Lifetime in Racing Awards

Celebrating Dedication

Alan Tippling |  2017

Born in Sedgefield and brought up in Bishop Auckland, Alan Tippling started his career in racing at the age of fifteen with Sam Hall at Brecongill Stables just out of Middleham.  Alan stayed here for eight years before going to Italy for a winter working for Luca Cumani’s father, Sergio, which was quite a unique thing to do in those days. Following this he went to work in Lambourn for Duncan Sasse for a year before returning back up north to Middleham.  He worked for Ken Payne, the first trainer to have a hundred horses, who was based at Kingsley House, now home to Mark Johnston. 

Alan then moved onto Ernie Weymes before his longstanding employment of 31 years with Chris Thornton.  Alan looked after some lovely horses here such Flossie, winner of the Manchester November Handicap at Doncaster and Path of Piece who won around twenty races including one at the Cheltenham Festival and the Bogside Cup.  Alan loved it there and did everything from riding work to being in charge of travelling.

Following Chris’s retirement he completed his career with a five year stint at Mark Johnston’s as a groom/rider and driver and despite retiring officially in 2015 has done two years part time driving since for Mark!  Alan says he has loved his time in racing and has made many lasting friendships.  He lives in Leyburn with partner Karen and has daughter Sarah close by.  He enjoys looking after his grandchildren Izzy and Anna in what spare time he gets.  He has well and truly had a lifetime in racing and is a very deserving recipient of this award.

Ted Jackson | Great Yarmouth | 2017

Ted was born in Cottingham in East Yorkshire.  His dad was a Cooper, making barrels for a living. Ted first became interested in racing through his love of horses and desperately wanted to learn to ride.  He worked on a farm to pay for his riding lessons.

At the age of 15 Ted decided that he wanted a career in racing and spent his apprenticeship with Patrick Taylor in Beverley for the first four years.  He then moved to Newmarket and spent the next ten years working for Sir Noel Murless.

For a brief period, whilst his young daughters were growing up, Ted worked for Caravans International in Newmarket, as he couldn’t afford to work in racing.

However, his passion for racing soon drew him back into the industry and he helped out a couple of times on the starting stalls in Newmarket.  He was soon offered a job by Racetech as a stall handler and stayed in this role for the next 32 years.  This gave him the opportunity to work all over the Country, starting work with the Southern Team, which included Goodwood, Lingfield, Newbury, Epsom, Ascot and Newmarket.  He also worked for the Scottish Team, Northern Team and Midland Team and was promoted to Team Leader for the last 8 years of his career.

Steve McNally | Newbury | 2017

Steve McNally started working in racing in Ireland for Mick O’Toole at the age of 14 in 1977, so this year will be his 47th year in the industry.

He is one of 12 brothers and sisters and was the first in his family to go into racing. He has 2 younger brothers in the industry. Before starting with Mick he had never sat on a horse! He was apprenticed there before moving on to EP Harty as a conditional jockey. He was invited over to Toby Balding’s in 1977 and won the Hinds chase at Ascot for him so was asked to stay. Steve stayed for 4 months before returning to Ireland to ride another winner for EP Harty.

This win was enough for him so decided to return to England and was Head Man for H Candy, David Murray-Smith and Brian Meehan. In the last few years he has had various jobs around the yards in Lambourn. His favourite memory in racing is of winning the Hinds Chase at Ascot for Toby Balding.

Roy Fowler | Pontefract | 2017

Born in 1949 in Hull, Roy Fowler started his career in racing aged 15 when he went to work in Newmarket for Captain Ryan Jarvis, father of William Jarvis.  Roy very quickly acquired the nickname ‘Flogger’ due to Harry Fowler playing the part in the TV series The Army Game and has always been known by the name since.  In those days you served a five year apprenticeship with the trainer you started out with which was non-negotiable and Flogger was earning 8 shillings and 9 pence, the equivalent of about 44p a week nowadays.  In his last year as an apprentice this increased to the equivalent of £5 per week.

Following the end of his five years Flogger moved back up north to work for Derek Bastiman, Robin Bastiman’s father at Wetherby before a spell with Clifford Watts before heading back to Newmarket to his old boss Ryan Jarvis for two years.  This was a turbulent two years in Newmarket due to the 1975 stable lads strikes which were held to campaign for wage increases for stable staff and Flogger remembers these times well.  He then spent a short spell with Arthur Stephenson before settling in Middleham with Chris Thornton and then as head lad for Graham Lockerbie before starting out on a jockey’s valeting career in the 1980s.  He worked for 14 years for Paul Kingsley before setting up his own business. 

Flogger still valets today but takes things a little easier, picking his favourite Northern meetings to work at with his son in law, Ashley, doing racecourses further afield.

Flogger has well and truly had a lifetime in racing and is a well-known and loved character both in and outside the weighing room.  Outside of racing he used to love playing pool and was the stable lads pool champion three years running and also played for North Yorkshire.  These days he says he can’t see the balls so has taken up poker which his now his passion as well as wife Nita!

Alma Wigmore | Great Yarmouth  | 2016

Alma Maria Wigmore nee Hannaford was born in 1943 in Alton, Hampshire. Alma gained her love of racing from her grandmother who was a great racing fan and never missed a meeting in Punchestown.

Alma was brought up in Staffordshire by her relations and entered the racing industry at 15 years old, to work at Bob Ward’s yard based in Hednesford. After working there for two years Alma then went to Jack Waugh’s yard in Newmarket based at Heath House for a year and then onto Ryan Jarvis’s yard, where she spent many happy years. From there Alma went to Australia to work for six years as head lass for Colin Hayes and also rode many races in what was then called ‘picnic meeting racing’.

On returning to England Alma went to work for Henry Cecil from 1974 to 1990 and Alma describes this time as “not like a job but like being in a big family”. Following Henry and Julie’s separation Alma continued to work for Julie until 1998 and then returned to work for Willie Jarvis until 2001 when she retired after 41 years in racing.

Alma’s best horses were Challon who won the Nell Gwynne Stakes, The International Stakes and the Coronation Stakes at Ascot among many others and Fools Mate who won The PTS Laurels, Old Newton Cup and the Besborough Stakes. Alma says they were her best horses because “they were group one race winners and she loved them to bits”.

Rose Beattie | Pontefract | 2016

Rose started working full time in racing in 1969, aged 17. She spent two years working for Peter Easterby before working for Bill Watts until his retirement in 1998. Rose was lucky to be involved with horses such as Teleprompter who won the Arlington Million in 1985.  She looked after and travelled abroad with good fillies like Jungle Gold who ran in the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and Kazoo who won the German 1000 Guineas. When Bill Watts retired she then joined the National Hunt yard of Ferdy Murphy for 4 years. Rose then started her final chapter of her racing career as a Travelling Manager with Mark Johnston in 2002 and stayed until her retirement in 2015.  Rose is only semi-retired now as she still helps out with driving the box to the races for Mark Johnston from time to time.

Michael Leaman | Newmarket | 2015

Michael started working in racing in 1948 and has worked for Clive Brittain since 1972. At the age of 81 Mick is still dedicated to his job as feedman at Carlburg Stables.

Mick’s love of horses started through his grandfather, who kept two shire horses to work on the farm. In 1948 he started his career in racing as an apprentice, weighing just 4st 7lbs, to Sir Noel Murless in Beckhampton. It was here that he met life-long friend and long-time employer Clive Brittain.

Mick moved with Sir Noel Murless to Warren Place in Newmarket in 1951 but National Service beckoned and he was posted to Germany a few years later. During this time his skills learnt in the stable lad’s boxing competitions served him well in the army tournaments, even if he was always giving a stone away. Upon leaving the army Mick met his future wife, Gill, who was keen to stay in the West Country - therefore Mick spent 16 years working for Clarks’ shoe factory.

However the call of racing proved too strong. When Clive Brittain took his trainer’s licence out in 1972, the Leamans moved to Newmarket and the team from Sir Noel Murless’s were reunited. Mick has worked for Clive ever since and has been an integral part of the careers of many top racehorses including 1978 St Leger winner Julio Mariner, 1992 English Oaks, Irish Oaks and St Leger winner User Friendly and 1985 Guineas and Derby placed Supreme Leader.

His career has taken him to Japan, Dubai and all over Europe, he only retired from riding out at 72 and he is still on the yard working as feedman every day at the age of 81. Brittain describes Mick as “the most reliable man I have ever known” and said that “nobody could look after a horse better than Mick does”.

Richard Lingwood | Pontefract  | 2015

Mr Richard Lingwood was honoured for his dedication to working in the Racing Industry today at Pontefract Racecourse. He was the recipient of the Lifetime in Racing award which was given after the 3.30pm race, named 'Richard Lingwood - A Lifetime in Racing handicap' in his honour.

Richard was born in Norfolk in 1944 and at the tender age of 9 years old for his birthday was dragged down to his local riding school by his cousin Tina. He then progressed from there to his first job working for an international show jumper at Rutland.

Yorkshire saw the arrival of Richard in 1961 when he started work with Major J Hudson where he travelled and hunted the Northern show jumping circuit. It was in the early 70’s when Maj Hudson bought a stallion called Count Albany and this is when Norton Grove Stud was born. Richard, his wife Maggie and family have operating the stud since 1995 when they inherited Maj Hudson’s share after his sudden death.

The business has been lucky enough to stand good stallions including Derby winner Morston, St Leger Group 1 winner Bollin Eric, Winter Derby winner Gentleman's Deal, Presidium , Timeless Times winner of 1995 TBA Leading British-based First-Season sire award and is now Standing Monsieur Bond and MilK It Mick. The stud has also has a good share of their own brood mares, the most memorable being Aurigny winner and placed listed races and second Prix D'Robert Papin, group 2 beaten by a nose!

Jack Smith | Pontefract | 30th June 2014

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Albert Brown | Cheltenham | 15th November 2013


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David Waters | Pontefract | 1st June 2017

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Robert McKellar | Hamilton Park | 2013


Robert McKellar (51), from Burnbank, worked as a jockey and a trainer before becoming manager of a stud farm in Suffolk.

He was nominated for the Lifetime in Racing award by Racing Welfare, an organisation which supports former jockeys and racing staff.

Robert chose to come back to his home town and receive the award at Hamilton Park Racecourse. It was presented to him by John Wilson, a Motherwell-based trainer who took Robert under his wing aged 16 and got him his first race.

Robert said: “I always wanted to be a jockey when I left school.

“I was born in Burnbank, only a couple of miles from the course. I used to go to the Hamilton races and I’ve always been fascinated by horses.”

He was taken on by John Wilson as part of the youth opportunities programme. In 1981 Robert had his first ride in a bumper race on a horse called Leckiwill at Ayr Racecourse but, unfortunately, did not do that well.

His next big impact came at Hamilton Park Racecourse when he turned his hand to training. Based in Lesmahagow, Robert trained 16 winners including nine at Hamilton.

Since then he has worked for Cheveley Park Stud, also in Newmarket, firstly at their Sandwich Stud and then at the Strawberry Hill Stud site which he currently manages.

The site provides rest and rehabilitation for some of flat racing’s biggest stars; including such golden names as Russian Rhythm and Red Bloom.

Robert, who is a dad of three was delighted to return to Hamilton to receive his award on July 18. Before the presentation a race was held in his honour.


Jimmy Miller | Kempton | 2012

Jimmy had no previous connection or experience with horses, when someone suggested that he would make a good jockey because of his size! He left his home and office job in Scotland in 1963, and began working for Major Dick Hern, where he served a five year apprenticeship. He remembers Dick Hern telling him that if he learned something new every day, he would soon know a lot.  As an apprentice, he won seven races, often riding against jockeys such as Lester Piggott and Willy Carson. In September 1969, Jimmy moved to Kingsclere to work for Ian Balding as a work jockey and stable groom. He enjoyed being part of the Mill Reef era, claiming to have ridden Mill Reef at least once and frequently led him in work on the gallops on horses such as Morris Dancer.

Jimmy always became very attached to the horses he looked after, regardless of their racing ability, usually thinking up his own pet names for them. Some of his favourites being Silver Singing, Be Better, Vola Via and Vanderlin. His alltime favourite, however, and probably the best horse to have been under his expert care, was Trans Island, who had a victory at Longchamp on Arc weekend. Jimmy has sustained several injuries over the years but despite this, he couldn’t wait to go to the yard on his crutches, for example, to see Vola Via, and give him a Polo mint.

Sadly, following an accident, and on advice from the doctors, Jimmy was no longer able to ride and had to become one of the ground staff where he continued to work despite additional health problems until his retirement in April 2011. Over the 41 years that Jimmy worked in Kingsclere, he took many aspiring apprentices under his wing, giving them the benefit of his experience in both riding and grooming skills. Jimmy intends to keep active in his retirement, doing gardening, playing a few rounds of golf and following Southampton football team. Racing Welfare, the Charity that supports all those who work or have worked in the racing industry would like to thank all the team at Kempton racecourse for hosting Jimmy and his family today and thank you to Jimmy for nearly 50 years in racing and for all you have done.

John Williams | Great Yarmouth | 2012

Welshy was introduced to Racing in 1960 by his brother who was already working in a racing yard. Welshy signed up for a five year apprenticeship with Sir Noel Murless after which he moved to Jack Watts at Machell Place in Newmarket where he remained for a further six years until his ‘guvnor’ retired. Welshy stayed at Machell Place when Dick Westbrook took over the licence there staying for 3 years.  From there he went to work for Neville Callaghan on the Hamilton Road for twelve years and John Gosden for ten year in racing capital Newmarket and currently works for Jeremy Noseda.

Welshy describes some of his best times in racing were when he went to America and spent two week at Hollywood Park and four weeks at Dalamar, where his horse Cassis ran in Delmar Oaks.  Other horses’ Welshy remembers fondly include Two Steps, Hill Hopper, Pembroke and the super speedy Group Winner Bertolini.  Welshy still rides out three lots everyday and continues to ride work and says that he loves doing what he does and would do it all again given the chance!

Welshy attributes his longevity in racing to his wife Maureen, who Welshy states “has taken good care of him over the years”.  When asked what he is most looking forward to on his retirement, Welshy simple stated “a lie in”.  Although Welshy never looked after any classic winners while in racing he is the epitome of what it takes to work in the racing industry and is very humble about his accomplishments.

Johnny Worrall | Wincanton | 6th December 2012

We would like to thank Wincanton Racecourse and Weatherbys for enabling us to celebrate Johnny Worrall’s 51 years working in the Racing Industry.

Johnny came into racing in 1959 at the tender age of 14 serving his apprenticeship with Geoffrey Kennedy near Lambourn, weighing just 4st 8lbs. He remembers his first wage packet was 2/6d including digs! Following his apprenticeship he went to work for Nan Kennedy and Patrick Haslam.

Johnny started as Travelling Head Lad to Nicky Henderson when he first started training at Windsor House Stables in Lambourn in 1978, this was to be the start of a 32 years union. When Nicky Henderson moved to Seven Barrows in 1992 Johnny moved with him, travelling horses up and down the country until he retired in 2010 after 51 years in the racing industry.

Johnny says his proudest moment was at Newmarket Racecourse in 2003. He travelled Landing Light for Nicky to win the Cesarewitch which was immediately followed The Dewhurst which was won by the Jamie Osborne trained Milk It Mick who was travelled by his son John Worrall Jnr. Throughout Johnny’s career he has been commended as he was an exemplary member of staff. This was highlighted, when in 2003 he was the joint winner of the HWPA Derby Awards Stable Lad of the Year alongside his long term colleague Henderson Head Lad, Corky Browne. In 2005, along with Drew Miller (H Knight) he was further recognised by being invited to open the new canteen and stable complex here at Wincanton.

