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
Fred Archer, the greatest and most tragic of all the Victorian jockeys, built Pegasus Stables, formerly known as Falmouth Lodge, in 1884. By all accounts, Archer was a rather serious fellow but was revered as the most fearless and powerful jockey of his time. He married Helen Rose Dawson at the age of 25 in 1882, and built Falmouth Lodge and Stables, naming them as a compliment to Viscount Falmouth, who held first claim to his services.
Fate, however, dealt Archer a cruel hand. He remained inconsolable after the death, in childbirth, of his young wife in 1884, and suffered excruciating physical pain by wasting to maintain his racing weight. In spite of this, his riding was as brilliant as ever, but on 8th November 1886 he shot himself in Falmouth House. He was just 29, had been champion jockey 13 times and had ridden five Derby winners.
Jockey Fred Archer monopolised the Richmond Stakes in the first decade it was run. He won the inaugural race on Janette in 1877 and the next four runnings, and completed a sixth victory on Rosy Morn in 1884. He also won the Molecomb Stakes six times between 1877 and 1886 and the Nassau Stakes five times between 1875 and 1885.
At the end of his career as a successful jockey, Fred Barrett, born 1846, (who had won The Derby on Ayrshire in 1888), became a trainer at The Downs Stables c. 1891 - 1899. The Goatcher family was closely related to the Barretts.
Fred Barrett's daughter, Annie, born 1872, eloped one night with her lover. This was via an upper storey window of the Gun Inn. She scrambled down a ladder to where George Clarke a stable lad was waiting for her. Many years later she paid a visit to the inn with her grandson.
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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