Tom Cannon - His Own Colors - 31

Thomas Cannon (1846-1917) ' rode his first winner in 1860, and shortly afterwards came to the attention of the trainer, John Day of Danebury, whose daughter he later married. His first classic success was in 1866, when he won the One Thousand Guineas. During his racing career he rode 1,544 winners. He was champion jockey in 1872 with eighty-seven winners. He rode winners for the stable managed by his brother Joseph in Bedford Cottage Yard at Newmarket, including Lord Lonsdales Pilgrimage, on which he won the One Thousand Guineas and Two Thousand Guineas in 1878. He won the Two Thousand Guineas on Shotover for John Porter of Kingsclere in 1882 and on Shotover he won his only Derby, also in 1882. For three seasons he rode for the Scottish millionaire George Baird (Mr Abington), training and riding Busybody. He was closely associated with James Ryans stables at Newmarket, and for Ryan he won the Two Thousand Guineas on Mr Douglas Bairds Enterprise in 1887, and on Enthusiast in 1889.' (DNB).

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