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Porter, John (1838 - 1922)

The Kingsclere Stables
The Kingsclere Stables
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Associated Places:  Cannons Heath, Kingsclere, Hampshire; Newbury Races; Rugely, Staffs; Findon; Michael Grove, Sussex

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John Porter was undoubtably the most succesful trainer of the Victorian era. He trained the winners of 23 Classics, including 3 Triple Crown winners and a total of 7 Derbys. He was also founder and managing director of Newbury Racecourse.

John Porter was born in Staffordshire and apprenticed to John Barham Day at Michael Grove in Sussex, weighing only 4st 10. His riding career was short and by the time William Goater took over the stable, now at Findon, Porter was head lad. He was then appointed as Sir Joseph Hawley's trainer at the Cannons Heath stable, with John Wells as stable jockey, quickly establishing the pair as a leading force in racing. Sir Joseph built the famous new stables at Kingsclere and when he died John Porter was able to buy them, later greatly enlarging them at considerable expense. He attracted prestigious owners, including in 1881 The 1st Duke of Westminster and in 1886 the Prince of Wales. He retired in 1905.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Shotover   1882   (T)
Paradox   1885   (T)
Ormonde   1886   (T)
Common   1891   (T)
Flying Fox   1899   (T)
1000 Guineas
Farewell   1885   (T)
La Fleche   1892   (T)
Derby
Blue Gown   1868   (T)
Shotover   1882   (T)
St Blaise   1883   (T)
Ormonde   1886   (T)
Sainfoin   1890   (T)
Common   1891   (T)
Flying Fox   1899   (T)
Oaks
Geheimniss   1882   (T)
La Fleche   1892   (T)
La Roche   1900   (T)
St Leger
Pero Gomez   1869   (T)
Ormonde   1886   (T)
Common   1891   (T)
La Fleche   1892   (T)
Throstle   1894   (T)
Throstle   1894   (T)
Flying Fox   1899   (T)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Champion Stakes  Ormonde   1886   (T)
Hardwicke Stakes  Ormonde   1887   (T)
Eclipse Stakes  Flying Fox   1899   (T)
Ascot Gold Cup  William the Third   1902   (T)
 
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