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Archer, Frederick James [Fred] (1857–1886), jockey, born at St George's Cottage, Cheltenham, on 11 January 1857, was the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of William Archer, a steeplechase jockey who won the 1858 Grand National and who later became landlord of the ...

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Frederick James Archer (1857–1886) by H. R. Sherborn ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Martin William Becher [Captain Becher] (1797–1864) by Bryan Edward Duppa, c. 1840s ? Copyright The British Museum

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Becher, Martin William [known as Captain Becher] (1797–1864), jockey, born on 18 May 1797, possibly at Hillington, near King's Lynn, was the son of William Becher (d. 1816), an army man turned Norfolk farmer and horse-dealer. He secured a position in the ...

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Buckle, Francis [Frank] (c. 1770–1832), jockey, was born at Newmarket, where his father was a saddler, and was apprenticed to Lord Grosvenor's horse-racing establishment, one of the most lavish at the sport's headquarters. Among his earliest major successes was victory in the 1792 Derby on a Scottish horse paradoxically named John Bull. In all he was to win twenty-seven classic races, including some notable doubles. His dual successes on Champion in the ...

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Thomas Cannon (1846–1917) by Bassano, 1895 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cannon, Thomas [Tom] (1846–1917), jockey and racehorse trainer, the elder son of Thomas H. Cannon, a Windsor livery stable keeper, and his wife, Harriett Townsend, was born on 23 April 1846 in Eton, where his father later kept the George Hotel. At the age of thirteen he was apprenticed to a ...

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Samuel Chiffney (1753/44–1807) by George Stubbs, 1791 [Baronet with Sam Chiffney up] private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Chiffney, Samuel (1753/4–1807), jockey, was born in Norfolk; details of his parents and childhood are unknown. He started working in 1770 at Foxe's stables at Newmarket where he acquired an expertise in riding and training horses, the latter skill from Richard Prince, training groom to ...

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Custance, Henry (1842–1908), jockey, born at Peterborough on 27 February 1842, was the son of Samuel Custance, a postboy, and his wife, Elizabeth Carpenter. Devoted from childhood to horses and to riding, he rode at thirteen in a pony race at Ramsey in ...

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Day, John Barham (1793–1860), jockey and racehorse trainer, was born at Houghton Down, Hampshire, on 27 October 1793, the son of John Day, a local trainer and racing adviser to George, prince of Wales, and his wife, Alnn (1775-1844), daughter of a ...

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Donoghue, Stephen (1884–1945), jockey and racehorse trainer, was born on 8 November 1884 at Aikin Street, Warrington, Lancashire, the eldest son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Patrick Donoghue (1862–1936), an iron puddler at the steel-wire works of Pearson and Knowles...

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Stephen Donoghue (1884–1945) by Bassano, 1920 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elnathan Flatman (1810–1860) by Harry Hall National Horseracing Museum

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Flatman, Elnathan [Nat] (1810–1860), jockey, was born at Holton St Peter in Suffolk, where he was baptized on 9 September 1810, the son of Edward Flatman, a small farmer, and his wife, Biddy. After attending a local school, in 1825 he walked with a small bundle to ...

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Fordham, George (1837–1887), jockey, son of James Fordham, was born at Cambridge on 24 September 1837. He was apprenticed to Richard Drewitt, for whom his uncle was travelling head lad, and went from Middleham, Yorkshire, to Lewes, Sussex, when Drewitt moved south. He had his first mount at the age of thirteen, at ...