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

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