Sunday, 9 February 2014



Clive Brittain - The Smiling Pioneer


Clive Brittain Equus Zone Timeline



with


 Robin Oakley


Taking a closer look at Clive Brittain's timeline:



Acknowledgements

"Owners, jockeys and journalists, who have always found the master of Carlburg amongst the most approachable of people, have always been encouraged to

'Call me Clive' and throughout this book I have stuck to this habit. It is 'Clive' , not 'Brittain' , you will meet in these pages. "




Introduction

"Are you there, baby?' 'Hello big girl, are you waiting for me?'  'Good boy ... oh yes'  'There's nothing to be frightened of''  ...  'Hello young lady, are you there for me?'

"Want to see a man doing what he was destined to do, doing what he is totally absorbed and happy doing? Watch Clive Brittain with his horses at Carlburg Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket. "

Racehorses respond directly to a person's voice and gestures. The tone of the voice especially. Opening communication and understanding channels on all levels. Magic.


CHAPTER ONE
A Horseman's beginning
"Some of the other kids on the estate would try it and then chicken out but I was determined ... "



  Clive started work as an apprentice with Sir Noel Murless. pages 17 - 21




"Calne, Wiltshire. The little scrap who arrived on December 15 1933 and who lived his early years at 9, Priestley Grove, Calne, enjoyed a family life typical of the countryside at the time: busy, companionably and shorn of luxury, although the big family usually managed, somehow or other, to make ends meet. "



How Clive communicated with a bunch of wild ponies, and  took a few jobs to bring in some pocket money.


At the end of 1948 Clive went to see Herbert Blagrave for a job. He was a private trainer and he already had an apprentice. This was about the end of 1948 and he was full up. He said, "Try Noel Murless down the road" .

I saw the stable secretary first, a Mr Cotterill, a great old character. He looked at me and said, "You'll be too big" , and more or less turned me away. But I was never one for being turned away and so I waited until Sir Noel came out. I said that Mr  Blagrave  had sent me and that I wanted a job as an apprentice jockey and he took me on for a month's trial. "



"It was a moment that determined the shape of Clive's life. The month's trial developed into a relationship of mutual respect that was to last, apart from Clive's two years of National Service in the Army, for the next 23 years. Until Sir Noel Murless began thinking of retirement and Clive set up on his own, he spent those 23 years handling some of the best animals in the country, horses like Petite Etoile, and Crepello, Aurelius and St Paddy, Royal Palace and Busted. And if that was why Clive later knew how to get the best out of the best when he handled Classic contenders at Carlburg, he made his own contribution too in the Murless yard, dealing with the awkward squad.  



Mystiko and Tony
 a true bond of trust 



CHAPTER TWO 

The Murless Years
1950 - 1972

"If you didn't say 'Good morning' you would get a boot up your arse. And if it wasn't a good morning you'd get a boot up the arse for saying so. " Mick Leaman, fellow Murless apprentice "
Clive moved from Beckhampton to Newmarket with Sir Noel Murless and all his horses, the lot in one massive move, pages 23 - 38.

Key Fact
"Clive served his  7 year apprenticeship with Sir Noel Murless  plus a further 16 years. 
Clive was in the right place with the right man for 23 years.
 "They were different times. In 23 years with Sir Noel Murless, as the great trainer was to become (he acquired his knighthood after Clive had left to set up on his own)  Clive Brittain was never addressed as 'Clive' or even by his surname.   When he spoke to him, Murless called him Calne because Calne in Wiltshire was was where Clive came from. It was ' Calne, take this one back to the yard' or 'Calne, drop in behind and move upsides at the two -furlong marker . It was not a lack of civility on Murless's part - theirs was a relationship built on mutual respect. It was just the way things were in a more forelock-tugging age. And it could have been worse ... there was another lad in the yard who was only ever addressed  as 'Skin the Goat'

 .

"Sir Noel Murless had just taken over at Beckhampton from Fred Darling and when I first went to Beckhampton  there were seven horses there who were savages. Red-carded. You weren't allowed  to go in with them unless there was someone with you. Within  three years Sir Noel had changed the system and brought in a more feeling regime. The savage horses disappeared. It was a great lesson. At evening stables they were held with three rack chains. One from the hay net to the head collar and one each side, otherwise they would have ripped you to pieces. There only defence was to bite you or kick you. Sir Noel got rid of those ideas. Seeing the way horses were treated I realised, just as I had with the ponies, that you don't beat them. A lot of the things he did I had already worked out for myself.

