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 though the pronunciation is thought to have sounded galad as one word with a silent y, a gaylad at the time being a term for a young man with a fondness for a hedonistic lifestyle.
- A-Z of the Grand National by John Cottrell and Marcus Armytage. Highdown press ISBN 978-1-905156-43-6
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