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Childs, Joseph (1884 - 1958)

Joseph Childs
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Also Known As:  Joe

Associated Places:  Phantom House, Newmarket


Joe Childs was born in Chantilly, the racing head-quarters of France. He was apprenticed to Tom Jennings Jnr at Phantom House, Newmarket, and rode his first winner at Lincoln at the age of 16. Spells riding in France followed, then in Germany, where he began his association with Frederick Darling, at that time training there. At the start of the War he returned to England. During the War, he had regular leave from the 4th Hussars to race ride, and in return in 1918 he gave all his riding fees to regimental funds - including those for Gainsborough's Triple Crown glory. He continued to ride for Alec Taylor's Manton yard. He became first jockey to King George V in 1925, riding for him and his trainer William Rose Jarvis until 1935.

Childs was a great exponent of winning races with a well-timed rush and so it went completely against the grain to ride Coronach in the 1926 Derby at a flat-out pace from start to finish. "The bastard ran away with me" was his post-race quote. In all, he achieved 15 Classic wins.

Joe Childs had four brothers, also jockeys.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Gainsborough   1918   (J)
Cameronian   1931   (J)
Cameronian   1931   (J)
1000 Guineas
Scuttle   1928   (J)
Brown Betty   1933   (J)
Brown Betty   1933   (J)
Fifinella   1916   (J)
Gainsborough   1918   (J)
Coronach   1926   (J)
Mirska   1912   (J)
Fifinella   1916   (J)
Bayuda   1919   (J)
Love in Idleness   1921   (J)
St Leger
Gainsborough   1918   (J)
Polemarch   1921   (J)
Solario   1925   (J)
Coronach   1926   (J)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Ascot Gold Cup  Gainsborough   1918   (J)
Eclipse Stakes  Buchan   1919   (J)
Champagne Stakes, Doncaster  Golden Corn   1921   (J)
July Cup  Golden Corn   1923   (J)
Eclipse Stakes  Coronach   1926   (J)
Ascot Gold Cup  Solario   1926   (J)
Coronation Cup, Epsom  Solario   1926   (J)
Ribblesdale Stakes, Royal Ascot  Sir Cosmo   1929   (J)
Ascot Gold Cup  Trimdon   1931   (J)
Cheveley Park Stakes  Brown Betty   1932   (J)
Ascot Gold Cup  Trimdon   1932   (J)

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