The Claret Stakes of 1823 was won by Thomas Goodison riding for the Duke of York's racing manager Mr. Charles Greville on Moses (with whom Goodison also won the Derby), beating Morisco, Posthuma and others. It was noted by Nimrod in the Turf that he used 'extreme judgment in riding the race. He has bever been distinguished for his patience and decision...' (London, 1851, p. 39). Moses was the favorite and The Sporting Magazine commented on the race: 'For the Claret to be run for next Newmarket Craven, there is the finest field, and the strongest entry ever made for that great stake; it is expected to be a rare sporting race'. (1823, vol. XI, no. 62, p. 107).
Moses, a bay colt bred by the Duke of York in 1819, was by Whalebone out of Gohanna Mare. In 1822 he won the Derby Stakes at Epsom beating Figaro, Hamden, Stamford, Marcellus, Mystic Wanton and five others.
The scene shows the King's Stand in the background and the race had been run over the 2 mile 'Ditch In' course, which was so called because they started at the Running Gap in the Devil's Ditch and came in from there to the stand.
Pollard engraved a set of four works entitled The Subscription Rooms at Newmarket, A View on the Road to Newmarket, Training at Newmarket and Race for the Claret Stakes, Newmarket published by R. Pollard & Sons in 1825. However, number 4 of this set was published on May 20, 1823 (N.C. Selway, James Pollard, Leigh-on-Sea, 1965, p. 48). Siltzer lists the set of four as 'undoubtedly after James Pollard, though aquatinted and published by R. Pollard'. (The Story of British Sporting Prints, London, p. 217).