Famous Lightweight Jockeys., Daily Racing Form, 1908-04-26


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FAMOUS LIGHTWEIGHT JOCKEYS TIiortnanby In the London Sportsman gossip Ing of lightweight riders of fame says Little Kitchener Lord George Rent lucks famous featherweight jockey wan of course the lightest professional that ever figured in pigskin nnd it 1 remember rightly he could ride at tifty jone pounds George Fordham in his early days rude however nearly as light He made hi first mark by winning tho Cambridgeshire of 1852 OH Little David for Mr Smith against a fluid of thirtynine riding at tho extraordinarily light weight of fifty Xour pounds Georges mount stood at 33 to 1 on oniptartlug iptartlug and carried eighty pounds but there were certain keeneyed sporting men present who were so taken with the IK VR form and the way ho sat satvhls vhls horse that they backed him to win And he not lonlv won lint Little David rim right away with klni Into the town before he could be stopped It was a great triumph for the youngster but buthis his master thought he was sufficiently rewarded by a present of a bible and a gold beaded whip Ou the whip was engraved Honesty Is the best policy and to that motto George kept sternly true all through his long and splendid career as a jockey jockeyTwo Two years later In 1S54 Pordham won the I Chester Cup ou Captain Douglas Lanes Epami noiulas against twentylive starters at sixtysix pounds and it was his riding on that occasion that drew from the great bookmaker Leviathan Davies the remark that lad is the best lightweight I have ever seen Prank Buckle is said to have ridden under tiftysix pounds when he commenced his career In the Hon Richard Vernons stable and the clever Sam Chifney who could ride 108 pounds to the last days of his life is said to have ridden under fiftysix pounds when a lad Fred Archer on the other hand never rode lighter than seventy seven pounds at which figure lie won the Cesare witch of 1S72 on Mr J Radcllfls Salvanos

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