No, not that 1966-and-all-that Alan Ball, but Alan Ball the Shropshire jockey who was under the wing of the legendary Sir Gordon Richards
. And the 18-year-old from Ketley scored his first win against the odds, left breathless after comical scenes which had seen him chasing after his colt Dinzeo on foot after it threw him and bolted before the start of the race.
1954: Sir Gordon Richards
, champion English jockey, retired after 4,869 wins.
ON January 14, 1938, the trawler the Gordon Richards
was lost at sea during extreme weather off Fastnet near Ireland.
SOME years ago now, at a Chepstow Racecourse press luncheon held in honour of legendary jockey Sir Gordon Richards
, I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to the great man.
became the first jockey to be knighted.
Frankel's brother Noble Mission (4-1) made all for a nine-length victory in the Group 3 Gordon Richards
Stakes, while Tullius took the Group 2 bet365 Mile for Andrew Balding and Jimmy Fortune at 9-2.
John Gordon Richards
was days away from his 82nd birthday when he died in George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, after a long illness.
Other club times: Gordon Richards
3:11:12, Gary Dack 3:30:50, John Bentley 3:57:56, Fiona Sharpe 4:12:37,Craig Duff 4:14:29, James McGhee 4:22:37 (running in fancy dress), 8th John Mulligan 6:36:15 (over 70).
1954: Gordon Richards
rode his last mount at Sandown - the 21,834th of his nearly 34-year-long career.
Trainer Roger Teal has entered him for Saturday's bet365 Gordon Richards
Stakes, which is set to feature last year's Derby second Tartan Bearer, but has yet to make a definite decision on his participation.
Dobbin, who started with Jonjo O'Neill when he first came over from Ireland, had a spell with Martin Barnes before joining the late Gordon Richards
Weightless caused something of an upset in the other big Flat race on the card - the Gordon Richards
- when bolting home under Johnny Murtagh.