Lary Poland | Aintree | 2012

Larry Poland is a true horseman. His career in racing has spanned 49 years; he’s looked after some of the best jumpers in the sport and quite rightly was presented with the Rider/Groom trophy at the Godolphin Stable and Stud Staff Awards in 2005. His loyalty to Greystoke and the Richards team is legendary. He has always taken great pride in looking after the horses in his care and is renowned for his help and support for the new generation of stable staff who embark upon careers in racing. Larry explains his racing life-

“I was 16 when I started my career in racing with a telephone call to Captain Ryan Price in Findon. I worked in his flat yard for 4 years where I looked after my first winner a horse called Matchless who was also my first lead up where I won the Guinea for best turned out too! This was an exciting start of my career that included spells with Sam and Sally Hall in Middleham and Ken Oliver. After a spell with Harry Bell at Hawick I moved to Greystoke in 1973 to work for GW Richards, where I have remained until my retirement in February 2012. I worked for Gordon Richards for 25 years until his death and his son Nicky for the last 14 years.

There have been lots of exciting times working for the Richards; looking after many great National Hunt horses. One of my favourite charges was Lord Greystoke, a multiple winner who won twice and was placed four times at Cheltenham. Other horses that I was fortunate enough to be involved with included Rinus, Telemoss, General Pershing, Last O’ The Bunch, Rushmoor, Knockara Luck, High Frith and Ninfa. The most significant day in my career was when Hallo Dandy won us the Grand National in 1984. The pride and elation I felt as I led him into the Aintree winner’s enclosure will remain with me forever.”


Robert Mckellar | Hamilton | 2012

Robert ‘Rab’ Mckellar was born in Hamilton in 1962. Coming from a background that had no horses or racing in it, Rab got into the sport via the YOPS scheme at 16, working for John Wilson. In 1981 Rab had his first ride for the Motherwell based trainer in a Bumper on a horse called Leckiwill which didn’t trouble the judge finishing tailed off!

In 1982 Robert moved south to work for Neville Bycroft at York, working alongside fellow Scot Ian Semple. During his time there he had 7 rides including his first winner on Mercado Magic. He then moved back north of the border returning to John Wilson who by this time was training at Cree Lodge stables in Ayr. A season later Rab was back in England working for John Blundell at Grimsby, during which time Robert showed his prowess out of the saddle by winning the Stable Lads Boxing  Championships twice. Blundell’s retirement heralded a return to Cree Lodge once again working for John Wilson and then Linda Perratt.

Rab tried his hand at training himself at Lesmahagow, in 2 and a half years of holding a licence he trained 16 winners including 9 here at Hamilton. However the financial challenges that face all trainers got the better of him and prompted a move to Newmarket where he ran a pre-training yard for six years. Since then he has worked for Cheveley Park Stud firstly at their Sandwich Stud and currently manages the Strawberry Hill Stud site where they provide rest and rehabilitation for some of flat racing’s biggest stars; including such golden names as Russian Rhythm and Red Bloom.


Sid Jeffcoate | Huntingdon | 2012

Sid Jeffcoate was born in Nuneaton, but was evacuated to Ilkeston in Derbyshire at the age of three. It was here that he had his first rides stealing illicit gallops on the Pit Ponies. The die was cast and leaving school at 15 in 1953 he arrived at Newmarket to take up his apprenticeship with Jack Jarvis, a man who Sid describes as hard but fair. Palace House Stables was the leading yard in Newmarket at the time and the apprentices had to be the best riders in town. Sid’s first racehorse that he looked after, My Guinness, is the one he still describes as his favourite ever. Winning five races out of his six runs the 14:2hh colt was sold to the USA however he sadly never reached the States when the boat on which he was travelling sank mid Atlantic.

In 1957 Sid joined the Army for his National Service. Initially recruited into the Cavalry he only lasted three days! He decided to punch 15 new holes in his stirrup leathers so he could ride at the short length he was used to back in Newmarket, something that didn’t go down too well with his Ride NCO. The ensuing fine and short spell in the Jail resulted in a move to the elite Air Dispatch unit of the RASC in which he saw active service during the Suez crisis.

Upon leaving the Army Sid returned to racing, first of all to work in Basil Richmond’s jumping yard in Lincolnshire and then it was back to Newmarket and Jack Jarvis’s until the cantankerous yet gifted trainer died. In 1973 a horse Sid was riding a piece of work on suffered a heart attack, this resulted in both horse and rider careering through a closed gate leaving Sid with two broken vertebrae in his neck. Following this he had spells with Paul Davey, Luca Cumani, Ryan Jarvis, Paul Howling and Mark Tompkins, all of whom prized his standards of horsemanship and old school ways. He carried on with what he described as “pottering about” in racing until he was well past 65.

Bob Davies | Ludlow | 2011

Bob was born Shropshire in 1946, the son of a Cavalry School instructor who, post war, went on to farm at Frodesley. Taking up riding as soon as he could walk the young Davies soon participated in Pony Club activities and hunted with the South Shropshire. At the age of 14 he rode in his first Point-to-Point and took out his licence as an amateur in the 1963-64 season having won 12 races between the flags, however he had to wait two years until he won his first race under rules. As an insurance policy against failure as a jockey, Bob studied and graduated with a BSc honours degree in Agriculture from Wye Agricultural College. This academic safety net wasn’t required however when in 1966-67 season he came fourth in the amateurs table with 19 winners to his credit. This success led to Bob making the decision to turn professional the following season. What a decision - for those of you who only know Bob as the racecourse manager and clerk of the course at his beloved Ludlow, it may be timely to remind you that he was Champion Jump Jockey in 1965, 1966 and 1972 (twice outright and once shared with Terry Biddlecombe). He had 8 rides in the Grand National, winning the Aintree showcase in 1978 aboard Lucius and coming second the following year on Zongalero, he won a total of 912 races under rules and was described in one book on great Jockeys as having “a temperament that makes horses seem to be happy to produce their best for him.” After finishing his race riding career he firstly became Assistant Clerk of the Course at Aintree and Clerk at Bangor-on-Dee. He has been Clerk of the Course at Ludlow for the last 27 years. Bob is married to Dorcas and between them they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

Jack Atherton | Great Yarmouth | 2011

Jack followed in his father’s footsteps into racing stables when as a 14 year old he started as an apprentice at George Lambton’s in his home town of Newmarket. As a smart young man his style was noted by Lambton’s close friend Sir Alfred Munnings who used the young apprentice as a model for one of his Jockeys in his painting “The Start”. The young Atherton was less than overawed by the master painter however who he described as a “thin, scruffy individual who was in need of a good bath!”

Hitler’s advance into Poland forced a pause to his racing career when he joined the Royal Artillery for the duration. Serving in Greece he was a POW for a short time, however incarceration didn’t appeal to a man such as he, so after a successful escape during which time he met a lady called “Fuzz” who later became his wife, Jack returned safely to the Allied lines. Posted to Italy the young Gunner encountered heavy shelling and aerial bombardment, an experience that he described as “bloody scary, no yearling would ever put the frighteners on me after that!”

Post war, Jack returned to racing and life back in Newmarket. He worked for a number of trainers including Ted Lambton, Dick Perryman and Bill O’Gorman, he also led up Pentland Firth to come 3rd in the Derby, a race in which he notched up a total of 6 Best Turned Out prizes. Retiring at 60 from stables, Jack went on to work as a flying groom, until finally touching ground to finish off his career working for Tattersalls wind testing the yearlings until well into his eighties.

Joanne Banks | Fakenham| 2011

Joanne is originally from Lowestoft and has spent most of her working life in Newmarket. She started her racing career in 1967 with Harry Thompson-Jones and Cecil Boyd Rochefort.  Joanne went on to work for Ryan Jarvis for nine years as traveling head lass where she also rode on the flat as an amateur jockey.  After this she moved abroad, with her ex-husband Jack Banks, to train for Dr John Steel in Switzerland and France, a period that saw her ride winners both in France and Germany. On her return to England, Joanne worked for Bernard Van Cutsem where she rode flat winners for owners including Lord Derby and the Duke of Devonshire

In 1976 Joanne moved to Luca Cumani’s as traveling head lass, staying with the master of Bedford House Stables until 1983 where after she went to work for Mick Ryan as his Assistant Trainer.  It was whilst working for Mick Ryan that Joanne was forced to take a year out due to cancer of the bone in her leg. After leaving Mick Ryan’s Joanne worked as Assistant Trainer to Clive Brittain and then rode out part time for Lucy Wadham.

Michael Jarvis offered Joanne a job at Kremlin House Stables as second traveling head lass where she still continues to work, now with Roger Varian who has taken over the reins from Michael Jarvis due to his ill health.  Joanne takes great pride in looking after Sri Putria winner of amongst others the Sefton Stakes and the Solario Stakes. Joanne says her career highlights are when she rode her first winner at Haydock on a horse called Dunce for the Duke of Devonshire and riding a winner in Baden-Baden. Joanne’s career in racing has spanned some 44 years and she looks forward to continuing working with racehorses for many years to come. 

Monty Hempton | Pontefract | 2011

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Paul Campbell | Hamilton Park | 2011


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Alifie Mills | 2010

Alfie arrived in Middleham at the age of sixteen weighing five stones with very long ginger hair where he became an apprentice for Sam Hall. He has always had a natural gift for riding horses and soon became a valuable member of the Hall team.

In 1969 Alfie went racing for the very first time to Pontefract with a horse called Hills of Home which was ridden by E. T. Marshall. The horse won and Alfie’s career in racing had begun.

Alfie’s five year apprenticeship ended and he had short spells working for Arthur Stephenson and Dick Peacock before returning to Sam Hall at Spigot Lodge in Middleham, where he first met Chris Thornton who in 1973 had become Sam Hall’s Assistant Trainer.

Chris started training in 1977 and Alfie took out his Jockeys license again. It was a great day for every one when Alfie rode a winner at Ayr on a horse called Hombre. Having achieved his ambition of riding a winner and struggling with his weight, he gave up race riding and became Chris’s Travelling Head Man and Box Driver where he travelled and saddled around 600 winners throughout the UK and Europe.

David Murray | Hamilton Park | 2010

Born in Mary Hill, Glasgow in 1957 and urged on by his brother, who said that a man of his size would make a natural jockey, David Murray embarked upon his career in racing with Tommy Craig at Dunbar aged 16. The East Lothian trainer used the sweeping sands of Belhaven bay as his gallops, and David says that whilst it might look pretty, riding out on the beach was freezing in winter, and you could easily end up swimming in the sea if your horse stood in the remains of a child’s sandcastle!  During his time there David had nearly 60 rides as a jockey but sadly never rode a winner.

After 10 years at Dunbar, David moved on to work for Bill Elsie in Malton and Ross Hobson at Worksop before packing his bags and heading for Newmarket. Four years with Eric Eldon and time spent with Lester Piggott and Ron Shearer led to David gaining a job with Michael Bell in his first year as a trainer in 1989. The combination has proved successful. David led up Michael’s first winner ever, which also happened to be his first Group winner, called Pass the Piece in the Fred Darling Stakes. In 2010 this leading yard celebrated its 1,000th winner, with David there for all of them. Other notable horses that David is involved with includes the Oaks winning wonder filly Sariska, who he regularly rides work on. He describes the filly as a proper woman who is an easy ride but you have to treat her with respect at home!

Gordon Rowlands | Bangor-on-Dee | 2010

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John Ward | Fakenham | 2010

John was born on the 8th October 1950 in Attleborough. His father was a farm worker and his mother worked at the local post office.  A career with horses didn’t occur to John during his teenage years, however he started to take an interest in racing when an acquaintance of his persuaded him to put a bet on Sea Pigeon, which duly won and thus he became hooked on racehorses and their production.

Therefore at 26 years old John took some riding lessons, discovered that he could ride and applied for a job in Lambourn with A.P.Jones who he was with for about a year.

He returned to Norfolk to work for George Prodromou where he stayed for 7 years, during which time he met and married his wife Lynn, an Attleborough girl, and had their three children. The horses that are the most memorable to him during this time were Manomieu, Antigua Flyer and St Benet.

John returned to Lambourn working for Brian Smart, Mark Usher and AP Jones again.

His heart however was still in Norfolk and he returned to work for Christine Dunnet for a couple of years where Mr Malarkey and Russian Rocket stand out as favourites. He then took a short break from the industry to concentrate on family life.

 A return back to Lambourn to work with Sylvester Kirk’s yearlings and then Noel Chance completed John’s national hunt career. He finally returned to Norfolk four years ago to be near his children. Since then he has worked, part time, as a yard man on the Bloom family’s point to point yard at Wymondham. Tragically in April 2010, on Grand National day, he received a horrific kick from one of his horses that has left him paralysed from the chest down.

Roy Burrows | Yarmouth | 2010

Roy was born in Mansfield in 1923. The son of a carpenter, Roy showed a love for horses from a young age. A neighbour who kept horses taught Roy how to ride, and this passion grew. At 14 years of age Roy started his career in Newmarket working for Captain Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochfort, as a stable lad, apprentice jockey and trials jockey for the HM The Queen Mother. Roy considers his crowning achievement to be acting for the HM The Queen Mother as an adviser - recommending and selecting horses for her. Red God, Long Riggan, Atlas and Aureole are some of the horses Roy remembers fondly, but his favourite Royal charge would have to be Alexandra who won the Hunt cup in the 1950’s.

In 1948 he married Christina and they had a son Raymond, who followed in his father’s footsteps in a career in racing. After a few years working at Sorreys in Aberdeen, the family moved back to HQ. Roy returned to Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochfort, moving onto Bruce Hobbs, Gordon Pritchard and finishing with HH Sheik Mohammad, where he worked alongside Christina in the house as head housekeeper and handyman. At 70 years old he retired in 1993, but would love nothing more than a ride up the Gallops again!

 

Tich King | Huntingdon | 2010

Tich started his career in racing four weeks before his 14th birthday when he left home to join JC Waugh at Chilton in Berkshire as an apprentice. He earned his nickname of Tich at Mr Waugh’s when the head lad decided that such a small apprentice couldn’t be known by his Christened name, Godfrey!

Upon finishing his apprenticeship Tich returned home to London to work in a butcher’s shop, one week and one cut finger later he was back at Waugh’s yard as a stable lad! In 1950 he went as an apprentice to H Davison at Findon, where Tich had a number of race rides, sadly the winner’s enclosure eluded him. He returned to JC Waugh in 1953 and went to D Gunn in Richmond as Head Lad in 1957, during this time he met Elaine who became his wife in 1961. When Mr Gunn left the training ranks, Tich was employed by the Catterick garrison to teach the young soldiers to ride horses, which he did until 1964, the year that saw his son Gary born. Gary went on to become a notable apprentice himself and now works for Clive Brittain in HQ.

Tich, Elaine and 3 months old Gary moved to Newmarket first to W Whalton and then to Sir Noel Murless and whilst at Warren Place his daughter Susan was born in 1967. Tich took a break from racing in 1972 to work at Newmarket hospital as the x-ray porter, his knowledge of the turf was popular with many patients and most days saw him running to the bookies to place bets for the bed-bound inmates! In 1982 the racing itch won, and Tich returned to the stables, working for trainers including Ben Hanbury, Lester Piggott, Chris Wall and Sarah Kelleway. Finally after a total of seven years with Derek Thomson –Jones where his horses included the Sandown specialist Tingle Creek, Tich retired in 1995.

George Smith | Yarmouth | 2009

George was born in Moulton St Mary, Norfolk in 1935. His father worked on Marley Farm a 600 acre arable farm worked with Suffolk Punches but which also bred and showed Arabs. It was only natural that the young George should follow in his father’s footsteps and help around the farm gaining his experience of working and breeding horses.  In 1969 he started as stud man with the Fairhaven family and moved to the Barton Stud where he has worked ever since.

George has worked with all aspects of Thoroughbred stud work as not only did the stud stand stallions, but all the youngsters were broken on the yard and ridden away, prior to being sold. George has many happy memories of the horses he helped to breed and bring on, including Punctilious, Quote Unquote and Quiz Time who won at Goodwood. His favourite horse however was Quinlan Terry trained by Sir Mark Prescott who came for several winters for a rest and with whom he formed a very close bond.

