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Dillon, Bernard (1887 - 1941)

Jockey (J)

Also Known As:  Ben Dillon; Butcher Ben

Associated Places:  Druid's Lodge, Wilts

Description:

Bernard Dillon, born in Tralee, Ireland, came over to ride for the Druid's Lodge stable of Jack Fallon at the age of 14. His elder brother Joe was already apprenticed to Captain Purefoy. It obviously suited the Confederates to employ unknowns such as the Dillons, rather than established jockeys whose form was already recognised. Bernard's first coup for them was with Ypsilanti in the Kempton Park Jubilee Handicap which netted the confederates todays equivalent of many millions of pounds. The following year, his win of the Cambridgeshire on Hackler's Pride was another great success for them.

After leaving Druid's Lodge, Dillon had a few years at the top of his profession, during which he won the 1000 Guineas twice and the Derby, and rode Pretty Polly to her last four victories. His Classic wins came for outside stables and one year after his Derby success he hung up his boots, having been warned off by the Jockey Club for betting.

Dillon was the third husband of the music-hall performer Marie Lloyd, who could match her husband's ability to spend money; when she died in 1922 the couple were living in a house provided by her sisters. Dillon died in 1941 at the age of 54, having become a night porter at South Africa House in Trafalgar Square.

Important successes:

1000 Guineas
Flair   1906   (J)
Electra   1909   (J)
Derby
Lemberg   1910   (J)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Eclipse Stakes  Lally   1907   (J)
 

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