The horse was foaled in 1834, trained by George Dockeray, and its owner at the time of the Grand National was John Elmore. Elmore sold Gaylad at Tattersall's on 4 July 1834, receiving 950 guineas for the horse. Gaylad was still racing in 1848.
The horse is sometimes recorded in modern historical accounts as Gay Lad; both spellings were used interchangeably at the time.
- ↑ The Times, 5 July 1834, p7, "Sporting Intelligence"
- ↑ The Times, 17 January 1848, p3, "Sporting Intelligence"
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