"NOEL MURLESS was a great boss to work for and to be absolutely honest we had a very good lifestyle. Maureen was his secretary. I worked in the yards looking after the difficult horses. We has a (rent and rates free) bungalow at Warren Place and we were very happy. It wasn't until Lady Murless started talking about Sir Noel retiring that the idea of training came up at all. After 23 years it was a question of who else could I work for? I knew his mind inside out. I knew him and trusted him and he obviously had great trust in me, although I was never head man. He was a very loyal man and the head men he had did their job. My job was dealing with the awkward horses, riding the awkward ones, breaking the yearlings. We all had our place in the system. '

Sir Noel was a tremendous thinker about the animal's condition and wellbeing and noticed everything. I can remember he would say at evening stables, "That  horse was very nervous with you this morning" . "We never had a big conversation. He called me "Calne" because that was where I came from. It was an "Evening Calne". "Evening sir" , "yes, sir" kind of relationship. I would say something like "This horse doesn't like going through the trees on the way to the gallop" and it was about getting the horses to the bottom of the gallop with as little stress as possible.

 "For lads in those days it was pretty spartan. We lived in big rooms like barracks. In the winter they were running with condensation. There was no heating but you had a bed and clean sheets for the bed once a week.. We were always pretty well fed in the canteen run by Mrs  Barclay, she was a very kind woman and we  got good wholesome food. "

"Clives's friend and long time feed man Mick Learman, whom he tempted back into racing after 16 years in Clark's shoe factory when he started up, was a good boxer. We tend to forget thev physical stature of many of the lads in stables in those days. Mick won several boxing titles and was beaten in the final one year in the stable lads' championship - an event that was once a mainstay  of the racing year but finally petered out at the end of the 1990's, reflecting perhaps not just the growing number of lasses working in yards but an altogether less macho approach in racing yards.

"Mind you , says Mick, it was worse when Fred Darling was still at Beckhampton. He may have six Derby winners "but he was tough with the horses and could be a mean little man, there was a ten o'clock curfew for the lads and if they were in after that he'd be there the other side of the gate waiting for them with a bullwhip. "

"Clive says: " Mick's been my mainstay. The best in Newmarket. I don't have to worry about it. His feedhouse is always absolutely immaculate. He's head and shoulders above anyone else in Newmarket for feeding horses. Nobody could look after a horse better than Mick does. Mind you, he's cost me a fortune. He always wants the best for his horses. "

"Two of the trickier stars  Clive had to deal with were AURELIUS  and ST PADDY,
later the sire of one of Clive's outstanding international winners. As his protege was later to do with PEBBLES, Murless used geldings as companions and lead horses. The 1960 Derby winner ST PADDY, for example was a tearaway but there was
a secret to dealing with him: "You could hold ST PADDY in a canter if you kept his
head on the quarters of a big old mate of his called Sunny Way.  ST PADDY's forelegs would go between Sunny Way's back ones. It looked dreadful but they never touched each other. After 100 yards or so of that St Paddy would settle pretty well. But he even ran away with Lester, which took a bit of doing. "
  

"As for AURELIUS, the 1961 St Leger winner, he was a savage with a capital S. There was no point hitting him. That was how he turned savage in the first place. As was CREPELLO who in his only two outings as a three-year-old in 1957, won the 2,000 Guineas and the Derby "CREPELLO was a tremendous  colt, really powerful behind the saddle, which was the reason he eventually broke down. He had an unbelievable blend if speed and stamina, which meant he was never extended at home. I couldn't name a horse today that might have beaten him. Among the fillies Petite Etoile was a tough mare, more like a colt in many ways. She had a strong personality with a bit of a  temperament  - she broke her lead rein on more than one occasion. I rode a lot of Sir Noel's good horses, most of them probably, and learned a lot about the character of horses. Even now you see a lot of the characteristics from the family lines. For instance, if a CREPELLO  throws a wobbly you are forewarned. "

"During my years at Warren Place I never earned more than £17 a week but I set myself an income of £5,000 a year by backing our good horses in top races. We made a decent living - not a fortune but enough always to run a nice car and to have good holidays.
"I was never a big gambler in the Barry Hills mode. I set out to win £5,000 a year and stop. I've always believed the lad who has a punt has an interest. It wasn't hurting anybody. You wouldn't do anything to harm or stop a horse. It wasn't in those days a matter of what wasn't going to win but what was going to win. It wouldn't do any damage to the price of the horse. Lads were probably then getting £15 to £20 a week as wages.
"With common sense you couldn't help making money on the post odds.  You couldn't help backing winners when you worked for Sir Noel. I always backed horses to win. If I won £200 I would bank £175 and start again with £25. My first rule was never to stake more than I could afford to lose.