 At 73 years old, George continues to dedicate his life to the industry that he so clearly loves and continues to provide invaluable knowledge for the benefit of Thoroughbred breeding. When asked about future retirement plans George could only wonder what else he would do with his time!

Jim Welch | Fakenham | 2009

Jim Welch started his career at 14 working for Captain Whittaker in Newmarket, moving then to Jack Jarvis’s Park Lodge stables, seeing the war years out as an apprentice. After his National Service with the RASC, Jim returned to HQ and Jack Jarvis. He then moved to Market Drayton to assist long term friends Stan and Pat Warren returning back to Newmarket to work for Jack Watts where he met his wife Veronica. The trainer’s ranks then beckoned leading Jim to take out his licence near Ascot in 1969.

To train winners on a shoestring meant that Jim adhered to the maxim of “pay as little as possible for horses, get them fit then keep them sweet”. His first winner as a trainer was with a mare called Mush who he trained to win the Prince of Wales Cup at Fakenham with a youthful Anthony Mildmay White in the plate. Jim continued to train horses until the late1980’s when he retired to care for his wife who was suffering from cancer, a battle that they sadly lost when she died in 2000.

John Bottomley | Beverley | 2009

John started his career in racing in 1958 when he joined trainer Bill Bellerby as an apprentice jockey. When Bill Bellerby retired in 1961 John moved to Captain Charles Elsey’s yard at Highfield for 2 years. John was ‘off again’ and this time to Sonny Johnston’s for a brief 12 months before returning to Capt Elsey’s for another 2 years.

After the last 2 years with Capt Elsey, John did a much longer stint with Pat Rohan starting in 1966 for 17 years; 9 of these 17yrs were spent as Head Lad. In his own words, John felt that “Pat Rohan was the best 2 yr old trainer there ever was”. Then in 1983 John went as a head lad to Keith Stone’s for a further 6 years; John remembers Keith being “one of the nicest trainers he had ever worked for and never had a bad word to say about anyone”.

In 1989 Keith Stone went to train in Macau so John decided to start training himself and did so mostly for his brother who is a successful businessman near Newmarket as an owner/breeder. He recalls having about 70 winners between 1989 – 1997. In that 8 year period John remembers his first winner at Newmarket with QUALITAIR DREAM. Equally John’s second biggest winner was with QUALITAIR SOUND which won the Tote Placepot Hurdle at Kempton Park ridden by current trainer John Quinn.

Whilst John remembers the ‘high points’ in racing he also remembers the ‘low’ ; sadly he lost QUALITAIR SOUND 2 years later with a ruptured cecum.

When John’s training career ended he became the assistant trainer to James Hetherton for 11 years but now although retired still ‘rides out’ 2 of his brother’s horses which are trained by Ollie Pears

Owen Deehan | 2009

Owen began his career in racing in 1964 as an apprentice jockey to Ian Balding in Kingsclere. Whilst working for Mr Balding Owen worked with the Derby Winner Mill Reef and the Paul Mellon owned Silly Season.

It was where he met the girl who became his wife, Doreen. They remained in Kingsclere until 1975 moving to Coombelands Stables in Pulborough where Owen began work for Guy Harwood where he worked and cared for Dancing Brave and Kalaglow.
When Mr Harwood retired and his daughter, Amanda Perrett, took over training Owen remained at Coombelands until his recent retirement.

During his time in racing Owen was also a keen boxer entering the Stable Lads Boxing completion and reaching the semi-finals at the Hilton Hotel, London.

Peter Crouch | Fontwell | 2009

Sadly Peter passed away just before his Lifetime in Racing day took place, however his family were delighted when it was decided to carry on with the celebration of this Sussex racing stalwarts life in memoriam. 

Peter Crouch began his career as a national hunt jockey with trainers including Peter Casalet, who trained for the Queen Mother, Staff Ingram and Ryan Price.  As a freelance jockey he rode for many local trainers and notably once rode in a dead heat on Fontwell specialist, Certain Justice. Peter continued his career in horse racing, returning to Lewes to become Head Lad for Miss A Sinclair, where they won The Massey Ferguson Gold Cup with Simion. Peter retired from racing to run a convalescence home for injured race horses, nursing them back to fitness for many Sussex trainers.

In later life and well into his retirement years Peter never gave up his love of horses and worked near to his home in Barcombe for The Veasey’s Stud, mucking out and breaking in horses, one of which, The Whistling Teal, had several Group wins.

Peter Salmon | 2009

Peter left school aged 15 and immediately went on to serve his apprenticeship with the late Tommy Shedden in Wetherby. He rode his first handicap hurdle winner at Doncaster aged 17 and stayed on as stable jockey for a number of years during which time he also rode numerous winners for many of the Northern trainers.

He then moved on to work for Mr Jack Hanson of Wetherby for a number of years where he recalls his best winner ' The Alickadoo' who won The Davidson Gold Cup for M H (Peter) Easterby. Peter also won the conditional title at Sedgefield.

Peter’s next move was to become Head Lad for the late Norman Bradley followed by Head Lad for Pat Barker in Wetherby and after this working for Les Eyre at Thirsk. 

 A spell abroad followed where Peter was fortunate enough to experience a  riding stint in Japan and then South Africa before some time working in Italy for Luciano D'Auria were he broke in the famous 'Falbrav' who was winner of 8 Group One races in 5 countries totalling nearly £4 million in prize money.

Ted Carter | Pontefract | 2009

Ted started his career in racing in 1947 at the age of 14 with Val Moore. Here Ted became an apprentice jockey but left after a short time of only 9 months when the trainer lost his licence.

Ted moved on immediately and started working for Capt Elsey. Now aged 20 he was called forward to do his National Service in 1953. On finishing his time in the Army Catering Corps, Ted came back to Malton to continue his racing career and found work with Bill Dutton. Bill died in 1956 and Ted remained at the yard with its successor Pat Rohan.

Ted was a very good friend of Frank Carr whom he was Stable Jockey and Head Lad for. Frank Carr trained out of Malton’s historic Whitewall’s Stables where the unforgettable ‘Moscrop Kid’ was housed and trained. Ted recalls opening the stable door one day to a reporter from a Northumberland based paper and saying “Meet the Moscrop Kid, don’t go in or he’ll have you, he WILL bite, he’s a villain.” Moscrop Kid was a flashy chestnut colt bred to win a classic, by the French Derby winner Reliiance II out of an Irish Oaks heroine Mihintale.

In 1977 Frank Carr moved to Hong Kong and Ted ended his Jockey riding to focus on training. In this same year Ted was granted a training licence which he held for 10 years training out of Whitewall with reasonable success. 

1987 saw the end of Ted’s training profession where he moved onto horse transportation which he did for 15yrs with the local trainers of Malton.

Alen and Arthur Cawley | Kempton | 2008

Allen and Arthur were born in Bootle, Liverpool in 1945. It wasn’t long before it became apparent how small they were, and that a job in racing would be a good idea. In 1960 the twin brothers started their first job in Middleham for Joe Hartigan. The one thing they remember was having to carry gas lamps with them everywhere they went, and trying to relight them when they blew out.

After 4 months into the job they were split up, with Allen serving his apprenticeship with Harry Blackshaw and Arthur serving his with Avril Vasey, both in Middleham. On completion of their five years apprenticeship Allen joined F Johnson-Houghton’s stable and Arthur joined Major Dick Hern’s, so they were both in the same part of the country.

Allen was made Travelling Head Lad for a few years and then became Head Lad to Helen Johnson-Houghton. Allen suffered many injuries and was told he shouldn’t ride, so he trained to be an electrical engineer, but hated not working in racing and soon returned to Johnson-Houghton’s where he continued until retirement this year.

Arthur had 14 great years with Major Hern, he then moved up to be Head Lad at G W Richard’s yard, Penrith. Arthur did train for a couple of seasons; his first runner was also his first winner in Clewiston at Redcar. Arthur couldn’t financially make training pay, so returned to Major Hern’s. 

Arthur’s best horses would be either Wortherly or Silca’s Gift, both Mick Channon’s. Allen thinks his best horse would have been Orston, who was Persian Punch’s Grand Dam.

Brian Groves | Newmarket | 2008

Brian entered the industry in 1965 carrying out his apprenticeship with Harvey Leader at Shalfleet. The yard had around 60 horses and from that number 50 or 60 winners were turned out each year. Brian and Theresa married in 1969 and in order for them to do so, Brian moved yards and began to work for David Robinson who was offering a fantastic wage of £20 a week, Bob Smart was training the horses with Bruce Raymond as the main jockey.

After Bob Smart sadly passed away Brian had a spell with Bernard van Cutsem, before starting to work for Racecourse Security Services where dope testing and research was carried out. After 4 years, a season at a stud followed before Tony Hide offered Brian the role of Head Lad at Machell Place where he was to be for the next 5 years before his final move in 1983 to work for Sir Michael Stoute where he continues to work today.

For four years, he was Head Lad of the 2yo yard seeing horses such as Royal Ascot winner Dazzle and the great King’s Best but the most talented horse that Brian ever rode from a yearling right up until he went to stud was Breeders Cup and Champion Stakes winner Pilsudski describing him as “a special horse, a class act”.

His favourite horse however, was Daliapour and a picture of the horse takes pride of place in his house. Brian took the horse all over the world travelling him to Hong Kong to win the Hong Kong Vase, he was 2nd in the English and Irish Derby’s and won the Curragh Cup and Coronation Cup as well as running in the Melbourne Cup.

Gerry McCann | Salisbury | 2008

Gerry came over from his native Ireland in 1963 to serve his apprenticeship with Hampshire trainer, Bill Wightman. In 1973 Gerry went to work for Major Dick Hern at the renowned West Ilsley Stables. “The Major” moved to Kingwood House Stables in Lambourn, and Gerry duly followed. It was only when “The Major” retired in 1997 did he finish working for this great trainer. He then started in the same yard with “The Major’s” Assistant, Marcus Tregoning, where he still works to date.

Gerry has only worked for three trainers during his career which goes to show what a top class guy he is. Over the years Gerry has ridden four Derby winners in their preparation for the big race. TROY in ’79, HENBIT in ’80, NASHWAN in ’89 (all for Major Hern) and more recently SIR PERCY in 2006 for Marcus Tregoning. He says the best horse he has ever sat on was the great Nashwan. Many photographs of various greats Gerry has ridden grace the walls of the pub he co-runs in Lambourn with his brother Sean, The Wheelwright Arms

Glyn Northwood | Stratford | 2008

Glyn’s lifetime affair with farriery began serendipitously. While he had plans to be an agricultural engineer, as a young teenager he was asked to walk a horse to be shod in his home village of Wanlip. He was hooked and soon found himself embarking on a 7 year apprenticeship. He describes his master as a perfectionist, a quality which his clients will attest certainly rubbed off on him. Glyn undertook further study and qualifications with some help from veterinary fiend and his vet dissecting facilities(!), which enabled him to develop the anatomical knowledge complementing his practical skills. Glyn’s thirst for learning is as strong as ever and aside from seeing his ‘plates’ win, what gives him most pleasure is using his knowledge and experience in finding the solutions to the many and varied puzzles provided by equine feet,  for ‘shoeing’ is only the tip of the iceberg of the farrier’s special art.  As with many experienced professionals, Glyn prefers not to overcomplicate matters; problems are best stripped back to the fundamentals in the search for a remedy.

If Glyn were race-riding at today’s meeting, the weight cloth would contain two stones of lead.  This provides an idea of the approach Glyn takes to his clients- 8 stones versus almost half a ton of pre-race, excitable mass is not much of a physical contest, so technique, patience, calmness and some animal psychology is the order of the day.

Much of the work of a raceday farrier, plating and re-plating in the racecourse stables, is completed by the start of racing and Glyn likes nothing better than to watch and assess the two year olds as they canter down, race and develop. That freshness of interest and the belief that there is always something to learn perhaps underscore Glyn’s rare and unique contribution to our sport.

Henry Simms | 2008

Henry was born on March 19th 1944 and has lived for most of his life in Cawood, Yorkshire. He developed a love of racing from his late father and shortly after leaving school he decided to throw his lot in with Cliff Boothman who trained at Biggin, South Milford near Leeds. Henry served his time there and remained with Cliff Boothman until 1974. He then worked for Mel Brittain from 1974 -1985moving on to work for Richard Whittaker as travelling head lad on leaving Mel Brittains yard, remaining there until 1994.

In February 1994 he was fortunate enough to obtain a position with the Jockey Club Security Department and was appointed as a Stable Guard looking after the welfare and security of racehorses on British racecourses, a position he still holds today with the British Horseracing Authority.

Henry has many happy memories of his time spent in racing his most memorable moment came some years ago when he took Grannerton Bay down to Epsom to race in a big handicap. The horse ridden by Willie Carson duly obliged and both the owners and Mr and Mrs Whittaker knowing how much Grannerton Bay meant to Henry allowed him the honour of representing them both in accepting the plaudits and appreciation of a sizeable crowd in attendance that day.

James Thaddeus Bourke | 2008

Jimmy entered racing via point to pointing after finishing school at 18.  He loved his hunting with Willie Gleeson and admits that if there was a hunt and he could find a ride he was there.  After cutting his teeth with Pat Hougan and a handful of pointing wins to his name he decided to give England a try and took out his amateurs licence in 1966.

 In 1967 the stewards withdrew his permit to ride which led him to spend a year under Robert Hall at the Fulmer School of Equitation, where he received extensive dressage training  - not really part of Jimmy’s plan, but with hindsight a wonderful opportunity to be taught by a graduate of the Spanish Riding School.

In 1968 Jimmy returned to racing, taking out a professional jockey’s licence. A career unfolded that boasts around 300 wins, successful completion of 7 nationals, coming 3rd and 4th on Astbury and Gingernut, winning the Scottish National in 1973 on Esban for Robert Clay and coming 2nd in the Welsh National on Astbury.

He retired from professional riding ‘when the phone stopped ringing’ - it had never been Jimmy’s way to chase rides, preferring trainers and owners to actively select him.  His career then continued with the role of head lad in various yards, Stephen Norton, Mel Britain, Sue Smith and Richard Whittaker, all benefited from Jimmy’s experience.

In his retirement Jimmy is building a bungalow near Tipperary, he and his partner Katherine plan to move there once it is ready.  Taking Jimmy back ‘home’ and close to many of his family, most of whom are still very involved with horses, so no doubt Jimmy will be ‘on call’ for advice and encouragement.

John Smith | Warwick | 2008

John moved from Birmingham in 1967 to join the stables of Mr Derek Candy where he served his apprenticeship. When Mr Candy finished his son Henry took over in 1973 and John continued working at Kingston Warren where he is still assistant to the Head Lad today, some 41 years later.

John has looked after some great Group horses such as Nicholas Bill and Kambalda who went on to sire Miinnehoma and John can still be seen today working with the Head Lad and breaking the yearlings. 

Ken White | Ludlow | 2008

Ken started racing life on the flat and served his time with his local trainer, Jack Yeomans at Upton on Severn along with a clutch of promising apprentices who went on to riding and other industry careers. Like most jockeys, Ken remembers his first ride as if it was yesterday..and also that he turned up at  Yarmouth without a clue of where to go or what to do and with not a stitch of race riding kit to his name! Fortunately, Sunny Hales, Lester’s valet at the time took the young lad under his wing and turned him out armed even with a whip bearing the great man’s name. Ken rode over 200 times on the flat as an apprentice, riding his first winner on the Trace at a populous Manchester racecourse, before weight eventually got the better of him. 

