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Foaled: 1907    Died: 1928
Sire: John O'Gaunt    Dam: Canterbury Pilgrim
Dam Sire: Tristan    Sex: Horse
Colour: Brown   


16th Earl of Derby


Hon George Lambton


17th Earl of Derby
16th Earl of Derby
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

St Leger
1910  Frank Wootton
Other major race(s)
(featuring people in this database)
1911  Eclipse Stakes, Sandown Park,   Frank Wootton


Swynford was the best horse to race for the 17th Earl of Derby and, according to George Lambton, was far and away the best horse that he ever trained. But it was some time before he showed it. He was a plain yearling, 'all legs and wings' according to Lambton, but an equable horse to deal with. Swynford ran out of steam in his only race as a two-year-old and showed nothing much in his work at three until just over a week before the Derby. He took his chance in this race in which he finished unplaced and received a badly skinned hock. With the weights in his favour he won a race at Royal Ascot and then the Liverpool Summer Cup by ten lengths. In the St Leger he just squeaked home, not getting much help from his featherweight jockey.

As a four year old Swynford won the Princess of Wales's Stakes and the Eclipse. He was being trained for the Jockey Club Stakes in September when he smashed up his fetlock, but was saved for stud. There he was a success and was champion sire in 1923. He got six Classic winners and the great sire Blandford, although it has been said that he was the source of weak bones and soft tendons.
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