| "This painting was one
of two commissioned by Teenoso's owner the late E. B. Moller. It was a
privilege to be asked to paint the 1983 Derby winner for his owner and
it was his own idea to have the horse shown at the start at Ascot prior
to his thrilling victory in the 'King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond
Stakes' since it was undoubtedly Teenoso's finest hour. Although Teenoso
had won the Derby with ease, his win was largely attributed to his ability
to handle the unusually soft ground at Epsom and the horse was never given
the credit he really deserved after his fine victory. However, it did
provide Lester Piggott with the opportunity to ride his last winner of
Lester rode the horse in all his major races and knew him well. In the King George, Lester launched the horse from the stalls and set a furious pace which none of the other runners could match including Sadlers Wells, Sun Princess and Time Charter. He was never headed and won quite easily breaking the race record.
Because the painting was commissioned after the horse had retired to stud I had to rely on seeing him at Highclere, no longer in racing condition and a video of the television coverage. This had, in fact, shown him being held at the start by Lester Piggott for some time before entering the stalls and this is the moment of quiet contemplation I have tried to capture in his painting."
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