"Two I particularly  remember Altesse Royal at 33-1 and Caergwrle at 50-1. We had some very good fillies at the time of Altesse Royal but I always felt she would be the best. She had a lot of nervous energy. She was pacemaker to the others but she never dropped away. It always stuck in my mind that she would be the one. She won the £1,000 Guineas  the year Magic Flute would sit behind Altesse Royale and then come with a run and always looked to be her master. But Altesse Royal never dropped her head. I took 33-1 for the Oaks and I won a few quid. It gave me that bit of a nest egg. It wasn't any huge wodge or anything, it was hundreds rather than thousands. 'Murless horses. I concentrated on their home work. I never thought of myself as a gambler when I backed his horses - more of an investor. They were nearly all good-class animals and they were always trying. I made most of the money in Classic races at anti-post odds. You couldn't help backing winners when you worked for Sir Noel.

 
CHAPTER THREE

 Pegasus Days

"He didn't have any legacy to set him up. He's done it his way and done it from the
bottom. He didn't take anyone's blueprint - he made his own. He follows his instincts. " Willie Carson on Clive.

Clive was 39 years old by then, he was a brilliant kaleidoscope  illuminator for yearlings
and two-year-olds,  bred and prepared each and every one for superstardom on the global, horseracing stage. That is if saved from being frightened to death beforehand by the bloodhorse illiterate...Clive's perspective on starting out as a trainer  Clive Sketches'  in his focus on a myriad of owners.

"It never sunk in until Lady Murless was talking about  Sir Noel's retirement but then I thought for 23 years he had been a good gov'nor and I couldn't see myself having the same relationship with anybody else.

 
"We talked about it. I made a few inquiries and found that Pegasus was coming on the market. Jack Watts had moved to train in the north and it had been left empty and deteriorating. I went to see Chris Bakewell, who had it in trust for the family, and we agreed a three-year lease. When we went in, the lofts were full of chickens, the paint was  peeling: the place had been let go.


Clive recalls:

"Willie Carson had moved into a new house at the end of the garden and he introduced me to Mr Gulrajani, an Indian banker with a lot of horses. Willie got him to send me a couple of horses and they were just platers. I started to train them.


"Pandit Gulrajani was the owner of the first winner Clive trained, VEDVYAS at Doncaster just ten days into the new season. There was a field of 25 for the Tuxford Maiden Stakes on April 1st 1972.

 
"It was a new adventure going to the races with the first horse I thought had a chance. VEDVYAS had been running in sellers the previous year. An apprentice, ROBERT YOUNG, had been riding him at exercise and the horse worked better for him than for other jockeys who rode out for me at the time. I thought  VEDVYAS  would win.  I told the kid to ride him like he rode him work and not to pressure him much, not to go for the stick. Afterwards Frankie Durr (who finished third in the race on RIO D'OR) told me what a good race the kid had ridden. He asked if I had told him to sit quiet and when I told  him I had, he said: If he had moved he would have been beaten.

 

" VEDVYAS, carrying 8st 7lb, just got up on the line under his apprentice rider ROBERT YOUNG beating MERCHANT OF VENICE, ridden by DUNCAN KIETH. Punters knew very little about C.E. Brittain, Newmarket' and VEDVYAS  was allowed to start at 33-1, the first of a series of long-priced winners that were to decorate Clive's career. His winners share of the prize-money was £616.60.


 "Ten day's later VEDVYAS  won the much more important BP Mile Handicap at Aintree. He turned out to be quite a useful performer and at 50-1 in the 35-runner Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on September 30, this time ridden by lightweight DES CULLEN, he was beaten only a head and a nose in a photo- finish behind NEGUS (PHILIP WALDRON) and ROY BRIDGE (MICHAEL KETTLE). That was his best performance. CLIVE says CULLEN,  was one of WILLIE CARSON'S most feared riders in a finish. 


Clive says "You've  got to take the animal into consideration. They don't come out of their boxes every day in the same frame of mind. They  (the racehorses) are affected by different ground, by left-handed or right-handed courses, by different distances, and these captains of industry don't always appreciate that. Fellow trainer Sir Mark Prescott, who took over officially from Jack Waugh at Heath House just two years before the Brittain's opened up at Pegasus Stables, says that, apart from his talents as a horseman , Clive's good nature enables him to cope with owners that other were glad to see leave. 'His speciality was that he could manage difficult 'owners. '

 

CHAPTER FOUR  
Enter Marcos Lemos

"They were dreadful bullies - horrible horrible people. People look back now through rose-tinted glasses and say what great horsemen they were? Well were they? Sir Mark Prescott on Newmarket in 1972.

