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That was the intention when a four-year-old called Maccabeus won the 1844 Derby in the guise of Running Rein.
He must have had in mind the 1844 Derby, in which an older horse finished first in the name of Running Rein.
Levi Goodman, a fraudulent owner and gambler, had bought two colts who looked very similar, Maccabeus and the year-younger Running Rein, and in 1843 he ran the former, then aged three, in a two-year-old race in the name of Running Rein.
The following season Maccabeus, still masquerading as Running Rein, beat his younger rivals at level weights in the Derby, whereupon Bentinck encouraged the owner of the runner-up, Orlando, to claim the prize.
IN the ensuing law suit an examination of the real Running Rein might have proved decisive, but when the time came the horse had vanished.