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LITTLE DRIVER

LITTLE DRIVER




      

LITTLE DRIVER


LITTLE DRIVER, was foaled in 1 743; he is said to have been the strongest and best horse of his size that ever was bred: he was got by Great Driver, son of Old Snake; his dam was bred by the Duke of Devonshire, and got by Flying Childers, out of a daughter of Grantham. From 1748 to 1755, he was winner of thirty 50/. plates; in 1749, he won the town plate at Newmarket, in 1750, he again bore off the same prize, carrying 12st. In 1754, Mr. Vernon sold Driver to Mr. Aaron Lamego, for 110 gs., after which he started at Epsom against Mr. Rogers's Aaron, allowing him 91b. in which he was beat by Aaron at three severe heats; the second being deemed a dead one. Driver afterwards won 50/. at Rumford, Essex, beating easy, Lord March's Wanton, and two others; and 50/. at Reading, beating easy, Mr. Rogers's Soldier. Driver travelled, the day before running, twenty-six miles in very wet weather, purposely to enter at the post. He also won 50/. give-and-take, at Maidenhead, beating, at three heats, Mr. Rogers's Aaron: in the first heat, near the ending-post, Driver fell and threw his rider, as did Aaron on his knee, and threw his; both of which was occasioned by the crowd breaking in upon them, but the heat was given to Driver; the second heat Aaron won easy ; the third was an exceeding good one, and won by about a length. Driver measured fourteen hands three quarters of an inch, and carried 9st. 51b. 4oz., and Aaron measured thirteen hands, three inches, three quarters, and carried 8st. 121b. 4oz. The odds at starting, were 6 to 4 on Driver; after the first heat, little betting; after the second heat, 2 to 1 on Aaron. There were a greater number of sportsmen attended this race, than was ever known on a like occasion.

Little Driver was the first produce of his dam; in colour, chestnut, and a small star in his face, and his off leg behind, white: he died in 1767, aged 24. Little Driver served mares in Berkshire at two guineas each.

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835

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