Noted English Riders Experiences: Charles Trigg Tells About some of His Adventures in England and on the Continent, Daily Racing Form, 1915-07-24


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NOTED ENGLISH RIDERS EXPERIENCES. Charles Trigg Teils About Some of His Adventures in England and on the Continent. There is m more popular Jockej than Charles Trigg, and the reason la btcaaai be never tries to hide his feelings. If he "ins a rare his white teeth gieaai and bis countenance orrraows with happineas. ami the slap he gives to the Berk ef the bone which lias carried him through the urdeal is --i taneons. Tier.- are elements of the theatrical and dramatic ahoal Trigg, bat theee ate ao obviously real and genuine that If an actor tried to reproduce then on the Stage he would Inrlorlouslj tail. Trigg goes throngh life with a suuiiv heart. lie has a combination of Mr. Pickwick and Cbeeribles of Dickons. Riding a race he is a dashing, hell far-leather henensea. Is it yee-lrst ohT-or-la-it-ase sort of thing Then, "Keep yonr ground. It is not im yelling. This your tirst race, knl." and so on. Trigg in a race is a tierce opponent, as t nt- records show, .-mil Trigg is noi the only man thai proves the trabjm that the heal jockey on a race coarse is also the heal fellow in private life. Before he would let himself go in conversation Trigg was a little shy. ami asked: "Is anybody el-e doing this." The answer was to show him a message I had just received from George Graven, the actor: ••Come to Eccentric CInb, 7:30 and talk a bit." The foil. .wing is the story Trigg told me: "I was always keen on horses: liked riding in pony races and show rings. Tin- first time I i ver rode in a pony race was la a match, a mile. We had to go twice around, and I wen. I araa fourteen then. 1 was with a dealer who had some ponies, and we used to go the round of the horse fairs. I rode tile horses up ami down to show them off. We used to go into Wales to buy yearling- sinkers we called them and then travel them from fair to fair. When we sold them they aaed to average from £5 to £18 each. How I get into a racing stable was hi I anal 1 saw an advertisement In The Sportsman for an apprentice, and 1 applied. it was Mr. George Taursbys advertisement, and he asked me to come to Uonidou to see him. and I go| fixed up. I was apprenticed, and served my time. I want to say straight from my heart no lad could wish for a better master than Mr. George Tuuiahy. I had not been in the stable a week before Mr. Thursby had ate riding in trials. "My Hist winner was Aggressor at Lingtiohl. and 1 was the pioiidest man in tin- world. 1 was a bantam-weight. 84 pounds something. I bought I was well, what language is there! A Jockey having just ridden his tirsl winner treads on air. Alter that I bad a bad disappointment. With 28 pounds in hand at Windsor en a marc called Debutante 1 got beat a shirt head, and I was never so downhearted in my life. When I got hone-all the lads chipped me. saying, ■fall yourself a jockey: you ought to he riding in a cart with a pig net over yon. After that 1 went to Wit renter, and rode old Out of Sight when he was a three year el, I. and mm b ■ abort bead. So 1 thought the world of out of Sight, for he was the second start of me. and I have never looked back since. In that year I rode Bo winners as an apprentice." It was at this stage that Trigg broke off to say : "I have already told you bow 1 was riding in Austria w!i, n the war broke out. and bow I got back to Wngland by the aid of a kings meanenger, ami you will use your discretion about referring to this. We were riding at a meeting, and a notice was put up in Herman that there would be no more racing. We bud beard about BOSBe friction with Servia. so we were not altogether surprised. The jockeys wenl to a troting meeting next afternoon just to pass the time. I was riding for Baron Rothschild, ami I got a telegram from the trainer, Racing suspended: will wire you. I began to smell a rat. and said. -I am off. and advised the other ockeys ■ come too. George tieasman said be had C5IMI to collect, and was not coming till he hail got ii. and another jockey said he had a saddle at Alag. and be must go baca and get it. This was at Baden Rades. I popped off to Vienna, and went straight to the Hotel Bristol, becanse I had no money, only a check from Baron Rothschild for £30. They knew me at the Bristol, and I did mil think I was asking much of a favor to ask them at Hie otbee to cash one of Baron Rothschilds checks. Ian lhe said it could not be done, so I ■skeil For the manager, and Ibey said he was in his office, aad 1 walked straight in. He recognised me. and 1 showed him the check, and he said: We .ne not cashing any clicks for anybody. "That." said Trigg, "seemed to put the lid M it. but I said. Yon know tie- Baron, and yon know no. ami it is only £39, and I have a car out here and I really cannot wait. "He ashed I he- check, and I shall never forget his kindness. | bad a car outside, because I bad decided not to trust to trains, and we Joined the express later. It was then I had the supreme luck to full in with the Kings Ilea singer. There waa frontier after frontier to be passed, but 1 foloweil him like a terrier follows his master, and there were papers and papers to be show 11. and. of course. I had none, but they all thought I was connected with him. and I said. Mi von mind, sir; and he said, oyer bis shoulder, as it he- was talking to a porter carrying his luggage, l have not minded anything. and it was ne re the way he said it than anything else which made me stick to him." This froiu Trigg, but the reader will understand the speakers diplomacy, the double meaning, "I have not minded anything." which eaa be construed either as T did not know you were there." or as "1 do nd object to your being there." Trigg lest all his baggage, and for tin- time being the money owed to him, but such things were trifles, and. a- Trigg says, "it is in Austria, not 1,11 many, ami the Anstrians are different. I shall get He- 1 1 1 -. 1 j • v from the Baron all right." I"i igg has ridden in many countries, and has ridden all sorts and conditions of horses, lie has shaken hands with the highest, and also with the lowest. There is not a member of the Jockey Club who would not shake bands with him. and the jockey would offer his hand equally freely in C.yent Garden Market at four oclock in 1 1n- morn lag. This canMH with tmth be written of all Jockeys. lb1 may have made "bis pile." but puts on no "side" with his dress clothes. lie remem bers his old friends: in fact, he is natural and unassuming, aad therefore a gentleman.— "S. A. P." in London Sportsman.

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