SIR MARK PRESCOTT HAS THIS TO SAY:

"Newmarket was very different in 1972. It was for many at the lower end of racing a grim and often brutal place. Sir Mark Prescott, a man with a true feel for his local community, remembers it clearly at Heath House:  'Newmarket was a very, very different place then.  I started officially in 1970. At that time there were 35 trainers in Newmarket and 850 horses  Now there are 81 trainers and 2,500 horses.(2012)  Pages 51 - 61.


"Everywhere was run-down. The owners could no longer afford to keep up the big studs as they had done and until the Arabs came on the scene and re did them they were pretty tired. I was unbelievably lucky to be given the chance to train here but it was all falling down.


Whether it was the war, whether that had something psychologically to do with it of whether it was  entirely financial I don't know but it had a run-down feel about it.  Newmarket was tired.

"The lads' accommodation was appalling. They were paid a pittance. Single lads serving a seven year apprenticed  then. There were some great horsemen but there was an underclass of those men who were absolutely no good and they were allowed to get away with murder. It took a crisis to change that culture, the stable lads' strike of of 1975. 


"The strike was very cathartic. In retrospect it was a ghastly, ghastly time. But it was very good because the owners realised they'd got to pay a proper rate for having horses trained.



"One of the problems was the lack of graduated  wage structure in British racing.  In many yards a man with 20 years' experience was getting no more than a 16-year-old starter, so the job tended to attract gamblers and drifters.


That was the Newmarket in which Clive set out as a trainer. But perhaps in those circumstances  there was some advantage in being a trainer who had spent 23 years as a lad in someone else's yard.   

JMC: LONG OUTDATED BRITISH POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT SERVES NO ONE

 BRITISH POLITICAL AND HORSERACING GOVERNMENT IMPOSTORS AT LARGE
CLIVE BRITTAIN 
 1972

 
Clive had a major task to bring Pegasus House and Stables back to life before  it was ready to house horses in training at work.



The British impostors political and horseracing government's wooden horses.

BHA  do not  take the horses into consideration at all, whilst pretending  to regulate British horseracing   The methods they use  to run this sport are all aimed to support hefty financial government gain.  No matter at whose expense, in secret. Secret laws popped in to cover the tracks of evil past politicians and lawyers.


 These governments show this to be the case both in Britain and in India (Richard Hughes) and (Martin Dwyer) both caught up unjustly when riding, competing in India. Made out to be crook's, when they are nothing of the sort. Both proven top global Group 1 horsemen. Treated,  punished like criminals. Noted to public apologies


These government parties focus on  horses, cattle,  sheep and chicken all reared and slaughterhouse bound. End of story. What sufferance  inflicted upon them whilst they are alive, matters not one jot to any of them. A financial  means to launder huge amounts of other people's money at the animal's expense.


And we are fool enough to allow this long outdated evil political practice to continue on.

British governments are using monies they have stolen and are stealing from the British Equus Zone of horseracing every day, left on going over decades.  


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

MY LIFE IN GLOBAL HORSERACING BY DESMOND (Des) CULLEN



MY LIFE IN HORSERACING
By
Desmond (Des) Cullen

THE LIFE AND TIMES of Desmond (Des) Cullen  pioneering top professional global lightweight jockey horseman of the highest calibre with a true empathy with every racehorse he partnered.


IN THE BEGINNING

I was born in Dublin in 1940 and started work in 1954 when I was 14 years old.
I was working as a messenger boy in Dublin, delivering carbon ribbons for typewriters, for customers. It was through that job that I met Mr McCarthy, who was a friend of licensed Irish Flat Turf Trainer Kevin Kerr, Clonee, County Meath Ireland. It was Mr McCathy who introduced me to his friend the racehorse trainer Kevin Kerr. I soon started on apprenticed to Kevin Kerr where I learned to handle and ride racehorses in training. Mick Tully was put on to teach me to ride.


Ref: Kevin Kerr 1915 - 2005
An Irish soccer player during the 1930s and 1940s and a noted horse racing trainer as well.


Following on from this my Mum wrote to three racehorse trainers in Newmarket, and  in June 1956,  my brother Peter and I travelled to England apprenticed to  Captain Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Freemason Lodge in Newmarket. where we lived and worked for the next six-months.


My life in (GB) started in 1956 when I came over to Newmarket apprenticed to  Boyd-Rochford. I moved on to Royston and W Stephenson in December 1956. I also lived in Epsom for a short time.


