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Wood, Charles (1856 - 1945)

Jockey (J)

Associated Places:  Chetwynd House (now Machell Place Stables), Newmarket


Apprenticed to the Newmarket trainer Joseph Dawson at the age of eleven, Charles Wood rode his first winner in 1872. He became a strong and competant lightweight jockey, and was Champion in 1897. His principal employer at the time was Sir George Chetwynd. The pair formed a racing partnership which regularly flouted the rules of the Jockey Club. For instance, Charles Wood actually owned some of the horses he rode (strictly forbidden), and piloted them with an eye on Sir George's wagers. Matters came to a head and led to the owner leaving the Turf and the jockey being warned off. The punishment lasted for ten years, but Wood bounced back, winning the Triple Crown in 1897 on Galtee More. His association with St Simon came about because the colt's regular partner, Frederick Archer, was unable to do the weight.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Galtee More   1897   (J)
1000 Guineas
Elizabeth   1880   (J)
St Marguerite   1882   (J)
Reve d'Or   1887   (J)
St Blaise   1883   (J)
St Gatien   1884   (J)
Galtee More   1897   (J)
Reve d'Or   1887   (J)
St Leger
Galtee More   1897   (J)
Wildfowler   1898   (J)
Wildfowler   1898   (J)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Goodwood Cup  St Simon   1884   (J)
Ascot Gold Cup  St Simon   1884   (J)
Champion Stakes  Velasquez   1897   (J)
Champion Stakes  Velasquez   1898   (T)
Champion Stakes  Velasquez   1898   (J)
Eclipse Stakes, Sandown Park  Velasquez   1898   (J)

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