Richards Sets New Riding Mark Formerly Held by Fred Archer: Has Been Astride 2,450 Victorious Mounts During Twenty-Four-Year Period, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-05


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Richards Sets New Riding Mark Formerly Held by Fred Archer Has Been Astride 2450 Victorious Mounts During TwentyFourYear Period PeriodBy By Special Correspondent CorrespondentNEWMARKET NEWMARKET England Easter Mon ¬ day bank holiday April 27 at Windsor will go down as a redletter day in English turf history On that date Gordon Rich ¬ ards this countrys leading jockey rode his 2750th winner breaking the record set by the late Fred Archer who reigned supreme during the period from 1870 to 1886 inclusive inclusiveRichards Richards has been riding 24 years in GreatBritain and has been the leader 15 times while Archer during his 17 years as a knight of the pigskin was the cham ¬ pion rider on 13 occasions This is the second of the late Fred Archers longstanding saddle records that Richards has shattered In 1933 when he booted home 259 winners he put Archers best year 246 winners in 1885 in the shade It also was in 1933 that Richards established another record not only an English achievement but also a world mark of 12 consecutive winners 11 of them at the Chepstow autumn meeting in Wales WalesBut But Richards will have to ride for many another year to equal one record handed down by the late Fred Archer namely that of bringing home in front no less than five winners of the Derby Stakes at Epsom He scored on Silvio 1877 Bend Or 1880 Iroquois the Americanbred in ¬ vader 1881 Melton 1885 and Ormonde 1886 The worlds premier race has yet to Be won by Englands presentday leader leaderVictorious Victorious in Other Classics ClassicsTrue True Richards has been successful in most of the other great races in this coun ¬ try and his classic scores include victories on Pasch 1938 and Big Game 1942 in the Two Thousand Guineas In the sister race the One Thousand Guineas he has a victory on Sun Chariot to his credit last year On the same mare he won the Oaks and St Leger to give him successes in four of the fiVe 1942 classics He also has victories on Rose of England 1930 and TJdaipur 1932 to his credit in the Oaks Stakes and on Singapore 1930 Chulm leigh 1937 and Turkham C1940 in the St Leger LegerBut But Richards four successes in fiveof the classic races last season was equaled as long ago as 1885 by the late Archer who that year was astride Paradox in the Two Thousand Guineas Melton in the Derby and St Leger and Lonely in the Oaks OaksBesides Besides riding five winners of the Derby Stakes Archer chalked up an equal number of successes in the sister classic at Epsom the Oaks Stakes when booting home Spin away 1875 Jannette 1878 Wheel of Fortune 1879 Lonely 1885 and Reve dOr 1887 He won the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster no less than six times astride Silvio 1877 Jannette 1878 Iroquois 1881 Dutch Oven 1882 Melton 1885 and Ormonde 1886 His Two Thousand Guineas scores were achieved with Atlantic 1874 Charibert 1879 Galliard 1883 and Paradox 1885 In the One Thousand Guineas Stakes he had two winning rides on Spinaway 1875 and Wheel of Fortune 1879 to complete an enviable record of classic successes successesArcher Archer during his glorious career as jockey rode 2749 winners On no less than eight occasions he topped the 200 winning mark This in a period of years when Eng land did not boast the same number of meetings and the long season of flat racing that has been the case during the present century Furthermore The Tinman as Archer was commonly called was handi ¬ capped by not being able to go to scale at a lesser weight than 112 pounds during the greater part of his riding career It was that bugbear avoirdupois that caused his early and untimely death deathThe The above references to Archers great achievements are not intended to detract from Richards latest record one that the painstaking capable and honorable horse ¬ man richly deserves During his 24 years as a jockey Gordon Richards never has run afoul of the stewards a further feather in his cap He is a credit to his profession

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