Racing relics on offer

Dr Alex McGregor Grant. Photo: supplied

Racing art connoisseurs will have the opportunity to acquire a couple of historical art pieces by revered equine artist Frederick Woodhouse later this month.

New Zealand auction house Dunbar Sloane will be offering ‘Manuka & Kakapo’ through its Fine Art Auction on June 3, while Melbourne auction house Gibson’s will be offering ‘Mr Thomas Chirnside’s General’ 1863 to the public on June 15.

The latter piece is currently owned by the family of Alexander McGregor Grant, a former chairman of the Auckland Racing Club, and for whom the McGregor Grant Steeplechase (4900m) is named in honour of.

“Manuka & Kakapo” on offer on the Dunbar Sloane auction.After rigorous research, the painting is thought to be that of racehorse General at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. The bay gelding was owned by Mr Thomas Chirnside and won the Geelong 1000 sovs Steeplechase match race, Victorian Turf Club Handicap Steeple, and the Victorian Jockey Club Handicap Hurdle Race before retiring aged 7 in 1863.

The painting will be offered at the Australian & International Art auction on June 15.

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