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Gurry, Martin (1842 - 1923)

Trainer (T)

Associated Places:  Abington Place, Newmarket


Martin Gurry was one-time private trainer to the notorious George Alexander Baird until the latter's louche behaviour became more than he could stand. He has gone down in history as the trainer of Baird's Derby winner Merry Hampton although he had only been associated with the colt a few days before the big race, Baird having earlier removed his horses due to an argument.

Other good animals trained by Gurry included the Oaks winner La Sagesse, and The Bard, a small chesnut who won sixteen races as a two-year-old and was runner up to the great Ormonde in the Derby.

Born in Nottingham, Gurry was apprenticed to William Oates at Middleham, then went to C Winteringham and James Watson before riding on the flat for a couple of years. He then became head lad to Robert Peck at Russley Park, becoming the latter's private trainer at Park Lodge, Newmarket. At the end of the 1886 season he became private trainer to Baird (who raced as Mr Abington) but the relationship broke down and Gurry took his owner to court to get his severence pay - with which he built a stable which he called Abington Place, completed in 1890. Here he trained until he retired in 1917. He then turned to the breeding of pigs.

Important successes:

Merry Hampton   1887   (T)
La Sagesse   1895   (T)

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