Ref: Sir Cecil Boyd Rochfort  1887 -  1983
RED GOD
 I rode a promising  two year old  RED GOD out every day.
Ref: Red God (1954-1979)  http://www.ask.com/wiki/Red_God?o=2802&qsrc=




ALCIDE
 And later ALCIDE when he came in as a yearling
Ref: Alcide (1955-1973) a British Thoroughbred racehorse.

Ref: Bruce Robertson Hobbs 1920 - 2005 Assistant to Boyd-Rochfort

A friend got me a job apprenticed to William  Stephenson  Royston Hertfordshire.
I moved there from Rochford's in December 1956.  I had my first ride for
W Stephenson at Lincoln in 1957  aboard ANTHONY THE FIRST .

Ref: William Stephenson 1911 - 1988 Royston Hertfordshire

Mr William ('Willie') Stephenson, the only surviving Englishman ever to have saddled a winner of both the Derby and the Grand National, died on November 29 1988. He was 77.

His achievements in capturing the biggest prizes on the Flat and under National Hunt Rules are, nevertheless, over-shadowed by the deeds of the horse that must be judged by far his most popular and successful: Sir Ken, thrice Champion Hurdler between 1952 and 1954. Sir Ken very much illustrated a staple ingredient in Stephenson's success: an unerring eye for a likely young horse before anyone else.

In my time  with Stephenson  I rode OXO out every day over the six weeks prior to his win in the 1959 Grand National at Aintree.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rE6jPZWor0 




1957  FIRST RIDE: ANTHONY THE FIRST  for Willie Stephenson Lincoln Racecourse


I rode my first winner for my boss W Stephenson at Newmarket (Rowley Mile) in 1958 The Caxton Handicap over 5f partnering TUDOR FLASH.

I also rode winners in New Zealand, France, Ireland, Belgium, Trinidad  America (USA). I had a ride for our Queen at Newbury.

Desmond Cullen


 SIR CECIL CHARLES BOYD-ROCHFORT
1887 – 1983
Sir Cecil Charles Boyd-Rochfort CVO (1887 – 1983) was a British thoroughbred racehorse trainer who was British flat racing Champion Trainer five times.

He was educated at Eton College and served with the Scots Guards during World War I, winning the Croix de Guerre reaching the rank of captain. Boyd-Rochfort's brother, George Boyd-Rochfort, also served with the Scots Guards during World War 1 and won the Victoria Cross.

He trained for King George VI and then Queen Elizabeth II from 1943 until he retired in 1968, the same year in which he was knighted. His biggest royal wins were Pall Mall in the 1958 2,000 Guineas, Hypericum in the 1956 1,000 Guineas, Aureole in the 1954 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Canisbay in the 1965 Eclipse Stakes. He trained at Newmarket's Freemason Lodge stables from 1923 to 1968. Brown Betty's 1933 Epsom Oaks win was his first classic, but his particular flair was for training stayers: Boswell's 1936 St. Leger triumph was the first of six final classic wins (from 13 entries). Boyd-Rochfort's only success in the Epsom Derby came in 1959 with Parthia. He was champion trainer in 1937, 1938, 1954, 1955 and 1958, and other top successes for his stable were the Ascot Gold Cup wins of Precipitation and Zarathustra, and in the later stages of his career he won the Goodwood Cup four times between 1962 and 1966. He was the stepfather of racehorse trainer Henry Cecil.






RED GOD
1954 - 1979
Red God (1954-1979) is a Thoroughbred race horse foaled in Kentucky who competed in England and the United States but who is best known as the sire of Blushing Groom who prominent turfman Edward L. Bowen calls one of the great international sires of the 20th Century.

At age two, Red God won the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse and was second in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster Racecourse after which he was brought back to the United States with plans to enter him in the American Triple Crown series. He won his American debut but was injured and out of racing for the rest of 1957. He returned to the track in 1958, with his best result a win in the Roseben Handicap at Belmont Park.

Retired from racing, in 1960 Red God was sent to stand at Loughton Stud in County Kildare, Ireland. Here he sired 10 stakeswinners for 13 stakeswins with over £1 million in earnings.[1]



Red God  sired  Blushing Groom  out of the mare Runaway Bride.


Blushing Groom


(1974–1992)

 A  French Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred by American businessman John McNamee Sullivan and was raced by HH Aga Khan IV. A descendant of Nearco, Blushing Groom was sired by Red God and out of the mare Runaway Bride.