Ken had at least his share of thumping engagements with the turf and he retired on medical advice in 1976. After a short spell farming he was persuaded to take up training which he did with no little success at nearby Little London. He enjoyed working with the horses and the racing immensely but eventually the economics of jumping made this no longer practicable. From 1995 he then put his vast experience to work in his own horse transport business, travelling horses for a number of local trainers continuing his contribution as a fixture in the racing scene until recently retiring. As one of those clients put it, ‘he was joy to have in on our side, such a calm quiet and considerate man’. Calmness and a self-effacing modesty are what come through in many of the comments about Ken White – a racing legend and a lovely man. 

Michael Germon | Goodwood | 2008

Born in 1940 at Kingsteignton in the shadow of Newton Abbot Racecourse Michael first rode show ponies and hunters. In 1952, 53 & 54 his was the only boy to win the Eagle Cup for best child rider. A cup still proudly displayed in the trophy cabinet today. In 1962 he also won the Stable Lads Boxing held at Marlborough.

 Michael began his career as an apprentice to the former champion jockey turned trainer, Sir Gordon Richards, in 1955. He had his first rides in 1957 at Newbury where he rode his first winner on Pin Prick owned by Miss Dorothy Paget.

He then went on to work for Jeremy Tree and Captain Ryan Price until arriving at Castle Stables, Arundel to work for John Dunlop in 1984.

An accident at work resulting in both hip and knee replacements, funded by the Injured Jockeys Fund ended Michael’s work riding career. Rather than leave the industry Michael became a travelling lad and is now 3rd Travelling Head Lad for John Dunlop at Castle Stables.

Terry Albone | Leicester | 2008

When Terry left school at 15 he had never sat on a horse and remembers the first horse he rode was called Scorchers. His first job in racing was with Humphrey Cottrell in 1965 where he carried out his apprenticeship and after spending 3 or 4 years in Newmarket, returned home to Biggleswade, but it wasn’t long before he was back to spend the next 11 years with Gerry Blum. It was here that Terry had his first ride over jumps at the age of 24 and another 100 rides followed this for which he has a number of tales to tell! Spells followed with Henry Cecil, Ben Hanbury, Peter Robinson and Nelson Guest.

However his riding career was to come to an end when one day came a bad fall in a Selling Hurdle at Worcester. He was kicked by 21 horses, “like a football” he recalls, leaving him concussed and paralysed for 10 hours with broken vertebrae. It was time to call it a day and bring an end to his riding career.

In the early 80’s, Terry then went on be a stud hand at The National Stud where he used to look after Grundy, a horse no one else was keen to do. In just 6 weeks he progressed to Stallion Man and after just 18 months moved to Ashley Heath as Stallion Man. He progressed to Middle Park Stud in Stetchworth as the 2nd Head Man and later Stud Groom/Stud Manager for Lady Herries’ stud in Angmering Park.

He then spent a year running a stud and preparing yearlings for the sales for consignor Ted Voute before finally settling at Wretham Stud in Thetford, where after 7 ½ years, he is still working today carrying out all the foaling, breaking the yearlings and looking after the mares and horses in training that return to the stud to rest.

Willie Snaith MBE | Fakenham | 2008

Willie entered the racing industry aged 15 and weighing just 3 stone 8lbs explains that there weren’t too many options for a boy his size, it was either racing or the coalmines, and he was delighted with the decision he made. Having served his apprenticeship in Middleham with Sam Armstrong, he settled in Newmarket in 1946 where he was to ride his first winner Chota Sahib for Mr Armstrong on the July Racecourse, (ironically, Chota Sahib means “small man” in Hindi) and from here Willie Snaith’s successful riding career began.

Willie was fortunate enough to be able to travel and spent nine consecutive winters in India riding in Calcutta, Madras and Bombay and also won both the Swedish and Norwegian Derby’s in the same year on a horse called Prince Fair. On home soil he finished 7th in The Derby in 1954 and finished 2nd and 3rd in the 1000 and 2000 Guineas on Bebe Grande in the same year, having been beaten by just a short head in the 1000 Guineas.

His career was honoured four years ago when he was awarded an MBE “a very proud day” he recalls, and he even has a road in Newmarket named after him. Willie now shares his wealth of knowledge and experience as he is a regular tour guide for Hoof Beats and can often be spotted with groups of visitors on Newmarket Heath.

Alfie Westwood | Newmarket | 2007

Alfie began as apprentice to Claude Halsey in Newmarket and just two years later went on to ride his first winner at the Guineas meeting beating Gordon Richards on a 25-1 shot called Invernia. Two years of National Service followed with Alfie returning to racing to work as a lad for Reg Day at Terrace House. It was here that Alfie recalls riding the lead horse for Sweet Solera who won the 1,000 Guineas and the Oaks for the yard in 1961.

Six years later, he moved on to work for Harvey Leader at Shalfleet where he was persuaded to resume his riding career at the age of 29. However, an accident at Folkestone in 1969, when his horse ran into the then oak beam and concrete post running rails, was to have long lasting effects and Alfie began to experience pain in his hips. Of course he continued to work and ride until the pain was no longer bearable, and ten years after the accident, found out that he had in fact fractured his hips which had mended themselves all wrong resulting in arthritis setting in.

Alfie then formed a successful partnership with trainer Pat Haslam, based at Pegasus Stables, continuing his role as traveling head lad. It was during this time that he became so well acquainted with Hamilton Racecourse as Alfie barely missed a meeting there deputizing for his guv’nor, and for many years they picked up the award for leading trainer at the course. The new stable lad’s hostel there “Westwood Lodge” is even named after him.

After eight years and aged 64 he finally decided that his time as traveling head lad was up retiring in 2000, however he continued to ride out until he was 70 and still helps out in the yard pulling manes. Alfie’s new role is helping out at The Racing Museum where he is on call to give tours taking all the youngsters that visit under his wing and helping them with their style on the equicisor. 

Dereck Crutchley | Warwick | 2008

He started his career in Maplethorpe, Lincolnshire with Morris Maloney and served 3 years of his apprenticeship there before moving on to A.J.Thomas’ yard here in Warwick to finish serving his time. However his career as a budding apprentice jockey was interrupted by National Service, which Derek served initially with the Royal Norfolk Regiment and then the Royal Veterinary Corps, ending up as a rider/groom with the Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.

After ‘demob’, he returned to racing and rode for a few years as a freelance mainly with Neville Hall and Walter Wharton.

Derek rode 7 winners in his short riding career before lack of opportunity led him to give up his licence and work full time in a racing yard.

In the years that followed, Derek worked for several of the top trainers of the time including Major Dick Hern during the great years of Sun Princess, Nashwan, Dayjur, Minster Son and Unfuwain, followed by 3 years with both Peter Walwyn and Richard Hannon. He then spent 7 years at Manton with Peter Chapple Hyam and John Gosden where, as a 2 year old, Derek ‘did’ Cape Verdi who went on to greater things later.

Derek’s service to Racing has spanned nearly 50 years and he has experienced the highs and lows of the business first hand, one of the ‘behind the headline’ guys who help keep the whole show on the road, and we are grateful to Warwick Racecourse for giving us the opportunity to welcome him here today with his family to recognise his contribution and to thank him, on behalf of racing, for his lifetime of service

Dick Carey | Goodwood | 2007

Dick was born into horse racing as the son of Percy Thomas Carey a successful Cross Country rider. He was brought up in the 1930’s in the nearby village of Findon, home also to Hermit winner of The Derby in 1867 and Aldaniti winner of the Grand National in 1980.

Dick’s career in racing almost never happened after he suffered severe facial burns after an incident with a WW11 thunder flash, fortunately Dick made a full recovery and his good looks were unscarred.

Dick was then apprenticed to the Epsom trainer, Victor Smyth and so in 1945 began a career in racing. He rode his first winner in October of that year on Ray at Windsor and by the time he was 19, Dick had a very respectable 63 rides under his belt despite having to take a year out having treatment for TB, he then continued to ride on the flat moving on to ride in National Hunt races as he became older.

When his riding career drew to a close, Dick became a Travelling Lad for Cyril Mitchell and progressed to Travelling Head Lad for Don Butcher until Don retired.

A stint as Head Lad for Ken Gethin followed and Dick’s last position was as Travelling Head Lad for Tommy Gosden where he had the opportunity to travel all over Europe before finally retiring.

Eric Campbell | Towcester | 2007

He began his apprenticeship in Tadcaster with trainer Tom Hall and later switched to Middleham with Tom when he moved. After Tom’s death, Eric continued to work for Sam Hall who took over until 1952 when he left racing to complete his National Service. Eric’s first ride was on the flat at Pontefract in 1946 with his first winner in 1947 in an apprentice race at Carlisle.

In 1953, he returned to racing to work for Major Bewicke in Northumberland, still riding on the flat but as Eric began to have difficulties with his weight he decided to switch to the jumps and in 1955 moved to Manton to work for George Todd for whom he had his first ride over the sticks.

Three years later, Eric moved to Greystoke near Penrith to work for Tom Robson for nine years until Tom moved stables. Eric then took out a license to train at Clifton near Penrith for a couple of years training a few winners until 1970 when he went to work for trainer Tommy Craig at Dunbar as head man. It was that year that after turning 40, Eric decided to hang up his boots and had his last ride for Tommy Craig at Ayr. His final move in February 1971 brought him to Newmarket where he began a nine year association with Ryan Jarvis.

Eric was head man for Ryan Jarvis up until Jarvis retired when after a short period with Mick Ryan, he settled as head man with Robert Williams for the next fifteen years up until Eric retired at the age of 65. He still helps his son Ian out with a few horses and rode out for Giles Bravery until three years ago.

During his career, his most memorable win came on a horse called “Miserable Monk” on whom he won the Victory Hurdle in 1960.

George Rogers | Leicester | 2007

He came into racing in 1948 at the age of 14 and began by serving his time as apprentice to Mr Golightly for “two bob a week.” After three years it was off to the army for another three years with George returning to work in racing for Noel Cannon at Drews Lodge in Salisbury. He was there for six years and recalls the “winners galore,” horses like Induna who won 22 races, Blue Galleon and Sovereign Flame who won the last Birmingham Cup.

 When Mr Cannon sadly died, George moved on to work for Sir Gordon Richards describing him as a “true gent who loved his horses” and when he retired six years later made another move, this time to Norfolk to work for a jump yard and as travelling head lad to McIness Skinner. He was there for three years and says that “in those days, you drove the lorry, led up at the races and did your two horses.”

1969 saw George and his family relocate once more, this time to Newmarket where he became travelling head lad for John Waugh until his retirement and then to Jeremy Hindley for another five years, until a fantastic offer came George’s way. This involved yet another move but this time overseas to Tuscany in Italy to work for Marchese Mario Incisa. George packed his wife, two children and the dog in the car and off they went for three years where he remembers winning most Classics except the Derby in which they were beaten a short head! 

Joe Tate | Wolverhampton | 2007

He started his five year apprenticeship with Mr J.G Ormston and began his riding career in which he had in excess of 200 rides. Joe then moved to several different stables around the country gaining more experience up until his last ride in 1977 after holding his license for some 21 years.

He spent three years in Thirsk with Mr Jack Calvert where he met his wife Hazel who accompanies him here today with their two grandchildren. The pair then made a move to Didcot in Berkshire where Joe worked for Mr J.F. Houghton. It was here that he recalls memories of the best horse he ever sat on called “Ribocco” who was partnered by Lester Piggott to win the Irish Derby, English St Ledger, was 2nd in the English Derby and 3rd in The Arc. “He was the best horse I sat on but a tricky type” says Joe.

Their final move in 1967 saw the Tate’s settle in Newmarket where Joe worked for various trainers over the years and none other than Sir Michael Stoute. They also brought up their four children, one of which was a jockey, and now the 3rd generation of Tate’s sees a grandson who also holds an apprentice jockey’s license.

Joe’s service to Racing has spanned nearly 50 years and his career sadly came to an end in 2002 when he suffered a stroke. We are most grateful to Wolverhampton Racecourse for giving us the opportunity to welcome him here today with his family to recognise his contribution and to thank him, on behalf of racing, for his lifetime of service.

Peter Feltham | Ascot | 2007

Born in 1933, he came into racing in 1949 at the age of 16 and started serving his time with the late, great Arthur Budgett at Whatcombe. He remembers his wage of 4 shillings and three-halfpence per week, having had his `stamp` deducted.

National Service intervened and after demob Peter had spells with Ted Goddard and Verly Bewick (he was there when KERSTIN won the Gold Cup for the yard in 1958) before moving to Letcombe Bassett to work for Tom Yates. In 1962 Capt. Tim Forster took over the yard, Peter stayed on to work for him and thus began a working relationship that was to last for over 30 years.

During his long and happy association with Tim Forster, Peter was of course associated with and travelled many great national hunt horses including the 3 Grand National winners WELL TO DO (1972), BEN NEVIS (1980 ), AND LAST SUSPECT (1985) and it is fascinating to sit and chat to Peter about them…he can remember all their individual characteristics and quirks.

Asked to name his all time favourite he is reluctant to separate any of them although the first National winner was a special day, but he does remember with affection the great ROYAL MARSHALL who won the Hennessy and the King George V1 Chase in 1974 and 1976 respectively. “He really was a special horse” says Peter.

Peter himself has been quietly but staunchly supported over the years by his wife Pat who has hand-washed colours, stable rubbers and saddle clothes but has always kept behind the scenes in the shadows so to speak.

Peter West | Salisbury | 2007

In his capacity as Box Driver and latterly Travelling Head Lad to Major Dick Hern and Marcus Tregoning, Pete has taken 4 Derby winners (Troy, Henbit, Nashwan and Sir Percy) to Epsom and also accompanied ` Horse of the Century ` Brigadier Gerard to most of his 17 victories.

Pete came into racing in 1957 at the age of 15, to work for the late Jack Colling at West Ilsley and was to stay at the famous yard for over 30 years having stayed on there with Dick Hern who took over there from Colling in 1962.

Amongst his earliest and fondest recollections was the multiple winner Darling Boy, whom Pete ‘did’ as a youngster and who was Hern’s first winner in France. Being the first winner that Pete ever led up he remains one of his all time favourites, along with Troy, the first Derby winner with whom he was associated and who was not only a great racehorse but a saint of a horse as well who never caused any problems.

In his 50 years in Racing, Pete only ever worked for 3 Trainers (Colling, Hern and Tregoning) having moved with Dick Hern from his beloved West Ilsley to Lambourn in 1991, and stayed on there with Marcus after Dick’s retirement. Having worked in the same yard as him myself for over 20 years, I know from personal experience the value to a trainer of someone like Peter West……reliable, capable and with a wealth of knowledge and experience. No matter what was going on, or whatever had to be done, you knew that if Pete was there everything would be alright.

Stuart Jackson | Nottingham | 2007

Stuart began his apprenticeship in 1955 working for the then Champion trainer Captain Elsey in Malton, the yard turning out big winners such as “Chantelsey” and “Honey Light” who won the Guineas.

After three years, Stuart was transferred to Newmarket to work for Harry Wragg where he continued to have a number of rides and winners during his time there until 1975 when he made a move to Luca Cumani’s firstly as a work rider and later took over as one of the Head Lads.

A short spell in the 80’s saw Stuart move to Germany to further his riding career but returned to Luca Cumani’s where he fondly recalls memories of working with some great horses and a young apprentice named Lanfranco Dettori.

His yard saw the likes of dual Derby winner “Kahyasi” and the St Ledger and Irish Champion Stakes winner “Commanche Run.”

Stuart later went on to work for Julie Cecil where he rode out the King Edward VII winner “Kingfisher Mill.” He was with her for six years until she retired from training and continues to ride work today for trainer Geoff Huffer having been lucky enough to be involved with another group horse in dual Guineas winner “Cockney Rebel.”

