette Jeannette Dutch Oven The Lambkin Melton Elton and St Visto Vista five Two Thousand Guineas and five One Thousand Guineas in addition to many other stakes not unimportant in themselves but still not classic races racesHe races He was what is somewhat remarkable in a trainer an excellent scholar and a man of let ¬ ters tears His name was never connected with and action or undertaking which was not thoroughly honest The English racing world has cause to regret thp hp death of such a man as Matthew Dawson

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