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Greville Strarkey - the obvious one.

Sam Thomas - Denman

The Felon - Ballinger Ridge

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Report guinness2dear August 4, 2010 10:25 PM BST
George is MD of Tatts in Ireland now, kabcast..
Report kabcast August 4, 2010 10:30 PM BST
Guiness,do u think that was his biggest success as i only remember him associated with this horse.
Report guinness2dear August 4, 2010 10:33 PM BST
He rode a lot for Webber, i remember an old favourite of mine he got on well with, Townley Stone...
Report GEORGE.B August 4, 2010 10:35 PM BST
Lenny Lungo on Hit Parade - Martin Pipe's first winner under rules.
Report Hayden August 4, 2010 10:37 PM BST
Morley Street beating Granville Again at Aintree ridden by Graham Bradley  Grin
Report kabcast August 4, 2010 10:41 PM BST
Reg Crank winning Sun Alliance Chase at festival on something who"se name ive forgotten,sorry.Also Nigel Holder winning Triumph on Ikdam 1989 at 66/1.
Report guinness2dear August 4, 2010 10:43 PM BST
Kildimo at Ascot, ridden by Graham Bradley...
Report Hayden August 4, 2010 10:44 PM BST

1986     Cross Master     9     Reg Crank     Tom Bill
Report GT August 4, 2010 10:45 PM BST
Andrew Glassonbury ~ Gaspara
Report kabcast August 4, 2010 10:45 PM BST
Guiness or anyone,do u remember a jockey called Pat Leech riding for Martin Pipe before Scu,remember horse he rode called Corporal Clinger over hurdles when i was but a lad.
Report GT August 4, 2010 10:46 PM BST
Keith Mercer on Joes Edge..stopping Ruby winning the 4 nationals
Report guinness2dear August 4, 2010 10:46 PM BST
Yep, remember him well..
Report kabcast August 4, 2010 10:47 PM BST
Thanks Hayden,does anyone recall a horse called Pan Arctic winning at grand national meeting at 100/1 or am i losing it.
Report Anaglogs Daughter August 4, 2010 10:55 PM BST
1985 Aintree The Maghull Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 1st Pan Arctic 6 Jockey Philip Hobbs... trainer Tom Bill
Report Hayden August 4, 2010 10:56 PM BST
Pat ‘Shorty’ Leech started his racing career at the age of 12yrs, joining Noel Meade as an apprentice.  He became a professional National Hunt jockey at an early age and was lucky enough to finish second to the great Frank Berry (10 times Irish NH champion jockey) in the jockeys championship in 1983, whilst still an apprentice.
He was retained by Noel Meade from 1983 to 1997 and won over 20 flat races and 130 jump races.
Pat’s career highlights include riding a double at Ascot, being associated with the good horse, Ballincurra Lad, winning the Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year and being a three times member of the Irish Jockey’s team.
Since retiring from race riding, Pat has worked for several of the top trainers continuing to bring-on youngsters into full training or as a work rider. He has gained valuable experience in the UK, Ireland and the USA.
Before taking out his training licence he continued as a work rider, whilst also breaking and bringing on young horses ready to go into full training
At the age of 45, he had a brief return to race riding in 2007, riding in a couple of bumpers before finally hanging up his boots
In 2007, he also completed his trainer’s course at The British Racing School prior to taking out a combined licence in 2008.   Within the first couple of months of training he had trained three winners and several placed horses.
Report guinness2dear August 4, 2010 10:58 PM BST
I remember him winning on Atherstone for Noel Meade [:D]
Report Hayden August 4, 2010 10:59 PM BST
Maghull Novice Chase @ Aintree

1985     Pan Arctic     6     Philip Hobbs     Tom Bill
Report kabcast August 4, 2010 11:01 PM BST
Thanks for answers lads off to kip now.
Report Brodie August 4, 2010 11:04 PM BST
Sean Fox - Ice Saint
Report Anaglogs Daughter August 4, 2010 11:05 PM BST
Michael Purcell on Laetitia LaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report Anaglogs Daughter August 4, 2010 11:12 PM BST
AMATEUR jockey Michael Purcell was yesterday banned for 50 days and fined E2,000 - a record suspension and unprecedented financial penalty for an amateur rider - at Cork under the non-trier rule, writes Brian Fleming. Purcell, a Limerick-based auctioneer, was hammered under Rule 212 for not attaining the best possible placing on Laetitia, who was runner up behind her Charles Byrnes trained stablemate Alpha Royale in the first division of the bumper.