Tom Townsend | Kempton | 2007

Originally from Thomastown, co Kilkenny, Tom began his apprenticeship with Atty Pearse in Lambourn until he retired four years later moving on to work for Fulke Walwyn for a couple of years. Bryan Marshall was stable jockey at the time and when he retired from race riding and took up training, Tom moved on to work for him for the next eight years traveling the jumpers. During this time, Tom had a few rides over hurdles and has fond memories of horses such as Up The Vale and Early Mist.

From here, he went on to work for Ken Bailey for a coupe of years and then Geoffrey Brooke as second traveling head lad until he retired and when Doug Smith took over training joined his as traveling head lad for the next ten years - they were the first stables to set up on the Hamilton Road. It was here that Tom met Greville Starkey who instigated his move to Pulborough to take up the position as head lad for Guy Harwood in 1977.

When he arrived there were about 50 horses in the yard but numbers soared to more like 150 at one time with 100 winners every year, 5 Royal Ascot winners one year and horses such as Dancing Brave, To-Agori-Mou, Kalaglow, Roussillon and Recitation during the glory days. Tom was there for 17 years and Guy Harwood describes him as “a very dedicated man, very reliable,” but family ties in Newmarket finally lured him back 12 years ago and Tom took up the position as traveling head lad for Stuart Williams for whom he still travels horses today, aged 77. Tom has two daughters, Sarah and Claire and five grandchildren, all boys.

Tony Bowles | Brighton | 2007

Tony is the grandson of Joseph Kelly who was a racehorse trainer from 1904 to 1934. On leaving school at the age of 13 (1944). Tony was apprentice to Charlie Bell in Epsom and then in Upavon near Marlborough.Tony’s 1st ride was at Lewes on the 3/9/1946 when he came a very respectable 3rd, his 1st winner was at Doncaster in 1948 on Chwarau-Teg (Play Fair in Welsh).

Tony enjoyed three further seasons on the flat riding for many different trainers and having several winners before getting too heavy!  He also rode over fences and hurdles as an apprentice.

National Service saw the now Gunner Bowles stationed at Larkhill on Salisbury Plains conveniently near to Druids Lodge the stables of J V Rank where he continued to ride schooling every week and even manage to get himself a few rides.

On leaving the army Tony travelled horses abroad for the London Bloodstock Agency travelling to the USA and South America. A scary job taking ten yearlings on a plane in 1953!

In 1954 Jacky Sirett began training in Epsom and Tony was Travelling Head Lad and then Head Lad until just before Mr Sirett’s retirement in 1970.

“I did meet some lovely people in racing, also some wonderful characters! I still have a lot of good friends from the horse racing world and enjoyed my years in racing.

Of all the jockeys I rode in races with head and shoulders above them all was Sir Gordon Richards. A Real Gentleman – will never see the like of him again”

Trevor Heath | Stratford | 2007

He is currently head lad at Paul Webber’s Cropredy Lawn stables near Mollington but started his career at the equally famous Kinnersley stables of Fred Rimmel. Trevor was an enthusiastic rider of ponies from an early age but his introduction to a racehorse might be termed a chance ride. Trevor was brought up at a hunting yard perched next to the dirt canter on the Kinnersley estate. Watching the string go by the house one day with his father, a lad had the misfortune to be dropped and ‘Fred’ invited Trevor to canter the animal back up to the yard, and as they say, a career was born.

Stars and Bars, as the horse was called is a name which sticks in Trevor’s memory! Barely a teenager at this point, Trevor then spent weekends and holidays riding before starting full time on leaving school and had his first ride at Ludlow when he was just 16. Over the next 20 years he had a few hundred rides and modestly describes himself as a 2nd string jockey but he was one of a number of skilled riders and dedicated staff behind the roll call of  famous winners –Comedy of Errors, Gaye Trip, Royal Frolic, Rag Trade, Gay Brief on so on, and their more illustrious jockeys. Trevor recalls many great days at the races, none more so than the day of Gaye Trip’s ‘National’. On the same card he led up Palm Present which he had looked after for several years, to win the last race on the flat ridden by one L. Piggott. Probably his favourite horse was Western Rose, a game 2 mile chaser who provided his last ride - they retired together!

Vince Murray | Fakenham | 2007 

Born in County Meath, Southern Ireland, Vince first began riding ponies at a local hunting yard aged 11. When he turned 14 and was able to leave school, he set off for the Curragh where he began work for Jimmy Lenahan at Curragh View.

Five years later, Vince left Ireland for Lambourn where he began a three year association with David Hastings at Seven Barrows where they had mainly flat horses but a few jumpers as well. A short stint with Fred Maxwell followed working with horses like “Horseradish” who won the Northumberland Plate in 1960.

Vince then left racing for a while “to get a few pennies together before I got married” moving to live in Hull where he had a number of different jobs before returning to racing in 1973 with a final move to Newmarket and a few years with Jeremy Hindley at ‘Cremlin House.’ He also spent a couple of years with Henry Cecil and recalls a list of good horses that he was involved with at the time, the likes of Derby winner “Slip Anchor” which he rode out as a 2 year old and “Green Leaf.”

It was then that Vince struck up a partnership with Lord Huntingdon for whom he was to work for, for a total of ten years. Again, he was involved with many good horses such as “Print” but it was here that he came across his favourite horse of them all, “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

Vince then spent five years with Julie Cecil working with jumpers like “RMF” and “Dark Den” until he was forced into retirement due to injury some years ago.

Clive Searle | Fakenham | 2006

Clive was born in 1944. Racing was Clive’s life. From age eleven, he travelled from Cheam to Epsom on the mail train each morning to ride out for trainer “Boggy” Whelan, to whom he was later apprenticed. He rode his first winner over hurdles aged fifteen and continued to ride both on the flat and National Hunt, primarily for Frank Cundell and Major Pope, until a fall in the Swedish Grand National halted his career. He was an exceptional horseman and was associated with many outstanding people and horses.

Clive, his wife Lynda and family emigrated to Australia in 1984 where he trained with great success in Sydney. Both their daughters have remained there and are now married with their own families. Wendy is a racehorse trainer and Emma a computer programmer. Their son, Allan, works for Newmarket trainer John Gosden.

On his return to Newmarket, Clive worked for Rae Guest up to the time of his illness. Clive passed away in August 2004 after a short brave battle with cancer. His family are very grateful for this opportunity to celebrate his life. We will always miss him.

Don Stacey | Ludlow | 2006

Don came into racing in 1956, serving his time with Tom Yeats in Letcombe Bassett, just outside Lambourn. After 7 years with Tom Yeats, Don went farther a field riding over 400 winners in Norway, Sweden, South Africa and Canada, sometimes riding in up to 15 races per day.

On returning to England he worked for Ron Vibert and Monty Stevens before starting a 10 year stretch with the “great” Ryan Price. Don was fortunate in that he was associated with some fantastic horses whilst working for Ryan Price, who he says was a big influence in his life. He looked after, and rode every day, M’Loshan who won the Irish St Leger and also Le Soleil who stood over 16 hands high.

He then went onto work for John Dunlop in Epsom and Jenny Pitman, back in Lambourn. Whilst with Mrs Pitman, Don “did” In Defence and was lucky enough to fulfil every stable lads dream by leading up a winner at the Cheltenham Festival when In Defence won the Supreme Novices Hurdle in 1996. 

Frank Conlon | Wolverhampton | 2006

Frank began his career in racing aged just 13 when he moved over to Ireland to learn the trade from his family, returning to Hednesford a couple of years later as apprentice to Bob Ward where he stayed for 5 years and had a number of rides.

Frank then moved to Newmarket firstly to work for Mick Jarvis and then followed a spell with Bernard van Grutsen at Stanley House. From there he moved onto Champion Trainer Henry Cecil and began the first of two long spells at Warren Place, the first from 1971 -1986, where he was traveling head man and work rider.

After 16 years, Frank then decided to move on and began work for Sir Michael Stoute where he was a Head Lad and work rider for six years before in 1992 moving back to Henry Cecil’s as Headman where he stayed until his semi-retirement in 2005 at the age of 65 having ridden out virtually up until that day.

But not one to just sit back and take it easy, Frank now shares his vast knowledge and experience putting it to good use teaching at the British Racing School as well as escorting visitors to Newmarket on racing trips organized by The British Horseracing Museum.

Ginger Marshall | 2006

Michael Marshall arrived in Arundel from Nottingham 50 years ago as a 16 year old with a beautiful head of red hair as an apprentice jockey to Willy Smyth at Castle Stables. Ginger as everyone soon knew him has remained at Castle Stables going onto work for Gordon Smyth and then John Dunlop as a Lad.

A serious back injury at work ended Ginger’s riding career but he has remained at Castle Stables where he is now responsible for maintenance.

His wife Joyce and their two sons accompany Ginger today, Barry who lives in Honiton and is manager for the Post Office and Mike who works for Godolphin in Newmarket

Harry Buckle | Nottingham | 2006

Harry joined the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in St John’s Wood, London, to carry out his National Service but re-entered the racing industry in 1964 moving to La Grange Stables in Newmarket to work for Wally Walton.

He later became Head Lad for Fiddler Goodwill for 5 years before moving on to begin his 15 year association with Mr Thompson Jones beginning as 2nd Head Lad and moving his way up to become Head Lad.

Shortly before his retirement in 1996, Harry was rewarded for his service to the industry by receiving the Stable Lad of the Year Award at the Derby Awards Ceremony.When asked about his favourite horses, Harry mentions one horse that stands out, the great Tingle Creek whom he looked after until his final days.

Harry was described by Mr Thompson Jones as “a good horseman and a top class stableman” also stating that it was “largely due to Harry that the last 15 years of  my training career have been the happiest years I have ever had.”

We hope that you will join us to celebrate Harry Buckle’s “Lifetime in Racing” before the race, as Harry will be casting his expert eye and judging the Best Turned Out and also afterwards as he makes the presentation to the winning connections.

John Nash | Windsor | 2006

John came into racing in 1950 at the age of fifteen and started his apprenticeship with Major Peter Nelson at the Old Manor in Upper Lambourn and he well remembers doing his first winner there in 1952….a horse named FIRST SHOT which was ridden on the day by Eric Eldin.

After doing his National Service (which was the only time he ever left Lambourn) John returned to Major Nelson before moving on for spells with Sandy Clarke, Fulke Walwyn, Peter Walwyn, Bob Reid and eventually Freddie Maxwell for seven years during which time John was associated with FIGHTING CHARLIE who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1965/66.

He left to take up the position of Head Lad to the Hon Ben Leigh where he stayed for 4 years before eventually joining Barry Hills as a principle work-rider in 1976, an association which was to last for 25 years. During this long and happy period in his life John rode work on many of the top class horses that Barry trained  such as GILDORAN (2 Ascot Gold Cups)  ENSTONE SPARK and TAP ON WOOD ( both Guineas winners ) and HAWAIAN SOUND and GLACIAL STORM who both finished second in their Derbys and Irish Derby Winner SIR HARRY LEWIS.

Work-mornings in those days found John riding upsides the greats of the time including Jimmy Lindley, Steve Cauthen AND Lester and he was a great tutor to Richard and Michael Hills in their early days as young jockeys. 

Sadly, old injuries and ill-health forced John to retire in 2001 at the age of 66, which brought to an end his unbroken service to the industry of some 52 years and he now lives in retirement in his beloved Lambourn with Carole.

John Wilsoncroft | Newmarket | 2006

Father of 3 children and 2 grandchildren, John was born in Battersea and first started his career in racing in 1957 where he was apprentice to Geoffrey Kennedy in Upper Lambourn. From there he moved on to work for Miss Sinclair for the next 8-9 years. This was a time of great change in racing as when John began working for Miss Sinclair, women were not granted training licenses and therefore her horses ran under the name of her assistant John Bolton. It was not until 1965 that these rules changed and Miss Sinclair was granted a license so that the horses could run under her own name.

It was then that John moved on to work as Head Lad for Mick Goswell where he has fond memories of a horse called Churchwood who won the Benson and Hedges and Imperial Cup in the early 70’s.

1971 and a change of job and location as John started as Head Lad for David Morley originally at Timworth near Bury St Edmunds and later at High Havens in Newmarket. He spent 15 years with Mr Morley and recalls starting with 9 horses ending up with around 70 producing many winners both jumping and flat.

A change of scenery then beckoned so John spent a year traveling for Paul Kelleway before returning to Newmarket to begin his now 19 year association as Head lad for Rae Guest where he still rides out today and shows little signs of slowing up or retirement.

Ken Cox | Salisbury | 2006

Ken came into racing in 1955 at the age of 15, working for Joe Lawson at Carlburg Stables in Newmarket. He remembers that he got 3/6d per week (17 ½p in today’s money) and his digs…which were more than a mile away from the yard so they gave him an old bike and had to put wooden blocks on the pedals so that he could reach them!

He served his time in Newmarket and progressed so well that he took his jockey’s licence out and had 17 rides in England (no winners, but placed several times,) and he then moved to Sweden where he rode 18 winners from about 80 rides…a 22% strike rate!

Ken hung up his jockey’s boots in 1967 and after a short spell with George Beeby he went to work for Ian Balding in Kingsclere. It was the start of what would turn out to be over 40 years at Park House Stables with Ian, and for the last few, with Andrew Balding.

He has so many proud and happy memories of his time there where he regularly rode out some great horses including Mill Reef and Mrs Penny, but his pride and joy was the great Robellino whom Ken ‘did’ throughout the horse’s illustrious racing career.

Ken was promoted to traveling head lad and in this capacity he traveled many other class horses such as Selkirk and Loch Song all over this country and also abroad. He says his proudest moment however, came when he led in the winner of a charity race at York. The horse was Insular …and the Jockey was The Princess Royal.


Hugh Duddy | Goodwood | 2006

Hugh Duddy known to all, as ‘Paddy’ is a Wicklow boy who came on holiday to Yorkshire became apprentice jockey to John Twaite and never looked back.

Paddy first came to Epsom to work for Peter Thrale and his brother Dick. He has worked for many of Epsom’s great trainers including Ron Smyth, Geoff Lewis, John Sutcliffe and Brian Swift.

It was in Epsom that Paddy met his late wife Norma; they had six children four daughters and two sons.

At 74 and having worked in racing for 61 years you might think that Paddy has opted for retirement- not likely he still rises at dawn to work for Terry Mills at Lorretta Lodge where he is still an active valuable member of the team doing everything except riding out as he can no longer be insured though he still rides for personal enjoyment.

Tom Winters | Linfield | 2006

Tom was born within the sound of Bow Bells in London’s East End, a true cockney. One of six children his first encounter with horses was the Costermonger’s ponies that were stabled near his home.

The outbreak of World War II saw Tom and his family evacuated to Sunningdale in Berkshire. Never very keen on school Tom spent his time at Mr Morley’s Riding School helping out and learning to ride. Tom won the Pony under 14 hands award at the Windsor Horse Show.

Around this time, he was taken to the races for the first time. He was shown round the weighing room and sat on the scales and that was when the racing bug bit Tom.

Apart from the time spent doing his National Service, Tom has spent his whole working life in the racing industry. He started out as a jump jockey moving on to become traveling head lad, working for some of the greatest trainers in racing including Capt. Ryan Price, Towzer Gosden, John Dunlop and Josh Gifford.

Alan Norris | Fakenham | 2005

1953-1955 saw Alan doing his National Service in the Royal Army Service Corps driving a staff car around London. His best and worst experience was when he and a friend “borrowed” a staff car for the night, got caught, arrested and spent the night in jail in the home of the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle – not a claim that can be made by many.

Post National Service Alan returned to Fiddler to continue his career.  However, a shortly after he took up employment with Humphrey Cottrell, and it was here that he met and married Pam, a local Newmarket lass.   During their time together Alan and Pam fostered Yvonne-Anthea, a young girl of French-Cameroon origin.  They cared for Anthea for almost all of her first four years of life providing her a loving and caring home until her mother was in a position to resume responsibility for her care. Pam and Alan will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Boxing Day 2006.

