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Cannon, Herbert Mornington (1873 - 1962)

Herbert Mornington Cannon
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Also Known As:  Mornington Cannon, Morny Cannon

Associated Places:  Brighton, Sussex


On the day that Mornington Cannon was born, 21st May 1873, his father Tom Cannon had ridden the colt Mornington to victory at Bath. As well as the name, Cannon Snr also passed on his talents of beautiful horsemanship. Morny was still only 13 when he rode his first winner, becoming a leading jockey and Champion 6 times. Not keen on the new American crouching style which was sweeping the country, Morny made a slight concession by hitching up his stirrup leathers a notch or two. After his days in the saddle Mornington Cannon retired to Brighton where he lived for many years.

Mornington Cannon would have ridden two Triple Crown winners had not Diamond Jubilee taken exception to him, rolling on him after a gallop just before the 2000 Guineas.

Cannon's great nephew is Lester Piggott.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Flying Fox   1899   (J)
Flying Fox   1899   (J)
La Roche   1900   (J)
Our Lassie   1903   (J)
St Leger
Throstle   1894   (J)
Throstle   1894   (J)
Flying Fox   1899   (J)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Middle Park Plate  Galtee More   1896   (J)
Doncaster Cup  Winkfield's Pride   1897   (J)
Lincolnshire Handicap  Winkfield's Pride   1897   (J)
Eclipse Stakes  Flying Fox   1899   (J)
Ascot Gold Cup  William the Third   1902   (J)

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