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Sir Gordon Richards Remembered at Chepstow

Mon, Aug 21, 2017

The legendary jockey Sir Gordon Richards who in 1933 rode eleven consecutive winners at Chepstow is to be officially remembered by the track’s management. A race is to be named in his honour at the Welsh course on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August.

The two mile race, with prize money of £20,000, will be sponsored by Oakgrove Stud. The stud is located next to the racecourse and its owner John Deer, has owned numerous top class flat horses including Al Kazeem and Avonbridge.

The Sir Gordon Richards story is incredible.

In the autumn of 1933, 29 year old Richards was trying hard to pass Fred Archer’s record of 246 winners in a season, which had stood since 1885. A victory in the last race at Nottingham on Tuesday 3 October took his score to 206 with six weeks of the season left.

Richards came to Chepstow on Wednesday with several fancied mounts, but nobody could have foreseen that he would ride all six winners. Ultimately his supporters had little cause for concern, for he never needed to draw his whip as went through the card.

Crowds flocked to the Welsh track on the Thursday to see the legend, hoping he could ride some more winners. They certainly had excellent value for money that day when the great man unbelievably won another five races.

Richards was already a household name but his twelve winners inspired a song, Well Done Gordon to be composed in his honour, which you can hear on You Tube.

He reached the record total of 259 winners in 1933, a total only ever exceeded on the flat in 1947 and 1949 when he rode 269 and 261 respectively.

He was champion jockey 26 times but success in the Derby eluded him until his 28th attempt, winning on Pinza in Coronation Year, 1953. In the same week as he became the first jockey to be knighted.

Phil Bell, Executive Director, said: “Chepstow’s history is full of memorable performances related to jump racing but we thought it was important to recognise this amazing feat by such a legendary flat jockey.”

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