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Jarvis, John Layton (Sir) (1887 - 1968)

Trainer (T),  Jockey (J)

Also Known As:  Jack Jarvis

Associated Places:  Park Lodge, Newmarket; Waterwitch House, Newmarket; Warren House, Newmarket


Son of the Royal trainer William Jarvis, Jack Jarvis rode under both rules for six years, and won the 1903 Cambridgeshire on Hackler's Pride (over whom the Druid's Lodge Confederacy won a huge sum). For five years he was assistant trainer to his father at Waterwitch House, Newmarket, and then acted as private trainer to Mr A E Burton at Warren House, Newmarket. He resumed training after the War in 1919 at Park Lodge, with two important owners, Sir William Cooke and Sir George Bullough. His handling of the latter's Golden Myth secured him a top rank in his profession. He had a long association with Lord Rosebery and Lord Rosebery's heir Lord Dalmeny. Golden Myth, Ellangowan, Plack and most of his other winners were ridden by the stable jockey Edward Elliott (Charlie Elliott). The horse he considered his best was Blue Peter, winner of the Derby and 2000 Guineas in 1939. He might have won the Triple Crown had not the St Leger been abandoned due to the outbreak of war.

Jack Jarvis married Ethel Leader in 1914; she was the daughter of Thomas Leader and the sister of four Newmarket trainers. He was himself Champion Trainer three times. His horses were fit and never wrapped in cotton wool. Jack Jarvis was knighted in 1967 for his services to horseracing.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Ellangowan   1923   (T)
Flamingo   1928   (T)
Blue Peter   1939   (T)
1000 Guineas
Plack   1924   (T)
Campanula   1934   (T)
Happy Laughter   1953   (T)
Blue Peter   1939   (T)
Ocean Swell   1944   (T)
St Leger
Sandwich   1931   (T)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Ascot Gold Cup  Golden Myth   1922   (T)
Eclipse Stakes, Sandown  Golden Myth   1922   (T)

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