Alan then spent about 18 months with Charlie Elliott and when the latter ceased training, then after 2 years with Marcus Marsh he took the opportunity to work for Pat More, his first flat and National Hunt trainer and it was here that Alan remembers working with a couple of really good horses namely Lizawake who won the Beachers Chase and Passenger who won the William Hill Gold Cup. 

Bill Brindle | Newmarket | 2005

From the age of 16-18, Bill began working for trainer Snowy Gray in Beverley before leaving to do his 2 years National Service. He joined the Royal Artillery where he was appointed Bombadier, and after serving 18 months in Cyprus received a GSM medal.

On his return to England, Bill decided to move to Newmarket where he has worked for a number of great trainers over the years. He spent 5 of those years with the late Sir Jack Jarvis at Park Lodge and then afterwards at the same yard working for Ron Sheather where he was involved with the great ‘Chief Singer.’

This is particularly poignant today as we celebrate the Silver Jubilee of ‘Jack Jarvis Close’ – a development of homes for retired stable staff, built on paddock land once belonging to Park Lodge and the late Sir Jack Jarvis, which was kindly donated to the Stable Lads Welfare Trust (now incorporated in Racing Welfare) for the development of housing for stud and stable staff, 25 years ago.

Other notable trainers that Bill has spent time working for are both David Loder and Henry Cecil. He has been lucky enough to have been associated with 16 group winners during his time in racing, and fondly remembers the likes of the unbeaten 2yo‘Blue Duster’, ‘Patricia’ (Lancashire Oaks winner, 2nd in the Irish Leger) and Royal Ascot winner ‘Lucayan Prince’ amongst others.

Eddie Edwards | Great Yarmouth | 2005

Born John Frederick Edwards (but known to all as ‘Eddie’) on 10th July 1936 in Ironbridge, Shropshire, Eddie moved to Newmarket in 1951 when he started his apprenticeship for C.W. Halsey at Somerville Lodge. His wage in those days was half a crown.

A 2-year spell of National Service, including 1 month in Suez, briefly interrupted his career, but he was soon back in Newmarket, and working for George Collins, at Hurworth House Stables, for whom he worked for a couple of seasons. When George Collins died, Eddie stayed on at Hurworth House and worked for John Oxley. It was during this period that Eddie received a phone call from Oxley’s Travelling Head Lad, Barry Hills, asking if he would like to join Sir Robin McAlpine’s team. Eddie jumped at the chance to do a little more travelling himself, and stayed with John Waugh for the next 10 years.

Eddie then had a 2-year stint with Harvey Leader, at Shalfleet Stables, and when Leader retired Eddie started a 21-year association with Gavin Pritchard-Gordon, first at Shalfleet, before moving with the trainer to Stanley House Stables, and then to Trillium Place.

When Pritchard-Gordon ceased training Eddie took the opportunity, after a short spell with Michael Bell, to go to Australia. On his return he took up the position of Feedman for Mark Tompkins for a year, but has spent the past 5 years working part-time for Declan Daly. A two times Stable Lads Golf Champion, Eddie enjoys his current post, which allows him sufficient free-time to enjoy his other main hobby outside of racing.

Eddie is lucky enough not to have suffered too many serious falls or injuries in his career, but he remembers the time when the all-too-aptly-named Explosiver, with Eric Eldin on board, broke three of his ribs whilst being loaded into the starting stalls. A reminder that the threat of serious injury is never too far away when working with highly-charged racehorses.

During his time in the game Eddie has worked with so many good horses. Record Run won all but 6 or 7 of its 21 races including 5 on the trot one year, followed by 6 straight victories the next.


Howard Moss | Nottingham | 2005

Howard’s first involvement with horses came at the age of 12, and in particular, he has fond memories of a hunting stallion called Zeus Boy. His part-time work in the school holidays inspired him to become more involved, and from there his father introduced him to Frank Coton who taught him the basics and how to get a feel for the horses.

So at the age of just 14 ½, Howard left school and came to Newmarket to begin his apprenticeship with Harry Wragg for whom he worked a total of 6 ½ years. During that time he had a number of rides and winners, the first of those being at Doncaster, but also having had rides at the local tracks such as Nottingham and Leicester.

Then sadly came the strike of ’75 and it was thought best for Howard to return home, which he did. For three years, he remained in Calverton working in the mines before receiving a knock on the door one day from Russ Hobson who was starting training in Worksop and wanted Howard to help him. He stayed with him for a year before deciding to return to Newmarket in 1978, when he began a 22 year stint with Clive Brittain. It was there that Howard had the chance to work with some really good horses such as Pebbles, User Friendly, Hailsham and Warrsan to name but a few.

Then in ’99, Howard was approached by David Loder to join his team at Godolphin and be a head lad at the new operation in France, which he did for two years.

On their return he decided to return to Clive Brittain’s for a further two years.

Hughie Quinn | Kempton | 2005

He came over the water to England in 1952 working first for Snowy Gray, and then R.D Peacock at Middleham where he stayed for 15 years before moving South to Berkshire to spend the next 9 years with Charlie Nelson. When Charlie retired Hughie spent the next 3 years with Lord Huntingdon at West Ilsley ( to where he and wife Jill hope to retire when the time comes) before joining his current Trainer Roger Charlton at Beckhampton 6 happy and successful years ago.

Amongst the Top Horses that he has been associated with over the years are MINISTRELLA, DOUBLE SCHWARTZ, FEARLESS LAD and the latest THREE VALLEYS at Beckhampton .

There are not many jobs in Racing that Hughie hasn`t done at one time or another… even as a young apprentice he had about 50 rides in public . He says he has enjoyed every moment and wouldn`t have changed his life for anything else.

Pat Kavanagh | Carlisle | 2005

Pat arrived in England in 1954 from Co. Monaghan with aspirations of becoming a jockey. He served a five-year apprenticeship with Harry Blackshaw in Middleham before moving on to Jack Ormston's yard just off the A66 north of Richmond. Pat remained with the Ormston family (father and son) for 20 years and during that time became closely associated with a bit of racing history.

Apart from being in the winner's enclosure as the winning jockey on over 40 occasions, he was also the 'lad' who looked after Le Garcon d'Or. What a stalwart and history making horse Le Garcon d'Or became. Under the tender loving care of Pat from his yearling days he went on to win 35 races from 1960 until 1972. Even when he was a 15-year-old, Le Garcon d'Or was placed in four successive races including being third in the race named after him at Edinburgh. Pat was very much part of this amazing racehorse looking after him for all the time that he raced.

As for his own winners, a couple of horses which benefited from Pat's skills with good introductions to the racecourse and went on to greater things were Derek H on whom he rode a couple of winners before the horse went on to win further races. Derek H became better known as the sire of National winner Aldaniti and African Patrol whom he won on over hurdles before the horse was sold out of the Ormston stable and later won the Scottish National in 1966.

It could be thought that life couldn't have got better but having married Patricia whom he had met in Barnard Castle, and with a family to look after, a move to Cumbria was on the cards and he became headman for trainer Gordon Richards at Greystoke near Penrith, and was with Mr Richards during Greystoke's heyday with horses of the calibre of Hallo Dandy (1984 Grand National winner), Noddy's Ryde and Little Bay. Other horses to benefit from Pat's care and attention were Randolph Place and Jim Thorpe, both regular visitors to the winner's enclosure during this time.

A further move south took the family to Ulverston to become headman for Roger Fisher for a dozen or so years before retiring in late 2004.

Patrick Hogan | Goodward |2005

Paddy was born into a racing family as the son of Patrick Hogan an Irish National Hunt Jockey who came to England in 1921. Paddy’s formal career began in the 1950’s at The Stables, Findon working for Harry Davison yard where he mainly rode jump horses.

Findon must have suited Paddy as he then moved on to Downs Stables to work for Captain Ryan Price and then to The Vale Stables where Alan & Mrs Oughton trained.

Paddy returned to Major Price where he remained after the Major’s death when Mr John Dunlop took over the licence. Paddy has enjoyed his life in racing and in Findon. He often worked with his lifelong friend Tommy Winters. Tommy would be here today supporting his good friend but is unable due to illness. Get Well Soon Tommy.

Paddy passed on his love of horses and racing to his son Martin teaching him to ride at an early age. When Martin expressed a wish to work in the industry Paddy, knowing just how hard life in racing can be, encouraged Martin to take up an apprenticeship as a farrier. Today Martin is a successful farrier and permit holder trainer in Findon. 

Reg Lomas | Ludlow | 2005

Originally a painter and decorator by trade, Reg entered the racing industry in the 60’s when he began working as Groundsman at Stratford Racecourse. He began with little experience but worked his way up to ‘Head’ Groundsman becoming well known for producing as near perfect ground as possible on most occasions.

He was a popular character with trainers and jockeys, and sadly after 30 years in the position, was forced to retired at the age of 65.

However, from there, Reg moved on to become Head Groundsman at Cheltenham for another 5 years until he reached the age of 70 and in 2001 finally decided to retire.

His many years of service to the racing industry were recognised in 2002 when Reg was awarded the MBE.

He says “…working as a groundsman is not a job, it’s a way of life and you have to be dedicated. I’ve enjoyed it very much and have worked with so many nice people.”

Rodney Boult | Salisbury | 2005

Rod served his time (2 shillings a week plus lodgings) with Marcus Marsh and Major Sneyd. Increasing weight forced him to give up his hopes of becoming a Flat  jockey and he left to take up a post as a Conditional Jockey  with Doug Marks . He got off to a great start in his new job and rode two winners in his first few weeks, and went on to ride over 20 winners for Doug.

Rod later had spells with  Major Dick Hern and Sir John(Jakie) Astor before becoming Travelling Head Lad to John Dunlop during which time he was associated with many top horses including SUN PRINCE and 1978 Derby Winner SHIRLEY HEIGHTS.

After 10 years at Arundel, Rod wanted to spend a bit less time in a horsebox and a bit more at home with his family so gave up his job as Travelling Head Lad to join David Elsworth as Head Lad for the first of two spells until David went to his new complex at Whitcombe and Rod teamed up with Lady Anne Herries.

Then when David moved back to Whitsbury , Rod rejoined him as Head Lad again.

He has now completed 20 years as part of the Elsworth Team and he is still there today supervising the `youngsters ` yard of yearlings and two-year-olds.

Both his sons  followed him into the business,  working on Thoroughbred Studs ( Russell is now Stud Groom at Westmorelands Stud) and daughter Simone, as a youngster, rode a winner at Sandown for David Elsworth so Rod has, in more ways than one, done his bit for racing.

A ` Stable Staff of the Year ` winner in 2001, Rod has many happy memories of his life in racing, none more so than being associated with the legendary DESERT ORCHID ` as he regularly rode the great horse in his work.

Arthur Taylor | Great Yarmouth | 2004

Originally from Ramsbottom, Lancashire, Arthur’s family moved to Newmarket in 1932 where he has lived ever since. Arthur’s father was in racing, having served his apprenticeship with Charlie Waugh. When Arthur used meet his father after school, a lifelong love-affair with racing had begun. At the age of 14 Arthur began his own apprenticeship with Frank Butters at Fitzroy House. The war, and a spell in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, interrupted his career for a while, but after being demobbed Arthur obtained a National Hunt licence and had about a dozen rides, “on moderate horses”. Arthur then joined Harry Wragg, with whom he stayed for nearly 30 years. It was during this time that Arthur had one of his great career highlights, working with the 1954 2000 Guineas winner Darius, a horse that Arthur later escorted to the States for Willie Shoemaker to ride in the Washington International. Shortly after leaving Wragg’s Arthur started a 13 year spell at Luca Cumani’s, initially breaking yearlings before going on to become Head Lad. Arthur worked with many good handicap winners at Cumani’s, but other highlights include Commanche Run, who won the 1984 St Leger with Lester Piggott on board, and Kahyasi who won both The Derby (1988) and the Irish Derby. It was at Bedford House, in the mid-80’s, that Arthur was asked to keep a watchful eye over a young apprentice from Italy, Lanfranco Dettori.

Arthur retired in 1991, aged 72, after nearly 60 years service to the industry, but it is somehow appropriate that he comes back to Great Yarmouth today to celebrate his Lifetime in Racing. It was here that he came on his very first outing as an apprentice. He brought his horse, Hospital Nurse, up on the train from Newmarket. He remembers going home with a box of bloaters, bought at the station before setting off on the return journey. This is a tradition that seems to have fallen away now, but just as travelling to Pontefract races meant Pontefract Cake, or a trip up to the Scottish courses meant Shortbread, back then no trip to Yarmouth was complete without a box of bloaters.

Charlie Newman | Goodwood | 11th June 2004

Profile to be updated.

Dusty Miller | Huntingdon | 5th October 2004

45 years in racing. Began as apprentice for Jack Waugh before moving onto Ted Leader and Jeremy Hindley for 17 years. Retired after 12 years with John Gosden. 

Geoff woodward | Warwick | 2004

Geoff started his racing career over 60 years ago as an apprentice with George Beeby before a short spell of National Service, as a farrier with the Army Veterinary Corps, took him away from racing stables but not away from his beloved horses. Shortly after returning to Melton Mowbray, where he met his wife, Thelma, he was off to Newmarket to work with, amongst others, Captain Boyd-Rochford and Percy Allden.

Whilst at Boyd-Rochford’s he worked with Choirboy, who was to become the Queen’s first ever winner at Royal Ascot in 1953. Another career highlight was working with Silver Fame, the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner of 1951.

Geoff eventually moved back to Melton, and started work with Mars, but he kept his hand in by riding out for all the local trainers, and by doing a bit of box-driving in-between shifts. It was here, with Tim Malony, that Geoff makes perhaps his biggest claim to fame as being the first person to climb aboard a Grand National legend.

“Whilst working for Tim Malony, in Melton, I was asked to break-in a bay 2-year old,” says Geoff. Of course, Red Rum eventually moved up to Southport and went on to become one of the country’s best-loved sporting superstars.

For the past 5 years Geoff has been working for Arena Leisure as a staff manager based at Southwell, and also covering Nottingham, Leicester, Worcester and Wolverhampton racecourses, but Warwick remains one of his favourite courses to visit.

So, I hope you will all join us by the parade ring before the race, to watch Geoff present a prize to the best turned out horse, or at the winners’ enclosure afterwards, to wish Geoff all the very best, and to celebrate his ‘Lifetime in Racing’.

George Winsor | Newmarket | 2005

Originally from Millbrook, in Cornwall, David John Winsor (known to everybody as George) started work at a local riding school during his summer holidays. His parents wanted him to start a carpentry apprenticeship, but George knew that he only ever wanted to work with horses, so wrote to a number of trainers and was taken on by Capt. Boyd-Rochfort, where Henry Cecil was acting as Assistant Trainer.

At just 8st 4lb George was considered to be rather slight down in the West Country but, upon his arrival in Newmarket, he soon realised that he was always going to be one of the larger lads in town!

George stayed with Boyd-Rochfort from 1966 until Henry Cecil took over from his step-father in 1968, whom George continued to work for until he went to work for Julie Cecil from 1991 to 1998. From this point in time, up until the present day, George has worked for Nick Littmoden.

In all his years in racing George considers himself to have been lucky enough to have worked with some of the best horses. One of his first charges was Autograph, owned by the Queen who, through his work, George has met on a number of occasions.

George’s lifetime in racing has taken him all over the country, and has also afforded him trips to America, with Indian Skimmer who came third in the Breeders Cup, and Japan, with Belmez for the Japan Cup, where George managed to sleep through an earthquake! Not a small tremor, but a full-blown quake that threw his colleague clean out of bed!

Gordon Hodgetts | Wolverhampton | 2004

Gordon began his career in racing in December 1948 as apprentice to Sid Mercer in Knowle, where he began his riding career with about 35 rides on the flat. In 1953 he left the industry briefly to do his National Service, but returned to racing straight after.

