DARLEY ARABIAN.— Mr. Darley, a merchant settled at Aleppo, and a member of a hunting club there, procured a courser from the deserts of Arabia, which he sent to England as a present to his brother, a Yorkshire gentleman, about the beginning of the reign of Queen Anne: he is one of those few horses on the purity of whose blood we can place positive reliance. This Arabian was sire of Flying Childers, of never-dying fame; he also got Bartlett's Childers, Old Almanzor; a white-legged horse belonging to the Duke of Somerset, full brother to Almanzor, and thought to be as good, but meeting with an accident, he never ran in public; Daedalus, a very fast horse; Dart, Skipjack, Manica, Aleppo, goodhorses, though out of indifferent mares; Cupid, Brisk.Gander, Kitty Burdett, Smockface, Old Whimsey, etc. &c. He did not cover many mares except Mr. Darley's. An original portrait of this horse, accidentally discovered by the removal of a panel in one of the rooms of the mansion, is in the possession of H. Darley, Esq. Aldeby Hall, Yorkshire, an engraving from which has been lately published. The Darley Arabian was a bay, about fifteen hands high, with white fetlocks behind, and a blaze in his face.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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