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Durham (3rd Earl of) (1855 - 1928)

3rd Earl of   Durham
3rd Earl of Durham
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Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  John George Lambton

Associated Places:  Lambton Castle, Durham; Harraton Court, Exning

Description:

The elder brother of the trainer George Lambton, the 3rd Earl was an energetic and forward-looking member of the Jockey Club. It was in no small part due to him that racing was permitted to continue during World War 1 and that the old flag start was abolished in favour of the starting gate. He was not afraid of doing his duty - he indicted Sir George Chetwynd, a fellow Club member and former Senior Steward, whom he accused of conspiring with the jockey Charles Wood to have horses pulled. When Wood was eventually reinstated, however, Durham gave him his first ride.

Lord Durham bred most of his own horses and had a private stable led by Percy Peck at Harraton Court, Exning. Later he joined Lord Derby's private stable at Stanley House, Newmarket, which was managed by George Lambton. Here Frank Butters trained the Earl's only Classic winner, Beam (1927 Oaks). Having waited almost a lifetime for this win, it is interesting to note the family motto, 'The Day will Come'.

Important successes:

Oaks
Beam   1927   (O)
Beam   1927   (B)
Beam   1927   (B)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Ascot Gold Cup  Trimdon   1931   (B)
Ascot Gold Cup  Trimdon   1932   (B)
 
The Trainer's House, Harraton Stables
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Harraton House Stables
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