He decided to change direction slightly and began to work for Arthur Thomas in Warwick where he rode over jumps. He had approximately 50 rides before returning to Sid Mercer to ride as a jump jockey.

Mop then took some time out from racing but returned in 2001 as Travelling Head Lad for Julian Czerpak before joining his current boss Michael Appleby, where at the ripe old age of 71 he continues to do the travelling.

Throughout his career, he notched up a total of 49 winners.

Mop has an engraved watch which was given to him by Lord Wyfold after riding his first winner aboard “Silverling” on June 29th 1951, after beating the Lester Piggott ridden favourite “Ormond.”

Ken Carey | Salisbury | 2004

Ken Carey has the proud record of over 50 years in racing and who, apart from his two years National Service, has never been out of the business since he started in 1951 with R.D. Peacock at Middleham…aged 15 and weighing 4st 6lbs!

Ken was apprenticed there for 4 years – starting work at 5.30am and getting 3s 6d per week. He had a few rides in public and eventually moved on to work for Sam Hall and Avril Vasey where he ‘did’ the Ayr Gold Cup winner JANEAT.

“He was a crazy horse” recalls Ken “and I was the only one who could get into his box with him.”

After doing his National Service, Ken joined Jeremy Tree at Beckhampton for a while before moving onto Major Dick Hern where he stayed for the next 9 years. Whilst with the Major he looked after a host of top horses including RELKINO who not only finished second to Empery in the 1976 Derby, but also went on to win the (then) Benson & Hedges at York before becoming a prolific sire at stud.

Ken rode work on many of the Hern top horses including the great sprinter BOLDBOY and classic winners HIGHCLERE and DUNFERLINE.

Ken left the Major to go as work-rider to top Australian trainer Colin Hayes in Adelaide, but after 18 months he was missing the English racing scene so much that he came back home to work for John Dunlop at Arundel where he stayed until his retirement 3 years ago. 

Michael Sean Norris | Exeter | 2004

Sean Norris was born in Co.Kilkenny in 1939 and moved with the family to Scotland as a youngster where his father was a small farmer.

Although he has been around horses since the age of 3, his first job in racing came at the comparatively late age of 20 when he went to work for trainer Maurice Bailey in Cambridgeshire.  After two years there he spent two further years with Arthur Freeman at both Royston and Newmarket and then had a spell with Ken Bailey at Chelmsford at the time of that good horse BLUE RONDO.  It was during his time with Ken Bailey that Sean had his one and only ride in public…but he didn’t win!

In 1964 he moved up to Grantham, where he met and married his charming wife Sandra, and went to work for R.L Newton.  Mr Newton trained the great chaser RUTHERFORDS up for the National, he also at the same meeting led up a handsome two year old who, ridden by Paul Cook, dead-Heated for the first place in the seller.  The horse was Red Rum, whom Sean ‘did’ and rode out daily as a two year old with Tim Moloney.

After promotion to Stud Groom at Hampton Court in 1975, Sean was transferred a year later to the renowned Polhampton Lodge Stud near Kingsclere where he has remained until the present day

Awarded the RVM by Her Majesty in 1990, Sean has now given over 43 years service to the Racing Industry and has become one of the most capable and respected Stud Grooms in the business.

Mick Carty | Fakenham | 2004

Born in County Wexford, in Ireland, in 1943 Mick began his racing career working for the two-time Grand National winner A. P. Thompson. When Thompson retired, he found Mick a job in Newmarket with Mr Harry Thomson-Jones, where he learned the ropes from the Travelling Head Lad, Bill Henderson. Mick stayed with Thomson-Jones for 8 years before taking the opportunity of becoming the Travelling Head Lad for Jeremy Hindley at Kremlin House, where he remained for a further 14 years. Willie Haggas was the Assistant Trainer then, and when he left to set-up on his own, he took Mick along with him. Mick stayed with Haggas for a further 8 years until a stroke forced him to give up riding in 1988, although Mick did return to work as a yardman for Mark Tompkins for 4 years.

Mick was lucky enough to have had a small number of rides during his time, two in Ireland, at Clonmel and Phoenix Park, plus a handful over the sticks for Derek Weeden. In one of these races Mick dislocated his shoulder at Huntingdon. There was no course doctor present, so Mick had to help get the horses boxed-up after the races without having had any medical attention. After escorting the horses back to the yard Mick was then faced with a scooter-ride back to Newmarket. Mick says he felt each and every bump in the road on that journey home.

Apart from this little mishap at Huntingdon, Mick says he was lucky not to have suffered too many bad knocks during his career, although there was the time that Unibra, a big heavy 5-year old, knocked all of his front teeth out. A reminder that horseracing can be an unpredictable and dangerous profession, not just for the jockeys but for the vast army of staff working behind the scenes also. 

Sheff Wilson | Leicester | 2004

Born in 1935, ‘Brian’ is originally from Sheffield, hence the nickname. His career in racing started as a 14-year old apprentice for Marcus Mark at Fitzroy House Stables. A short spell of National Service interrupted his apprenticeship, but he returned to Newmarket, and went on to work for the likes of Humphrey Cottrill, Scotty Pringle, John Waugh, Captain Oates, John Powney (for whom he was Head Lad for 8 years), Nelson Guest, Sir Michael Stoute (where he spent 10 years), and Mark Tompkins in a career that stretched over nearly half a century!

Sheff has worked with many great horses in his time, including breaking-in the 1952 Derby-winner, Tulyer, as a yearling. Marengo, who won the Derby trial at Sandown with Snowy Fordham, and finished 5th in the Derby itself in the early 60’s. Poona finished 2nd in the 1,000 Guineas in the early 50’s. Sheriff Dancer won the Irish Derby. Shibil was 2nd in the Italian Derby for Sir Michael Stoute. And Sheff can even claim to have ridden the legendary Shergar.

Of course, racing is not without its dangers, as Sheff can testify. Once, his horse, Venetia, freaked in the stalls leaving Sheff with a broken sternum, broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken foot, and some fractured bones in his back. His wife, Cynthia, had to take him back to hospital after he had discharged himself, but he was still back riding-out within a few  short months! Unfortunately, Sheff’s long career was finally cut short in 1997 when he suffered a stroke, whilst at Mark Tompkins’. Sheff says he will always be grateful to his old boss, who was very good to him during this difficult period.

Always totally devoted to his horses, Sheff would often stay up all night with them if there were any problems. 

Fred Messer | Warwick | 2003

This year, the Racing Welfare “A Lifetime in Racing” series have been generously supported by Faucets.   Races and presentations at racecourses across the country will be held in recognition of the hard work carried out by stud and stable staff that have devoted their lives to racing.

Today we would like to honour Fred Messer’s lifelong service to horse racing.  Without him, and thousands of unsung hero’s like him, racing simply would not exist.

Fred has been involved in racing since he was apprenticed to the great Frenchie Nicholson at the age of fifteen. He was an instant success and rode 15 winners in the 1966 season, including a notable success on Martin Tate’s game mare Cullen in the prestigious Grand Metropolitan Handicap at Epsom.

To win the race at such a young age shows that the balance, poise, confidence and natural empathy with a horse which are still evident in Fred’s riding were backed up by a lively racing brain. It was unfortunate that his rising weight put paid to a burgeoning career – an opinion shared by some good judges, as testified by the quotations below.

Fred was doubly unlucky inasmuch that he was still too small and light to seriously consider life as a jump jockey. A spell out of racing (as a postman) followed before he returned as head lad to the newly licensed Ian Williams. When Williams moved to premises at Alvechurch, about ten miles away, Fred moved with him, and his experience and sound judgment are invaluable to the 70 horses and 25 staff in his charge.

Geordie Campbell | Newton Abbott | 2003

Geordie Campbell came into the world of Horseracing as a raw, skinny 15 year old in 1950 weighing less than 5 stone and apart from 2 years National Service in the Royal Tank Regiment he remained in the game until, 46 and 17 Classic winners later, he retired in 1996.

He started and served his time with Jack Colling at West Ilsley and had plenty of rides in his apprentice days resulting in quite a few winners, and he also finished 4th in the prestigious Zetland Gold Cup.

It was at West Ilsley that he met and married in 1958 his wife Margaret who is here with him today.

When Jack Colling retired in 1962, an up and coming Trainer by the name of Dick Hern took over the yard and Geordie joined him, becoming his head lad in 1968.  The ensuing 34 years with The Major produced 17 Classic winners and t5he great horses that came under Geordie’s care over the years included 3 Derby winners in Troy, Henbit and Nashwan, dual Classic winners Dunfermline and Sun Princess and of course the legendary Brigadiers Gerard.

His all-time favourite however remained the great stayer Grey of Falloden whom Geordie ‘did’ for several years and after whom the cottage which he and Margaret retired to in Cornwall is named.

Born in Newcastle in 1935, he has remained a Geordie through and through and has never lost his broad Tyneside accent, or his love for Newcastle United and Newcastle Brown Ale!

George Wake | Market Rasen | 2003

Newmarket born and bred, George’s career in racing began before he had turned 14, and continued almost unbroken for most of the next 55 years. His father had worked in the industry all of his life too, including a stint as a jockey in the States, so you might say it was in the blood.

George served his time, initially, with Captain Whittaker, at Sefton Lodge stables, in 1943. He moved on to Henry Jellis, where he completed his apprenticeship at Beverley House. He then worked for Colonel Warden for a spell, which was interrupted by 2 years National Service. Shortly after the Colonel moved out of Newmarket, George also moved out of town, to Soham, and another change of employer. Working for Harry Wragg meant a 15-mile return bicycle-journey every day. Twice a day in the summer, when the weather allowed George to return home between shifts!

A stint at Ted Lambton’s Moreton Stud was followed by a short spell out of racing, working in the construction industry. However, a return to the game was never going to be too far away, and George was lured back to the turf when he took up the position of Second Head Lad with Patrick Haslam.

George started working for Mr Thomson-Jones in the early 1980’s, for a spell that lasted nearly fifteen years, until the trainer’s retirement in 1996. George counts these years as perhaps his most enjoyable time in the industry.

Having worked for a few more trainers (Jeff Pearce and Chris Wall among them) after Thomson-Jones, George decided that it was time to call it a day, and retired at the end on the century. Never able to quit the habit completely, he has been known to help out at Tattersall’s sales from time to time, and is always on hand to share his years of experience with any trainer wise enough to seek him out. He also dedicates some of his spare time nowadays to helping raise funds for the Newmarket Day Care Centre, selling raffle tickets, and helping out with street collections.

Ian Smith | Leicester | 2003

Ian was born in Ashington, near Newcastle, but left the northeast before he turned 16 and travelled down to Newmarket, where he has lived ever since.

Starting in 1958, on a wage of two and a half crown a week, Ian served his 6-year apprenticeship with Tom Waugh, before moving on to become a work-rider for Sam Armstrong, Alan Bailey, Pat Moore, and Mick Ryan, where he worked with the Irish 1000 Guineas winner Katie’s. And until last July he had spent the past 12 years as Head Lad to Pip Payne.

Ian is especially pleased to be back at Leicester today, as the course will always hold fond memories for him. He had a handful of rides during his apprenticeship years, including two winners, Ernie, and Cameron Highlander. Both of these successes came here at Leicester!

When asked about the highlights of a career spanning nearly 45 years in the game, Ian is reluctant to single any one horse out: “You can’t get too attached to a horse,” he says, “you never know when they are going to be sold, or moved on.”

If pushed, he will tell you about Privy Counsellor (“2000 Guineas winner for Tom Waugh.”), Ya Malak (“the fastest horse I’ve ever worked with.”), and Nice One Claire (“an excellent horse, now at stud in Ireland”).

Described as a brilliant work rider, Ian has always been a very good judge of form and knows a horse’s ability, and how a it will run. He would still be providing dedicated service to Pip Payne today had he not suffered a stroke in July 2002.

Jim White | Newmarket | 2003

In 1927, Jim started a 6-year apprenticeship with Frank Hartigan in Hampshire, before moving on to Hambleton, in Yorkshire, where Sir Noel Murless, with just three horses, and Jim as his only stable lad, built a racing empire. And Jim stayed until Sir Noel retired in 1976.

Jim’s list of classics winners (19 in all) includes; Ridge Wood (1949 St. Leger); Crepello (1957 Derby); Carrozza (1957 Oaks); Petite Etoile (1959 Oaks); Royal Palace (1967 Derby); St. Paddy (1960 Derby), plus Queenpot, Aurelius, Fleet, Caergwrle, Lupe, Altesse Royale, and Mysterious.

After Sir Noel’s retirement, Jim continued at Warren Place (where he still lives), but was forced into retirement about 6 years ago, after a stroke.  Looking back to when he lived in grim hostel accommodation, earning half a crown a week, Jim says, “They were hard days, but fun.”

In 2001 Jim was honoured to be included on the Jacqui Jones mural in the Owners’ and Trainers’ Bar here at the Rowley Mile Course. At his 90th birthday, last August, the guests included Lester Piggott and Henry Cecil amongst others.

If pushed to choose a favourite moment, Jim says that it is probably Carrozza winning the Oaks for the Queen in 1957.

Joe Kennedy | Southwell | 2003

Born in County West Meath, Ireland, in 1923, Joe celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year. He trained as a general blacksmith after leaving school, but longed to come to England to work in horseracing.

His chance came just after the war, when he was put in touch with Captain Boyd-Rochford, who in-turn passed Joe’s name on to a Mr Wootton, who had contracts with most of the trainers in Newmarket. Through Mr Wootton, Joe first worked for Mr Walter Earl at Stanley House, and Joe Lawson at Carlburg Stables amongst others.

After building up a good reputation in the town, Joe then took up employment with a prominent veterinary firm, Reynolds Leader Day & Crowhurst, specialising in surgical shoeing, for horses with deformed feet.

Within a couple of years, Joe had built up a good relationship with most of the trainers and stud farms around Newmarket, and decided to set up on his own, employing two other farriers, and training a couple of apprentices too.

 Joe shod many great horses in his time, with six classic winners among them, including Happy Laughter (1,000 Guineas in 1953), Never Say Die (Derby, 1954), Ballymoss (St Ledger, 1957), and Martial (2,000 Guineas, 1960). One of Joe’s most rewarding achievements however was with a horse called Keep Silent. The owner thought that this filly was so ‘straight in front’ that she would never be able to race. Joe treated her feet with such success that she went on to record her first victory at Yarmouth in the Brooke Selling Stakes.

Always inventive Joe made his own machine, which produced shoes with pre-cut nail-holes already in them, thus saving time and reducing costs. Over a period of 40 years, it is estimated that Joe shod over 120,000 horses, including 5,000 winners, using nearly 500,000 shoes, and over 3 million nails!

Joe Mitford | Goodwood | 2003

Joe joined the racing industry in 1934, serving his seven-year apprenticeship with the northern trainer Armstrong.  He was the called up to the Royal Artillery in 1940.  After demob in 1946 he returned to racing in Epsom and became travelling head lad to Peter Thurle, he then moved to his nephew’s yard, Dick Thurle, to become head lad.

In 1953 he married Dot, who is here today with his daughter Shirley to help celebrate his award.

Joe spent his last 20years in the industry working for Arthur Pitt, the well-known Epsom trainer and retired in 1985.  The most memorable horse he has looked after throughout his career was ‘Persian War’.

Michael Sharpe | Great Yarmouth | 2003

Michael’s long career in racing started in 1942, when he joined Ted Leader as an apprentice.

In the early days of his apprenticeship he received the princely sum of 1s 6d per week and had just one Sunday afternoon off each month. Despite such hardships, Michael was still able to acquire the nickname ‘Happy’.

