Mr Henry Vernon's bay colt Minister by Camillus out of Sportley was bred in 1767 at Hilton Park near Wolverhampton. Minister ran 28 times in his racing career, between 1771 and 1776, winning 13 races. His best season was in 1774, when he won the depicted race at Newmarket for 50 gns from the Ditch-in. He also won a match of 100 gns over four miles and a match of 200 gns over two miles and 97 yards also at Newmarket.
Minister lost a match with Mr Greville's Postmaster for 1,000 gns at Newmarket where he ran in the colours of Mr Blake, who had bought Minister for the day from Mr Vernon. Minister retired to stud in 1777 at Mr Vernon's estate at Hilton Park. However, he did not turn out to be a successful stallion.
Mr Henry Vernon was a prominent member of the Jockey Club between 1770 and the beginning of the nineteenth century. He achieved a certain fame when he made a voyage to the Crimea in company with the notorious Margravine of Anspach, the ex-Lady Craven. He was a nephew of the famous Richard Vernon who was known as Mr ‘Jockey’ Vernon.