Laetitia went down by a length to her stablemate, who started at 7-1 after being well supported, but at one point had looked certain to wear down the eventual winner.

After a 75-minute stewards' inquiry, Purcell's mount was banned from racing for 60 days, but Byrnes escaped any penalty after giving his evidence, having claimed he was not satisfied with Purcell's ride. His explanation was noted by the stewards.

Tipperary-born Purcell, 28, who didn't ride in the second division of the bumper after claiming to be dehydrated said in his defence: ``I'm totally unfit, to be honest, and got unbalanced in the closing stages.

``I'm an office man and only ride about once a fortnight

Even when I gave my mount a slap, I actually missed. I just wasn't up to it.''

His comments would have fallen on deaf ears of the punters who had backed the five-year-old, who started at 14-1.

On returning to the winner's enclosure, the jockey was booed by many racegoers.

Purcell was also the subject of several critical emails sent to At The Races At The Races who broadcast the race live.
Report JustinDaffodil August 4, 2010 11:18 PM BST
Kerrin McEvoy - Echo Of Light.
Report dewey August 4, 2010 11:19 PM BST
Simon Burrough - Just So
Report JustinDaffodil August 4, 2010 11:23 PM BST
Jamie Spencer - Powerscourt.
Report AussiInUK August 5, 2010 12:02 AM BST
I have the granddaddy of them all, noone can beat this.

Anthony Knott -
Report AussiInUK August 5, 2010 12:03 AM BST
Wise men say
Report paddyirishman August 5, 2010 12:04 AM BST
brian o conell dunguib
Report Slippy Blue August 5, 2010 12:06 AM BST
Pizarro was a truly diabolical decision. The roar went up in the ring when the result stood. A truly horrendous decision.
Report ima_mazed66 August 5, 2010 1:03 AM BST
Jamie Spencer rode Pizarro and it should have been thrown out and apparently he was in a rush to get away to fly to Dubai.

Mark Pitman on Garrison Savannah in the 1991 Gold Cup.....although the ride on him in the Grand National that year was quite memorable too I suppose.

Jason Titley on Royal Athlete in the 1995 Grand National the year Jenny Pitman had 6 runners in the race being Garrison Savannah, Superior Finish, Do Be Brief, Esha Ness and Lusty Light, with Lusty Light being her shortest priced one falling at the first fence!
Report Shalimah August 5, 2010 9:28 AM BST
Paddy Broderick = Night Nurse

David Goulding = Eckbalco

P.Enniss = Slippery Dick
Report richardf August 5, 2010 9:33 AM BST
John Thorne - Spartan Missile
Report richardf August 5, 2010 9:33 AM BST
..........not for one horse, but felt this should be added!

Beltran de Osorio y Diez de Rivera, the “Iron” Duke of Albuquerque (1919-1994), was a Spanish aristocrat obsessed with horse-racing. After receiving a film of the Grand National as a gift for his eighth birthday, the Corinthian Duke set his sight on England’s greatest equestrian prize: “I said then that I would win that race one day,” he later recalled. He nearly died trying.

