Win­ston’s win­ner

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On July 4, 1961, Sir Win­ston Churchill’s home-bred colt High Hat won the first and only Aly Khan In­ter­na­tional Memo­rial Cup at Kemp­ton Park. This sim­ple gold cup, mod­elled by Les­lie Durbin (1913–2005), a lead­ing Bri­tish sil­ver­smith in the Arts-and-crafts tra­di­tion, is per­son­alised by the Is­maili em­blem of the cres­cent moon and a lively Pe­ga­sus on top. Ac­cepted by the na­tion in lieu of tax, and al­lo­cated to the Na­tional Horserac­ing Mu­seum, it ex­em­pli­fies the piv­otal role in rac­ing played by the Aga Khan’s fam­ily. Churchill re-reg­is­tered his fa­ther’s colours af­ter the Sec­ond World War and had sev­eral win­ners. A 1953 por­trait of him hangs in the Jockey Club at New­mar­ket. High Hat was sired by Hype­r­ion, whose skele­ton is on show at the mu­seum.

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