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Archibald, George William (1890 - 1927)

Jockey (J)

Associated Places:  Clarehaven Stables, Newmarket


George Archibald, born in San Francisco, was a successful rider in the US, winning the Kentucky Derby of 1911 on Meridian. He was also a Champion Jockey in Germany where he rode for the powerful Baron Simon Alfred Oppenheim's Schlenderhan stable. He won the 1913 German 2000 Guineas and German St Leger on Orchidee II and the 1914 German Oaks on Ariel. World War I caught up with Archibald and he was interned in Austria but subsequently released through diplomatic channels whereupon he plied his trade on the snow in Switzerland to outride all the locals.

Archibald came to England in 1922 to take up a retainer with Peter Gilpin at Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket. He had a dream start to the season, winning the 2000 Guineas with St Louis. His other good mounts included that year's leading 2 year old, Town Guard, and the Irish Derby winner, Spike Island. Further big winners in his career included Rose Prince, a last minute mount in the Cesarewitch, and a dead-heat in the Irish Derby aboard Zodiac in 1924, his winningmost year. But Archibald's career and life were short lived. This fine rider was forced into constant wasting and he spent the winter of 1926 riding in India and trying to bring his weight down enough to ride the horses of Sir Abe Bailey. On the first day of the 1927 Craven Meeting at Newmarket he rode 5 horses, 4 of them for his new patron. By the time of the second race he had severe stomach pain but soldiered on. He died at home later that day.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
St Louis   1922   (J)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Nunthorpe Stakes, York,  Mumtaz Mahal   1924   (J)

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