Described as “the cream of the bowl” by trainer John Porter and rated one of the best fillies of the Nineteenth Century, La Fleche was the fourth horse to capture the Fillies Triple Crown, and was more than a match for the finest colts of her era.
This week’s guest blog comes from Tony Lake. Tony has long been a “friend” of the museum and is regularly inspired by the collection. A keen racing historian, he has kindly offered to contribute to our blog.
“You mustn’t believe everything you read,” is advice that we have all been given at one time or another but surely there’s no need to question horse racing tomes? But I’m afraid there is.
Recently, I tracked down a famous book from 1898, “A Pink ‘Un and a Pelican” by Binstead and Wells and relished every word. In it was a great little story about Fred Archer and his first winner…