The amateur jockey entered the National seven times with impressively consistent results. Generally he would start with the others, gallop briefly and then wake up in the Royal Liverpool Infirmary (where apparently he always booked a private room when he rode in the race). Each year, Peter O’Sullevan would gravely intone: “And the Duke of Albuquerque’s gone”. On his first attempt in 1952, he fell from his horse at the sixth fence, nearly broke his neck and woke up later in hospital with a cracked vertebra. He tried to win again in 1963, and fell from his horse yet again, this time at the fourth fence. Undeterred, he returned in 1965 but again fell from his horse after it collapsed underneath him, breaking his leg. His ineptitude was so apparent that in 1963 bookies even offered odds of 66-1 – against him even finishing the race atop his horse! He returned in 1973 when his stirrup broke, although he clung on for eight fences before being sent into inevitable orbit. In 1974, after having sixteen screws removed from a leg he had broken after falling in another race, he also fell while training for the Grand National and broke his collarbone. Nevertheless, he then competed in a plaster cast, this time actually managing to finish the race for the only time in his splendid career, but only in eighth (and last) place aboard Nereo: “I sat like sack of potatoes and gave the horse no help” he said after the race. One anecdote from this race is that he barged into Ron Barry at second Canal Turn; Barry said “What the f*** are you doing?”, to which he replied: “My dear chap I haven’t a clue…I’ve never got this far before!” In 1976, he sustained his most serious injuries after being trampled in a race by several other horses. He suffered seven broken ribs, several fractured vertebrae, a broken wrist and thigh, and a major concussion, and was in a coma for two days. After recovering he announced, at the age of 57, that he planned to race yet again. Race organizers wisely revoked his license “for his own safety”. It has later been said that the Duque was not so bad after all -to finish eighth at the Grand National whilst in a cast is a formidable feat. However, his ability to command good quality horses owing to his wealth must have grated against professional jockeys, who have to compete against one another for the opportunity.
Report pauli August 5, 2010 12:49 PM BST
Mr John Lawrence (The Noble Lord) - Taxidermist - 1958 Whitbread.
Report educator August 5, 2010 12:56 PM BST
cheers richard ... funny read
Report celticfc123 August 5, 2010 12:58 PM BST
jason behan-casela park 350 newcastle
Report WHOKNOWSTHEBOWLER August 5, 2010 12:59 PM BST
Jamie Spencer - Hayley Turner
Emma Spencer - Newmarket
Report KING OF HULL August 5, 2010 1:02 PM BST
Calvin Borel on Mine that bird this is a must see on YU tube for anyone yet to see it. Truly awesome viewing.
Report WHOKNOWSTHEBOWLER August 5, 2010 1:02 PM BST
On a serious note....
Dandy Nicholls - Soba  Stewards Cup.  Everyone said you had to be drawn 25-30. They all went middle to far rail. Dandy bounced the old mare out from Stall 1, stuck like glue to the near rail and bolted up.
An astonishing performance by a  fairytale mare....I miss her!
Report poland August 5, 2010 1:04 PM BST
Latalomne and Vinnie Keane (twice) when in contention in the Champion Chase, beating the ground in frustration and in tears afterwards.
Report pauli August 5, 2010 1:05 PM BST
I remember it well WHOKNOWS.  What a mare she was.
Report celticfc123 August 5, 2010 1:06 PM BST
calvin borels ride was pure genius
Report mginvest August 5, 2010 1:25 PM BST
Darren Williams - Legal Set - Dec 2002 Lingfield

Great stopping ride. Could have got a bus through the gap that appeared on the rail but he sat still cr@pping himself that the horse might carry him through it and win. Everyone involved a disgrace.
Report joevalue147 January 31, 2019 11:40 PM GMT
Legal Set got landed with a fair few characters on his back throughout his career.
Report salmon spray February 1, 2019 11:56 AM GMT
Frank Hayes - Sweet Kiss
His only winner and just about the most bizarre racing story I have come across,and there are a few.
Report stewarty b February 1, 2019 12:09 PM GMT
Dettori on Fantastic Light in The Irish Champion Stakes.
Report Johnny_Mustang February 1, 2019 12:35 PM GMT
Is this the market without Arazi and Pat Valenzuela?
Report posy February 1, 2019 1:07 PM GMT
A recent contender is Padraig Beggy on the 2017 Derby winner Wings of Eagles
Report 1830 February 1, 2019 1:08 PM GMT
The Duke of Albuquerque
Grey Sombrero
(Grand National)
Report penzance February 1, 2019 1:18 PM GMT
Dermot Browne
Brownes Gazette
Report hunt lunt and cunningham February 1, 2019 1:56 PM GMT
Anyone here remember Hill House and Josh Gifford winning the Schweppes in 1967 and being booed even before jumping the last. Never heard so much booing in an unsaddling enclose after a race. Later it was found that the horse could really "dope itself"
Report Northofperth February 1, 2019 2:20 PM GMT
Miss Doreen Calder = Flying Ace . Managed 50 wins , mostly P T P races . But still a great achievement .
Andy Thornton = Kingscliff at Ascot when the steering went , the horse really helped him out .
Report acey deucy February 1, 2019 2:30 PM GMT
Mike Smith in The Breeders Cup on Zenyatta what a fackin shocker...No wonder he broke down in tears at the Press Conference saying he was to blame.....No doubt the worstest Big Race ride you will ever see.
Report fckewe February 1, 2019 2:34 PM GMT
Declan Murphy - Jibereen
Report Twoboyz February 1, 2019 2:39 PM GMT
Steve wynne - Suluk
Report posy February 1, 2019 4:09 PM GMT
I well remember Hill House and was at Sandown to see him run unplaced the previous Saturday. The booing at Newbury whilst unedifying to listen to was (50 years on) justified.
Report dunlaying February 1, 2019 4:13 PM GMT
The lad that rode Santa Claus in the Irish Derby .
Report duffy February 1, 2019 4:19 PM GMT
Barzalona - Pour Moi
Report 1st time poster February 1, 2019 4:26 PM GMT
STRANGE FOR A JOCK Who,s rode 100,s of winmners to remember one stand out but jonjo on dawn run must be one
francome on sea pigeon
Report 1830 February 1, 2019 4:29 PM GMT
Graham Bradley
Robin Goodfellow
Report 1st time poster February 1, 2019 4:32 PM GMT
reading the thread title, that's Bradley out been put up twice on different rides, LaughLaugh
Report SteelCurtain February 1, 2019 4:36 PM GMT
frank arrowsmith on lochsong ayr gold cup
Report blackbarn February 1, 2019 4:38 PM GMT
1830 - Take more water with it!

