Riding Recollections and Turf Stories

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Arnold, 1894 - Horse racing - 304 pages
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Page 139 - Wells was a very strong man on a horse, and used to lap his long legs round them at a finish." This style of riding has been traditional among jockeys who never heard either of the " high school " or of Baucher. It was taught to me in Ireland more than forty years ago when I was a boy, as the old, orthodox method to follow. One of the first maxims of the high school is that the horse...
Page 80 - Wales" was very abusive, and told them if they "didn't make themselves scarce he would get their heads knocked off." There were a lot of low fighting men, including Bob Travers, the black, about, and matters looked very awkward. Poor
Page 136 - I myself started him in three races at Carlisle on a very hot day in forty minutes, and he rode one winner and two dead-heats. This takes a bit of reckoning up, and also beating. I will explain how it was done. ' Lodore ' and ' Dissenter ' ran a dead-heat on the last day for the last race but one, and everyone was anxious to catch the train ; so we got permission from the stewards to run the deciding heat directly after the last race, and...
Page 136 - Johnnie made the running the last time, and I thought Chandley had got up ; but of course the judge in the box is the only man who can tell on such occasions, especially when horses are running a bit wide. I think this version quite sufficient to prove my argument that my old friend John was anything but worn out, as many people tried to make out, and he proved it afterwards by riding ' Watercress
Page 171 - I think I ought to know the course pretty well. It is very bad, as well as dangerous. What is known as Tattenham Corner is one of the worst bends I ever rode round or saw. It is not only down a very steep incline, but on a side hill, as well as a very sharp turn ; and it is wonderful to me it is not productive of more accidents.
Page 67 - The most extraordinary part of the story is, that on the Friday before the Derby the news arrived at Harpenden Races that ' The Rake ' had broken a blood-vessel. That night I went over to Chantilly to ride in the French Derby, and when I returned to England on the Monday had no idea which horse I was going to steer at Epsom. As each had broken a blood-vessel, I didn't think it mattered much.
Page 115 - Advance,' and Fordham was second, "beaten three lengths," so the judge said. It struck me Fordham didn't exert himself very much in this race, which I attributed to his being rather weak and out of condition. Afterwards I went to him and said : " Why, you didn't have half a go...
Page 252 - Monday side — they ran right into the Pytchley country beyond Rugby. Mr. Tailby's horse was dead beaten when he caught sight of Bailey, who was riding ' Hobgoblin,' and called to him to come and change with him. This was done, and Mr. Tailby was the only man who could get to the finish of the run ; all the other horses were pumped out a long way before the finish.

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