On May 23 he won the Prix du Jockey Club by a short head on Beauminet and three days later triumphed with Bend Or by a head over Robert The Devil
4) Which English king was the son of Robert the Devil
? 5) Which US singer's only UK number one hit was Here Comes Summer in 1959?
In "Ballet of Robert the Devil
" White suggests "Even heaven like dolls cannot love without imagination."
The soprano had just given another electrifying performance in Meyerbeer's "Robert the Devil
" and now on this glacial Friday, 10th February, 1888, the carriage of the prima donna threaded its way through the snow-ghosted streets, bound for her temporary home on St James's Road.
Robert the Devil
or Robert le DiableLegendary son of a duke of Normandy, born in answer to prayers addressed to the Devil.
The natural son of Robert the Devil
, duke of Normandy, William was a relative of Edward the Confessor, the reigning king of England, and married a descendant of Alfred the Great.
So it looks as though 19th century racecourse rumour has been proved correctafterall-afortnight after Epsom, Mr Brewer, the owner of Robert The Devil
,whofinishedrunner-uptoBend Or, lodged an objection on the grounds thatthewinnerwasinfact Tadcaster, but hisobjectionwasdismissed.
William owed his nickname to his florid features, and although he had his father's physique and energy, his personality closely resembled that of his aptly nicknamed grandfather, Robert the Devil
; William often employed means of questionable legality to gain money for his enterprises on the continent; an intelligent man, he enjoyed so unsavory a reputation for his personal life that the clergy of Winchester refused to anoint his body, as was the usual rite in cases of sudden death.
He was champion in 1872 and rode the winners of 13 Classics, including Robert The Devil
(1880 St Leger) and Shotover (1882 Derby).
He wrote of the Bend Or ride: "With one arm almost useless after being mauled by a savage horse, Archer contrived to communicate to Bend Or his implacable will to win, and the colt swooped on a superior rival, Robert The Devil
, to score by a head."
Ormonde's sire was not as good as Robert The Devil
, and it was only because of Archer's jockeyship that he beat that rival narrowly in both the 1880 Derby and the 1881 Epsom Gold Cup.
A list only slightly less distinguished could be compiled from Stockwell (1852), Robert The Devil
(1880), Swynford (1910), Solario (1925), Colorado (1926), Ballymoss (1957), Ragusa (1963), Rheingold (1972), Bustino (1974) and El Gran Senor (1984).