His spell with Mr Leader was interrupted by a stint of National Service, but upon his discharge from the forces, Happy returned to his old employer, before making a short-term switch to Harry Wragg’s. Happy’s next move was of a somewhat more long-term nature, as he went on to spend the next 23 years as 2nd Head Man to Ryan Jarvis. Upon leaving Mr Jarvis’s employment, Mrs Jarvis wrote a glowing reference praising Happy’s ‘great loyalty, honesty, and integrity.’

But the lure of larger, tied, accommodation lead Happy to Lordship Stud, where he worked under Jack Waugh, before moving on to Hadrian Stud and then Longstone Stud. He was eventually enticed back into a racing yard, when he took up the post of Head Man for Eric Eldin, where he stayed for nearly 10 years, until he went to work for Julie Cecil.

Happy retired in 1997, aged 68, after 55 years in the racing game.

A member of Newmarket Links, one of his proudest moments away from the track was getting a hole-in-one back in the 1960’s, a feat which cost him a few bob back in the clubhouse afterwards!

During a career, which has brought many highlights, Happy was lucky enough to have 8 rides, including a winner (Glossary) on Newmarket’s July Course in 1945.

Peter Henton | Cheltenham | 2003

Peter was born in 1932 at Caithness Lodge, Epsom.  As the son of a jockey and trainer, Peter was brought up in the racing community and riding whilst still at school.

He left school at the age of 13, to become stable lad with Bill Larkin at Gatwick racecourse.  As an apprentice Peter rode on the flat and over hurdles.   He served two years National Service in the Veterinary Corp. in Melton Mowbray, and on returning to racing rode a number of winners for Jack Holt.

Peter has also worked for Captain Ryan Price, Sid Dale, Peter Thrale and Don Butcher and was Head Lad for Guy Harwood for a number of years.

Just before Peter’s well-deserved retirement, he moved to Cheltenham and worked with Owen O’Neill at Cleeve Hill.

Peter Maughan | Bath | 2003

Peter’s taste of classic glory came in his 23 years with Arthur Budgett.  Successes included Morston and Blakeney.  Peter has only worked for three trainers throughout his lifetime, following James Bethall to Whitsbury when he took over from Mr Budgett.  Peter then worked for David Elsworth and continues to do so to this day, 19 years on! as travelling head lad.

“It’s a great job.  We have some marvellous horses and won some fantastic races with Desert Orchid, Rhyme ‘N’ Reason and Barnbrook Again in the winter, to In The Grove and Persian Punch in the summer,”

Peter was chosen to receive the Stable Staff of the Year Award in December 2001 and now Racing Welfare are delighted to pay tribute to Peter’s lifelong dedication to the sport with this ‘A Lifetime in Racing’ award. 

Rob Vaughan | Salisbury | 2003

Rob came into racing in 1953 at the age of 15 when he started a five-year apprenticeship with Willie Stephenson in Royston at five shillings a week …..25p now !.

With so many other apprentices in the yard at that time, including Bruce Raymond and Des Cullen, as well as regular jockeys Buster Parnell and Pat McOwan, rob never managed to get the opportunity to ride in public, but he finished his apprenticeship and stayed on as a lad.

Following a short spell with Bill Wightman in 1962, he went to work for Sir Gordon Richards at Whitsbury and during his 6 years there did several good horses including Lady Beaverbrook`s `Rich Boy ` who after winning as a two year old here at Salisbury, went on to break the track record at royal ascot in the Britannia stakes.

On Sir Gordon`s retirement, rob stayed on at Whitsbury for a while with Bill Marshall but in 1972 moved to Lambourn to start his long association with the master of seven barrows, Peter Walwyn where he was to stay until peter retired in 1999.

During his 27 years there rob did a host of good horses including Tudor Mill, Japello and Hawa Blady. The disqualified 2000 guineas  ` winner ` Nureyev was also looked after by rob as a yearling before his owner transferred him to France for training.

On Peter Walwyn`s retirement, rob spent the last 3 years of his working life with Jamie Osbourne before deciding that it was time for his own retirement last year, so that he could spend more time enjoying his lifelong passion for fishing.

Wally Bradley | Nottingham | 2003

Although originally from Nottingham, Wally has been living in Newmarket for over 60 years now. Born in 1923 in Kimberley, where his grandfather used to run the Stag Inn, Wally spent his early years in Kirkwhite Street in The Meadows, just a mile or so from Colwick Park. He attended the London Road School, before moving on to Trent Bridge Boys School. Despite growing up just yards from the city’s two football grounds, and the Trent Bridge cricket ground, Wally was only ever serious about horses.

He left school at 14, to work for Mr McVitie, and by age 16 he had moved to Newmarket to take up his apprenticeship with Harvey Leader. Wally was called up into the army in 1942 but apart from this 5-year interlude he spent the rest of his working life in racing stables, or on studs.

Upon his discharge from the forces, Wally spent a further 10 years with Harvey Leader before moving on to work at Lord Melford’s Derisley Stud (now Dalham Hall), then Dick Waugh’s Burningfold Manor Stud, before starting a 25-year association with Sir Robin McAlpine, working as 2nd Man at Wyck Hall Stud, where he stayed until his retirement in 1988, aged 65. It was at Wyck Hall that Wally remembers working with Circus Plume, who went on to win The Oaks for John Dunlop in 1984, with Lester Piggott on board.

Whilst working in training-stables, Wally was thought to be jinxed for a while. His horses always finished second, never first. On one occasion, when Wally was sent over to Ireland with another horse, his regular charge back home, (Changing Scene), went out and won for somebody else. Wally says he has never had a bet since!

Bill Price | Bango-on-Tee | 2002

Bill started as a stable lad in 1955 with Mr William Hide at Stanton Lacy Ludlow.  He than took out his first trainers permit in 1959.  He also rode as an amateur on his own horse “Deux Temps” at Worcester Racecourse in 1961.

Bill then moved on to Mr Mostyn Lawrence, Newport and looked after many horses including “Pikes Fancy” who won six races for him.  He then went on to join Mr Terry Johnsey, Chepstow and looked after ‘Ruskin’, Leila Margaret and Spanish Hero.

From 1974 –1986, Bill once again took out his permit and trained

Great Freda, Golf & Wilsaruth.  Then, his son in-law Dai Burchell took out his trainers licence and Bill has been with him ever since.

“We are both 65 now, so when he retires so will I”

Colin Casey | Market Rasen | 2002

At 14, Colin started an apprenticeship in Middleham Moor, North Yorkshire, and went on to spend the next 50-years serving the horse-racing industry, working in stables, livery yards, and studs.

He began his career on a 7-year apprenticeship with Sam Armstrong, where he earned 2 shillings a weeks. He stayed with Mr Armstrong for 18 years, even moving to Newmarket when the trainer relocated to headquarters in 1946.

It was in Newmarket that Colin met Eileen. She too was steeped in racing, her father (‘Derby’ Birks) worked for John Waugh, and was head lad to Joe Lawson. Colin and Eileen have been married for 45 years now, and still live in Newmarket, in a flat owned by Racing Welfare.

Colin held a jockey’s licence between 1947 – 1963, and had a number of rides, both on the flat and over jumps. He even had a few rides here at Market Rasen, and the course remains one of his favourites to this day.

Over the years Colin was lucky enough to ride a few winners, the first being at his adopted home of Newmarket, and one of his last was on his hometown track in Birmingham, before the Bromford Bridge course closed-down in 1965.

Upon leaving Sam Armstrong, Colin went to work for Marcus Marsh for a couple of seasons, then spent 14 years with Ian Walker, where he was head-lad.

After a spell training horses for J A Hubbard, he managed the White House Stud, near Newmarket, for Bruce Hobbs. Then, after a few years working for Hugh Collingridge, Colin finally gave in to years of accumulated injuries, and retired from racing in 1993.

Eddit Watt | Market Rasen | 2002

Started riding out at for the late Hugh Barclay at 13.  He became head lad for John Dunlop 16 years ago where he continues his role today.

Frank McMahon | Warwick | 2002

Frank McMahon celebrated his life’s work in racing at Warwick racecourse on Easter Monday, when a race was named in his honour.

Frank was chosen to receive the award to mark his 48 years in the racing industry by Racing Welfare.  The only charity that cares for racings’ people employed or retired from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

His family were all at the races to see him judge the best turned out and present the trophy to the winning owners of his race “The Frank McMahon ‘A Lifetime in Racing’ Maiden Stakes’

Frank was then presented with his own award by top jockey Willie Ryan to mark their special day.

Frank McMahon has been a fixture of the Midlands racing scene for over 40 years.  Fank became a leading apprentice with many winners including a Tipperary Cup.  Since the late 60’s Frank has been associated with

Mr.Reg Hollinshead’s yard looking after a number of good horses, he’s also been a mentor to the impressive line of Hollinshead leading apprentices.

The race is one of a national series developed by Racing Welfare, to be held in recognition and our appreciation for the hard work carried out by the unsung heroes behind the scenes who form the backbone of the industry.

Joe McGee | Hamilton | 2002

Joe joined Racing in 1952, with Major Nelson at Lambourn.  He was there for seven years, serving his time in the process.  He then had two years with Keith Piggott an also worked for Blackshaw and Nightingale.  The connection with Cree Lodge then comes in, he has worked for Charlie Williams, Nigel Angus and of course Linda Perratt.

Some horses that stand out in his memory include Gay Marie, trained at Cree lodge, as well as the three Gold Cup winners, Swinging Junior, Roman Warrior and Whistling Victor.  Also harking back to the Whistler, champion 2yo (at Major Nelson’s) He has also been associated with Ho Leng Friar Tuck and Ptarmigan in Linda’s eleven years at Cree Lodge.

John Taylor | Worcester | 2002

John’s return to Worcester brings a lifetime in racing full circle as it was at the racecourse at a war time meeting in 1940 that John had his first ride – on the flat!

Though he has been retired for several hears, that moment 60 years ago when he was legged up on the Tom Rimell trained Relais de Poste remains a crystal clear memory.

Although he was always going to go into racing, his career begun a little hesitantly; one month after making the long journey to Fred Armstrong’s yard in Middleham from the family home near Northwich in Cheshire, the nearly 14 year-old succumbed to home sickness.  Before long, however, another door opened at Tom Rimell’s yard at Kinnersley, which he joined in 1936.  Though he was put up a number of times, the war disrupted any chance John had of making it through the apprentice ranks and in 1941 he was called up to join the RAF.  After serving in ground signals, he was eventually taken air born in Lancasters and survived one complete tour (30 raids) with 103 squadron as a wireless operator.

John returned to racing in 1946, regrettably several stones heavier than when he had left it!  As Fred Rimell had taken over at Kinnersley by that time, the jumping game beckoned and John spent most of the next decade working for Mr Rimell in the winter and summers with Bill Hyde.  John inevitably looked after some nice horses for Mr Rimell such as Hollybank, but remembers being the first lad to ride ESB away after he had been broken in.  John has remained single and in the latter part of his racing life following a spell with Tim Forster at Wantage, worked for several trainers in this part of the world including George Owen, Peter Ransome and near his retirement, for Frank Jordon.  John never lost the love of the riding and was still riding out the odd point to pointer for Clive Davis in his early 70’s…though as he puts it, “you have to be a little bit careful about what you get on at that age”!

Maureen Howes | Uttoxeter | 2002

Trained as a riding instructress, Maureen initially joined the thoroughbred racing industry with the plan of gaining a couple of years experience before moving into the world of 3-day eventing. 43 years later, she is still working in racing stables

"I just fell in love with race horses. They're so alive." Explains Maureen. Nowadays women account for nearly 50 percent of stable staff, but when Maureen joined the industry, on 2000 Guineas Day 1959, she was in a very small minority, perhaps one of only a dozen girls in all the yards in Newmarket.

Unlike the stable-lads, women weren't given apprenticeships, but Maureen `served her time' with Captain Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochford, doing some very good horses (including Canisbay - the Queen's first big winner, Iron Peg, and Sunspeck) in her 7 year stint at Freemason Lodge Stables.

She moved on to work for Van Cutsem where she teamed up with what was to become her all-time favourite horse, Park Top, who went on to become the highest stakes winner never to enter a classic, and inspired her owner, the Duke of Devonshire, to write 'Romance Of The Turf'. Down the years Maureen also worked for Frankie Durr, Tony Hyde, Willie Musson, and Mick Ryan.

Peter Delaney | Stratford | 2002

A member of Groundstaff at Stratford who retired at the end of March after 25 years.  Before joining Stratford he worked for Michael Marsh firstly as a national Hunt jockey and latterly as Head Lad.

Ron James | Frontwell Park | 2002

Ron was employed in the racing industry for 48 years. He was first with Willie Smyth at Arundel. Ron was out of racing for two years 1951/1953 when he was doing his National Service. On his return he joined Captain Ryan Price, at first working under Syd Dale, then George Windows and finally Giles Beeson. When Giles Beeson moved on he became Head Lad. Ron joined Josh Gifford when he started training in 1970 and he remained with josh Gifford as Head Lad until he chose to retire in 1998 due to his wife’s ill health.

Roy Prince | Newmarket | 2002

Born in 1923, Roy received his grounding in the industry from his father, who had worked in studs and stables all of his life. Often accompanying his father during school holidays, it was not unknown for the young Roy to bunk off school during term-time to attend race meetings.

In 1937, aged 14, Roy signed a 5-year apprenticeship with Walter C. Earl, Lord Derby’s trainer. His accommodation was provided by way of a bed in the stable lads’ hostel at Stanley House, but on top of this he earned a grand total of a shilling a week, (5p in today’s currency). “This might have been just enough to buy 10 cigarettes and a pint at the Astley Institute (the old social club for stable lads in Newmarket).”

Roy held a jockey’s licence for 3 or 4 years in the early 40’s, but it was a difficult time to pick up rides, and then a stint in the army interrupted his career.

On his return to Newmarket, Roy picked up where he left off, re-joining Stanley House stables, but this time in the employ of Bernard Van Cutsem (“a gentleman in every aspect of the word”). This was followed by 5-years with Norman Bertie, and a spell with Sir Mark Prescott. Roy finally retired, in 1988, after a 9-year stint with Sir Michael Stoute.

Even so, he continued to work with horses, but on a voluntary basis, with the Newmarket Horse Rescue Centre, based on Greville Starkey’s White Lodge Stud at Kennett.

In one unforgettable season he was involved in seven winners from just two horses. And he can also, proudly, boast that in his 9 years with Sir Michael Stoute, with the exception of just 2 horses, all of his charges went on to become winners.

Snowy Outen | Salisbury | 2002

Born in 1924, Snowy began his life in Racing at the age of 14 with William Jarvis, where he remained until called up for Army service during the war.  He served in India and Hong Kong where at the end of the war he was instrumental in saving the lives of a host of horses, which were destined to be destroyed.  Snowy nurtured them back to health and fitness and subsequently helped establish a racing club in the Colony (possibly the foundation stone of today’s mighty Hong Kong Jockey Club!)

After Demob, he spent a short time with Bill Marshall before joining Capt Hastings-Bass at Kingsclere where he looked after many good horses including Gaul, Berkeley Springs and Early to Rise.  He remained at Kingsclere for 10 years then moved to Lambourn to become head lad to Barry Hills when Barry first set up training.  He is still there today after 33 years of service to the stable.

Tommy Hardman | Leicester | 2002

Tommy Hardman’s life long work in racing began in 1937 in his hometown of Bolton, with Mr W Carr.  War interrupted his training, but he went on to continue his apprenticeship afterwards with J.P. Hollowell, in Moulton.

He went on to work for various trainers including Frank Gilman, George Span, Major Holiday, before becoming Travelling Head Lad for John Oxley.  Tommy’s last job in racing was as Headman to Bill O’Gorman, but ill health finally forced him to retire when he suffered a heart attack in 1980.

Amongst the Highlights of his ‘Lifetime in Racing’, Tommy points to working with horses such as Golden Boy and Polar Flight, but he reserves special mention for the thirteen years he spent as Barry Hill’s replacement as Headman to John Oxley.