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Donoghue, Stephen (1884 - 1945)

Stephen Donoghue
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Breeder (B),  Trainer (T),  Jockey (J)

Also Known As:  Steve Donoghue

Associated Places:  Warrington, Lancs,Kingsclere,Stockbridge, Hants


In the 1920s the familiar shout on the racecourse was 'Come on Steve' as British punters urged on their sporting idol. Born in Warrington, Steve Donoghue had his initial rides in France and Ireland. He returned to England with a retainer from Henry Persse's Stockbridge Stable in 1911, and in 1913 he rode The Tetrarch for him. By the end of 1914 he had become Champion Jockey for the first of 10 consecutive occasions.

Donoghue won his first Epsom Derby in 1921, on Humorist (his earlier ones were wartime substitutes held at Newmarket). His immense popularity with the public continued, even after he ceased to be champion jockey, due to his partnership with the stayer Brown Jack, on whom he won many races for Sir Harold Wernher. After his retirement as a jockey, Donoghue became both a trainer and a breeder, but not with marked success.

Donoghue always rode with dash and courage and had magical hands. But best of all he really loved the horses. 'I think of them as my friends, my greatest friends', he said.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Pommern   1915   (J)
Gay Crusader   1917   (J)
Manna   1925   (J)
1000 Guineas
Exhibitionnist   1937   (J)
Pommern   1915   (J)
Gay Crusader   1917   (J)
Humorist   1921   (J)
Captain Cuttle   1922   (J)
Papyrus   1923   (J)
Manna   1925   (J)
My Dear   1918   (J)
Exhibitionnist   1937   (J)
St Leger
Pommern   1915   (J)
Gay Crusader   1917   (J)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Coventry Stakes, Royal Ascot  The Tetrarch   1913   (J)
Champagne Stakes, Doncaster  The Tetrarch   1913   (J)
Middle Park Stakes, Newmarket  Golden Corn   1921   (J)
St James's Palace Stakes  Captain Cuttle   1922   (J)
Chester Vase  Papyrus   1923   (J)
Coronation Cup  Verdict   1924   (J)

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