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Watts, John (1861 - 1902)

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Also Known As:  Jack Watts

Associated Places:  Lordship Farm, Newmarket; Egerton Stables, Newmarket

Description:

Born at Stockbridge in Hampshire, and apprenticed to Tom Cannon, Jack Watts rode his first winner at the age of 15 in 1880. He approached Richard Marsh the trainer and asked for a job, and Marsh, impressed by the boy's tidy appearance and articulate manner, agreed to take him on. Starting from scratch he worked his way up to be stable jockey. Watts was a natural horseman with a quiet effective style. In his private life he was equally genuine and straight-forward. He retired to train at Newmarket in 1900 but died in 1902, weakened by a lifetime of wasting.

His son John Evelyn Watts had a brief riding career before becoming a trainer, and his grandson John Frederick Watts followed the same calling.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Ladas   1894   (J)
Kirkconnel   1895   (J)
1000 Guineas
Miss Jummy   1886   (J)
Semolina   1890   (J)
Thais   1896   (J)
Chelandry   1897   (J)
Derby
Merry Hampton   1887   (J)
Sainfoin   1890   (J)
Ladas   1894   (J)
Persimmon   1896   (J)
Oaks
Bonny Jean   1883   (J)
Miss Jummy   1886   (J)
Memoir   1890   (J)
Mrs Butterwick   1893   (J)
St Leger
Ossian   1883   (J)
The Lambkin   1884   (J)
Memoir   1890   (J)
La Fleche   1892   (J)
Persimmon   1896   (J)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Ascot Gold Cup  La Fleche   1894   (J)
Ascot Gold Cup  Persimmon   1897   (J)
Prince of Wales's Stakes, Ascot,  Jeddah   1898   (J)
 
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