Racing record

Conditioned by Francois Mathet, Blushing Groom raced six times in 1976 at age two. He finished third in his debut, then won the next five races, including four Group One events, capturing the Prix Robert Papin, Prix Morny, Prix de la Salamandre, and Grand Critérium. His performances earned him French Champion Two-Year-Old honors.

As a three-year-old, Blushing Groom extended his win streak to seven, winning the 1977 Prix de Fontainebleau and the GI Poule d'Essai des Poulains. Sent to England to compete in the Epsom Derby, he faced a 1½ mile challenge, a distance fifty percent longer than he had ever run before. He finished third to winner The Minstrel, a son of Northern Dancer. In his final race, Blushing Groom finished second in France's GI Prix Jacques Le Marois

[edit] Stud record



Although Blushing Groom met with considerable success in racing, he became an even greater as a sire. He was sent to stand at stud at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where he sired winners at major tracks in Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong. Like his sire Red God, Blushing Groom had been a champion miler but many of his offspring are renowned for their stamina and have been able to win consistently at longer distances.[1]

Blushing Groom has sired 92 stakes winners.


Some of his notable progeny include:



Blushing John - won Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Hollywood Gold Cup, 1989 U.S. Eclipse Award for Outstanding Older Male Horse

Leroidesanimaux, and 2006 American Horse of the Year, Invasor
Crystal Glitters - won Prix d'Ispahan (1983 & 1984)
Gold Splash - won Coronation Stakes, Prix Marcel Boussac




Rahy - sire of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Serena's Song, 2001 European Horse of the Year, Fantastic Light, Mariah's Storm, Noverre, Champion 3 yr old in England, and Dreaming of Anna, 2006 U.S. 2-Year-Old Champion Filly & Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Rainbow Quest - won Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Coronation Cup, the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 2003 & 2004

Sky Beauty - 1993 United States' Filly Triple Crown winner voted 1994 Champion Older Female Snow Bride - won Epsom Oaks













DESMOND CULLEN 1958


In 1958  Desmond Cullen aged 18, rode his first winner Tudor Flash at Newmarket for Royston trainer Willie Stevenson.  He  completed his apprenticeship with Willie Stevenson in 1961 aged 21,  the year he won the Northumberland Plate partnering Utrillo for  Bill O'Gorman. The first of many big handicap triumphs that were to follow on.




In 1971 the minimum handicap weight was raised from 7st to 7st 7lb's which was the beginning of the end for  several established lightweight riders. The same year that Desmond Cullen aged 31 won the Cambridgeshire partnering King Midas for trainer, Derrick Candy, father of Henry, reaching a career best 45 winners that year..




"KING MIDAS FINDS IT ALL SO EASY


 By Robert Glendinning


"KING MIDAS, the silver-grey three-year-old, ridden by Britain's top lightweight, DESMOND CULLEN, won Saturday's Irish Sweeps Cambridgeshire at Newmarket so convincingly  that for once this famous handicap turned out to be something of a bore.



"The tremendous cheer that greeted the racecourse commentator's first mention of his name suggested that this 10-1 chance was, in fact, the best-backed horse in the race. 

                                                              


"But as KING MIDAS surged into the lead fully two furlongs out and made the rest of the way home unchallenged, the only excitement generated was by the terrific battle for second and third places.




"ASTROCAN, the last Cambridge runner for Harvey Leader, the veteran Newmarket trainer who retires at the end of this season, produced a strong finishing burst to beat LONDESBOROUGH BOY  by a short head for second place with the blinkered RICHBOY a head away fourth.



Backed at 40-1




"Leader, who has saddled three Cambridgeshire winners, was prevented by flu from attending on Saturday.




"KING MIIDAS, who was running for the executors  of the late Major H.P. Holt, is trained at Kingston Warren by Derrick Candy, who confessed that he had always regarded KING MIDAS as an ideal Cambridgeshire type and had backed him at 40-1 when the weights were published.




"Cullen had been engaged as KING MIDAS'S Cambridgeshire jockey before the colt won at York a month ago. KING MIDAS has also twice won over Newmarket's July course this season.




"The first seven to finish in Saturday's race all raced on the stands side and some of the best- fancied  runners, including OUDA, RUGGED, CAINS, ARTHUR and HITESCA, were all drawn high.




The Sport of Kings:


"A word of congratulations was something that Desmond Cullen the freelance jockey who lives in Royston, was trying in his modest, unassuming way to escape after his outstanding success in winning The Cambridgeshire, on KING MIDAS, at Newmarket on Saturday.