"The Duke of Albuquerque
Grey Sombrero
(Grand National)"
Report fckewe February 1, 2019 4:41 PM GMT
Willie twiston davies - baby run at chelts, a shocking omission!
Report Reynard February 1, 2019 4:57 PM GMT
Tom Queally - Not one ride , several rides .............. but the one horse Cool
Report 1st time poster February 1, 2019 4:59 PM GMT
queaky,frankel reminds me of Jason weaver,master bailys derby ,for a few fleeting seconds, Sad
Report duffy February 1, 2019 5:02 PM GMT
Bradley good Morley street at liverpool
Bradley bad Man Mood
Report penzance February 1, 2019 5:21 PM GMT
Jane Mangan
Oscar Delta
Report onlooker February 1, 2019 5:56 PM GMT
The Belgian woman - on that screaming NON-Trier

Sacha Stappaerts the owner,trainer & jockey of Eastern Warrior has been banned from racing for 5 years and fined 10,000 for this ride.The horse has been banned for 3 years.

Grey with Maroon sleeves, Cap ... Taking a pull, most of the way around - and strangling it up the straight.
Report acey deucy February 1, 2019 6:13 PM GMT
Report koikeeper February 1, 2019 6:24 PM GMT
Anthony knott on wise men say..
Report sewter lives again February 1, 2019 6:49 PM GMT
Report the bloob February 1, 2019 7:05 PM GMT
the jockey on Zenyatta in her last race, the Breeders Cup Classic, I forget the name of the jockey, Mike Smith I think

an absolute shocker!
Report acey deucy February 1, 2019 7:11 PM GMT
Would't be Mike Smith would it bloob? Plain
Report GEORGE.B February 1, 2019 10:17 PM GMT
This has got to be one of the spookiest threads of all time given the thread title, cuz just under 4 hours after the thread had been started, would be a ride that would result in a jockey receiving one of the heftiest disqualifications ever to be dished out for a non-jigger, particularly as I think I'm right in saying there was no evidence of the connections having laid the horse.

