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Hardy, Francis William (1884 - 1913)

Jockey (J)

Also Known As:  Frank Hardy

Associated Places:  Phantom House, Newmarket


Born in Northampton, Francis Hardy was apprenticed to Newmarket trainer Thomas Jennings (Jnr) at Phantom House Stables in 1901. He rode 29 winners that year, and the following season was chosen by Robert Sievier to ride Sceptre in the Lincolnshire Handicap. Hardy was a small lad and could only finish runner-up but Mr Sievier made a point of going to the wieghing room after the race to thank him for the ride he had given the filly. By the time Sceptre's regular pilot Herbert Randall was out of favour, Frank Hardy was once more in the running for a St Leger partnership, with instructions to beat all three pacemakers in a trial gallop or he would not get the mount. He did, and the pair went on to win the St Leger. At the end of the season Hardy was joint champion apprentice with 74 winners. But his career was compromised by ill-health.

Hardy rode jumpers in France for a while and returned to England in 1913, dying of consumption in September of that year.

Important successes:

St Leger
Sceptre   1902   (J)

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