"DESMOND, who stands only 4feet 9 inches tall and can ride at 7 stone 3 lbs, has had a remarkably successful season. His winning ride last Saturday notched him up to 42 wins for this season.




"DESMOND, who has been living in Royston for some years, served his apprenticeship at the "Willie"  Stephenson stable in the town where he still "rides out"




"When DESMOND first entered the racing world he was so small and light  that some eminent racing practitioners hesitated to let him ride even a pony let alone a racehorse.




"But DESMOND - my racing colleague writes more fully about him on another page - with grit and determination and enthusiasm  has won his "spurs. ". He is now aged 30. " 1970.


Pic KING MIDAS romps home by three lengths in Saturday's Irish Sweeps Cambridgeshire at Newmarket. The three almost in line are (left to right) ASTROCAN, (second)  LONDESBOROUGH BOY (third) and RICHBOY (fourth)




KING MIDAS   partner DESMOND CULLEN  
SCORE.  EASY.


 John Oaksey reports from Newmarket
(Equus Zone)


"The Rowley Mile's claim to be England's fairest racecourse took a heavy knock at Newmarket yesterday when the draw appeared to destroy the  chances of about a third of the Cambridgeshire field. The race was won, with almost impertinent ease, by DES CULLEN on the late Major H,P,Holt's



 KING MIDAS - DESMOND CULLEN
 TEAM (DEREK) CANDY

"Drawn No. 15, CULLEN was in the ideal position to make up his mind what course to steer - and wisely decided to stay on the stands side.




"The first seven to finish all raced there while some of the best fancied horses, including CALPERNIUS, ARTHUR, CAIUS, OUDA, RUGGED and HITESCA, were all drawn high and forced to pursue what turned out to be a hopeless lost cause.





"It is hard, not impossible, to believe that not one  of these horses was good enough to get in the first seven and, not for the first time, the race was ruined both as a test and as a spectacle  by the excessive width of the straight mile.



Field splits



"As the field split, PIRATE GLEN went clear on the stands side group and CULLEN, with orders to hold up KING MIDAS as long as possible, found himself, with almost too clear a run.




"On the far side the top weight  CALPERNIUS went straight into the lead and proceeded to run a cruelly gallant race, only giving up the unequal struggle under a furlong from home.





"And by that time  it was unequal , for the stands sides group had at least four lengths' advantage  and CULLEN, throwing caution to the winds had allowed KING MIDAS to pull clear,
"As they met the hill RICHBOY second last year, came out of the pack looking as though he would stage a repeat performance. But he too tired in the last 100 yards and ASTROCAN (drawn 1) and LONDESBOROUGH BOY, (drawn 13) pounced to push him back to fourth ...

 
 
"One sadness"


"But KING MIDAS was home and half dry by that time, and the only sadness is that his owner Major Holt, who died in his 80's on June 1, was not here to see his handsome grey so confound the handicapper's calculations.


"Major Holt had been a long time patron of Derrick Candy's stable  and together they won the Ascot Gold Cup a few years ago with PARBURY. Shortly after that the Major bought a RIBOT colt in America and later selling him profitably to Italy, asked Candy to buy him a yearling. The result was  KING MIDAS who cost £9,000gns. "Of the badly drawn horses yesterday, apart from CALPURIUS, .....




dancing, prancing ready for action waiting steady
This photograph catches in an instant a racehorse and rider (Desmond Cullen)
 completely at ease with each other. Something that all punters need to observe
 before chancing hard earned cash for a bet.
Key vital the standard of horsemanship within a Trainers Team


2013 - 2014
THE WEEK AFTER  THE BREEDERS  CUP  2013 (USA), DESMOND went back into Basingstoke hospital.


Just before Christmas Day whilst still in Basingstoke hospital Des, suffering with a nasty flu virus,  was moved from the Basingstoke hospital  to Pemberley House Hospital  Basingstoke.







THURSDAY JANUARY 9th 2014
 I called in to see Desmond yesterday afternoon. I asked him what King Midas was like to ride, he replied "Like a christian"   "Magic"  .





CONCUSSION EXPLAINED 2014


RACING POST SATURDAY JANUARY 11th 2014 Page 14.
Jon Lees brings us update news on Martin Dwyer's fall yesterday at Southwell


"DWYER praises medical team following heavy Southwell fall. "

"MARTIN DWYER yesterday acknowledged the prompt actions of Southwell's medical team that ensured he received immediate hospital attention following the fall in which he was knocked out for six minutes last week.




"The Derby - winning jockey remembers nothing of the accident in which he was   unseated from Columbian Roulette when he suddenly jinked when holding a three-length lead in the final furlong of a mile handicap. The impact of the fall in which he hit his head left a split in his riding helmet.




