Remarkable Racing Dream, Daily Racing Form, 1922-09-03


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REMARKABLE RACING DREAM Thomas Pickernell was one of the most noted of Englands gentleman riders of a half century ago. In I860 he rode sixty-three winners and he took part seventeen times in the running of the Liverpool Grand National Steeplechase, winning that famous jumping race three times and being third three times. He had the mount on Lord Pouletts The Lamb when that horse won in 1871, and his ride on that occasion was the result of the following letter to him: j "Thursday Night, December 15, 1870. "My dear Tommy Let me know for certain if you can ride for me for Liverpool on The Lamb. I dreamt twice last night I saw the race run. The first dream he was last and finished amongst the carriages. The second dream I should think one hour afterward I saw the Liverpool run. He won four lengths and you rode him, and I stood above the winning post at the turn. I saw the cerise and blue sleeves and you as plain as I write this. Now, let me know as soon as you can and say nothing to anyone. Tours sincerely. POULETT." This letter, it will be observed, was written some three months before the decision of the race, and the secret was well kept. There were twenty-five starters, favoritism resting with Pearl Diver, which finished fourth. The Lamb won by two lengths.

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