Major G.D. Giles

Major G.D. Giles (British, 1857–1941) 

EARLY BIRD WITH OTTO MADDEN UP 

Oil on canvas, 30” x 36” 
Signed, dated 1907 
Provenance: 
Christie’s, London May 1, 1997 

A foal of 1900, Early Bird was at best a modest winner of at least six races. He was bred by E. H. Leach at his Hamilton Stud and campaigned by A. H. Ruston. Early Bird won with Otto Madden in the 1904 Atherstone Welter Handicap at the Birmingham autumn meeting. Trainer A. N. Sadler came from a multi-generational family of Newmarket trainers. This depiction is dated 1907, and for champion jockey Otto Madden that was an infamous year. Madden was roundly blamed for Wool Winder’s loss in that year’s Epsom Derby; however, Madden claimed the horse stumbled.

Estimate: 12,000 - 15,000

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