DELPINI (first called HackWood). A gray colt, foaled 1781, bred by the Duke of Bolton, was got by Highflyer out of Countess by Blank. In 1784, he won the Bolton stakes at Newmarket, he was afterwards sold to Sir Frank Standish; and in 1785, he won twice, 200 gs. and 300 gs. at the same place. In 1786, first spring meeting, Delpini
received a compromise from Mr. Fanton's Falcon of 132 gs. having been matched over B. C. 300 gs. h. ft., Delpini to have carried 8 st. 7 1b., Falcon, 8 st. 2 1b. In the same meeting he won a sweepstakes of 200 gs. each, h. ft. B. C. beating Collector, Hardwicke, and Tar. In the second spring meeting he was beat by Rockingham. At York, however, in August, Monday 21st, he won a subscription of 25 gs. each, four miles, ten subs. carrying 8 st. 5 1b. beating Verjuice and two others, four years old each, 7st. 71b. On Wednesday, he won 50/., given by the city, added to a subscription purse for five years old horses, &c. carrying 8 st. 7 1b. four miles, beating Pitch, Leveret, and Posthumous. The next day, he won another subscription purse for six years old, 8 st. 10 1b. and aged horses, 9 st. four miles, giving his year to Mr. Garforth's noted mare, Faith, and Mr. Wentworth's Glancer. After winning, Mr. Tattersall led him to the post for the jockey to weigh, pulled a white handkerchief from his pocket, with which he wiped the nostrils of the son of his favourite Highflyer, and then kissed him. At the Craven meeting, 1787, for a sweepstakes of 50 gs. each, D. C. he ran second to Rockingham, beating Fox and Marplot. Drone, Oberon, and Pilot also started, but were not placed. Delpini started twice in 1788, viz. at the Newmarket Craven meeting, and at York, in August, but proved unsuccessful. Delpini was afterwards a stallion in Yorkshire; he was sire of many valuable racers, &c. and died at York, July 30th, 1808, aged twenty-seven.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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