The ride was referred to twice on this thread at the time, though doubt anyone expected the jock to receive the punishment he did a couple of months later, and some jocks might have got off with 14 days for failing to take all permissable measures, however, the BHA disqualified Jason Behan for 3 years for his ride on Casela Park.
Report glentoby February 1, 2019 10:19 PM GMT
Frank hold up ride he ever gave a horse without getting there too late!!!Laugh
Report gmt February 12, 2019 3:46 PM GMT
Move off 1977 Ebor - Jimmy Bleasdale
Report DenzilPenberthy February 12, 2019 5:17 PM GMT
J Ben Hur Jerusalem?
Spencer on Hawk Wing always comes to mind,I blame him entirely for getting that horse a run in the derby which was painful viewing that wouldn't have happened had he won the Guineas and that shytehawk Ferguson wouldn't have mopped up all those easy mile G1's.
Report Alices February 12, 2019 5:49 PM GMT
Duke of Alberquerqe wasn't on Grey Sombrero, it was Bill Shoemark, Kieren and Conor's grandad, the Duke was on Nereo
Report blackbarn February 12, 2019 6:16 PM GMT
Alices - I knew that, it was 18.30 that didntCool   Posts on 1st Feb at 13.08 and 16.38 referWink
Report EVILROYSLADE February 12, 2019 6:36 PM GMT
Luke Harvey, Country Member!
Report Alices February 12, 2019 6:42 PM GMT
I only read 1830s post after I saw yours Blackbarn, apologies
Report no-won-sun February 12, 2019 10:53 PM GMT
Just reading this thread, some of you mentioned George Mernagh, I remember him riding as an amateur on the point to point circuit before heading to England. He died about 5 years ago if memory serves.
As for Pat Leech, if I'm correct there were two Pat Leech's. One of them rode for Martin Pipe when he started training and won the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham 66/1. One of them may have spelt his name Leach but the guy who rode for Martin Pipe was not the fellow who rode for Noel Meade as far as I remember.
Hard to get info on Racing Post it only goes back so far and even at that I have come across jockeys and trainers who have namesakes and as a result their records are all contorted.
Report blackbarn February 13, 2019 9:10 AM GMT
The jockey who rode Baron Blakeney in the Triumph was Paul Leach.  Jockeypedia is usually a good source for this kind of info but he is not mentioned (George hasn't got round to including everyone!!)  There is a John Leech on there who rode in the north of england and in Foinavons National.
Report ribero1 February 13, 2019 9:45 AM GMT
Ritchie Mclernon- Sunyhillboy.
Report no-won-sun February 13, 2019 8:23 PM GMT
Well Paul Leach was the jockey who rode for Baron Blakeney for Martin Pipe and may have been his stable jock for a while in the early days. He is not to be confused with Pat "Shorty" leech who rode for Noel Meade mentioned above.
John(ny) Leech was a jockey I remember back in the '60's way before the other lads.
Report blackbarn February 13, 2019 8:37 PM GMT
Glad to have been of assistanceWink
Report glentoby February 13, 2019 9:03 PM GMT
Did anyone mention Dick Francis? If not why not the most famous of all.

Failing that here is one remembered for ONLY one race Dr Davey Jones,Ling 1996 formerly of the Monkees.

What about Ridley Lamb......Gold Cup 1987.......then a cold harbour sadly?  (The Thinker 9/1,unp fav Forgive N Forget)
Report Deptford February 13, 2019 9:08 PM GMT
Brod Munro Wilson, The Drunken Duck
Report Fashion Fever February 13, 2019 9:17 PM GMT
dig past at lingfield Davy Jones 1996
Report glentoby February 13, 2019 9:30 PM GMT
Thats the one FF,remember sitting in a bar that day looking at the RP.My said "I wonder if that is Davey Jones the Monkee"  He remembered him being an apprentice,we had a bet but not until after the race did we realise it was he.

The Doctorate was honorary.
Report N-east Correspondent February 13, 2019 10:22 PM GMT
Padraig Beggy  - Wings of Eagles surely the least celebrated derby winner in recent times
tmust have been a quiet plane ride back to ireland that night
Report screaming from beneaththewaves February 13, 2019 10:45 PM GMT
JD Smith - Lakatoi at Beverley

Tony Charlton - Amantiss at Devon & Exeter
Report themightymac February 14, 2019 1:36 AM GMT
The one that springs to my mind but surprisingly hasn`t been mentioned is:

Report themightymac February 14, 2019 1:44 AM GMT
And another stonewaller must be:

Capt. Martin Beecher on Conrad (1839 Grand National)
Report themightymac February 14, 2019 1:45 AM GMT
And the guy that rode Willie Wumpkins at Cheltenham but I can`t remember his name Crazy
Report hunt lunt and cunningham February 14, 2019 7:54 AM GMT
That was Jim Wilson who rode him 3 times. Pat colville won on him in 1973
Report sonofshinner February 14, 2019 8:16 AM GMT
Lady Godiva.
Report February 14, 2019 8:29 AM GMT
greville starkey
Report QueueCard February 15, 2019 8:50 AM GMT
Mattie Batchelor, Carruthers Hennessey
Report mcgill February 15, 2019 11:47 AM GMT
boots madden golden cygnet
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