The Late Fred Archer - Lord Falmouth - 21

Fred boasted a remarkable record of riding 2748 winners from 8084 rides between 1869 and 1886. During this period he was champion jockey for thirteen consecutive years from 1874 to 1886. He rode his first winner in a steeplechase at Bangor at just twelve years of age and weighing just 4st 11lB. In all he rode twenty one classic winners, including five Derbys. His Derby winners came aboard Silvio (1877), Bend Or (1880), Iroquois (1881), Melton (1885) and finally Ormonde (1886). He had a well earned reputation for being completely ruthless. Indeed on one occasion he landed his brother over the running rail.

Like a lot of jockeys before and after Fred fought a desperate battle against the scales. A final wasting took place before the Cambridgeshire of 1886. This wasting was to bring on a fever and in state of depression and delirium he shot himself. When you consider that he was still at the height of his riding prowess, who knows what further victories he would have gone on to achieve


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