"As he recuperated at home yesterday Dwyer admitted he had had a lucky escape and estimated he could be at least six weeks away from a return  to riding.




"I'm feeling better now but I still have the symptoms of concussion, so I am having dizzy spells and sickness, " he said.


"I sit up  and look out of the window and all of a sudden the window will go on the ceiling. The room feels like it is going upside down, it's a bit like vertigo. The doctor has said it will not get any worse and will go eventually, but it  could be a couple of weeks.




"I had to go back into hospital on Sunday when they did another scan and they were happy. There is no long term-damage. There is also a problem near the socket of my collarbone, like a crack, but it is something that will settle down in a few weeks. I think I got quite lucky really.




"Despite having lost all memory of  the day, ardent Everton fan Dwyer's sense of humour remained intact..




"I don't remember anything. " he said  "I remember leaving the house but I don't remember the race. I remember coming around in the hospital and I said to the doctor, "Are Liverpool top of the league? if they are can you knock me out again' .



"I have watched the replay. It's like watching somebody else. I don't recall the race. It looks like as soon as I hit the floor I am knocked out. When the horse changed direction at that speed I was just left in mid-air. I don't know why he did it. The helmet has done it's job as there is quite a big crack  across its back.




"I will have to have a concussion test and maybe a neurology  test before I'm allowed back to ride. It's going to be weeks rather than months, but it might be more than six weeks. They have done brain scans, there is no bleeding on the brain and no swelling. Other people have come off worse with a head injury like that. "




"Medical procedures have been tightening up since September when Hayley Turner found she had chipped a pelvis  and broken three vertebrae  only after she had been discharged from hospital.




"There have been problems in the past where jockeys taken to casualty have been underestimated , " Dwyer said.




"They think you have fallen off a pony trotting around a field and it's not treated as an accident at speed.


"Although I don't remember it, the medical team on the course were great, " he said. "I had a CT scan within 15 minutes of getting to the hospital and less than an hour after the fall.




"The racecourse doctor travelled to the hospital with me and did a handover. She took the helmet with her, rang my wife direct and made sure I was treated as a serious accident victim. "




 

DESMOND CULLEN


Wednesday January 15th 2014




EQUUS ZONE


Desmond Cullen retired from his career in global horseracing in the late 1970's
A Top Professional Pioneer Horseman due to 10 bad falls causing concussions that eventually lead to his early retirement after 20 years in the saddle. Desmond Cullen's brain, mindset still as sharp as it ever was , and still is,  to this very day in theory if not in practice.


PEMBERLEY HOUSE
Grove Road
BASINGSTOKE.
RG21 3HL

Website: www.gracewell.co.uk/care-homes/pemberley-house.aspx
Pemberley House, Grove Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 3H










Desmond Cullen finds himself battling with prostate cancer over a number of years now.



Now it has been confirmed that he has diabetes. How long he has had diabetes is not known.


  There can be nothing worse than feeling very ill and at the same time  being dumped and left in a lurch such as this one. Like  being dead before you are dead. A living hell.  Desmond Cullan has a professional  horsemen's mindset as good as it always was. Desmond Cullen does not have  dementia. A sad fact that 95 per cent of people worldwide  would not begin to understand or to recognised.  The concussions he suffered have not destroyed that.  But it looks like the hospitals are well on the way to destroy even that.




J MARGARET CLARKE NEIGHBOUR OF DESMOND CULLEN


A reminder to all these various Doctors, Hospital, and Home personnel  from Desmond  Cullen's  friend and  neighbour Margaret Clarke.   Desmond Cullen's  life belongs to him and to no one else. Whatever is to follow on from Pemberely House has to be within his full knowledge and agreement, with  Desmond Cullen's knowledge and  full approval,  and no one else's.


CONCUSSION EXPLAINED AS PUBLISHED IN THE RACING POST ON SATURDAY JANUARY 11th 2014



MARTIN DWYER EXPLAINES: LICENSED BRITISH FLAT TURF JOCKEY


Racing Post Jon Lees writes


MARTIN DWYER yesterday acknowledged the prompt actions of Southwell's medical team that ensured he received immediate hospital attention following the fall in which he was knocked out for six minutes last week.


                                                                        


"The Derby - winning jockey remembers nothing of the accident in which he was   unseated from Columbian Roulette when he suddenly jinked when holding a three-length lead in the final furlong of a mile handicap. The impact of the fall in which he hit his head left a split in his riding helmet.




"As he recuperated at home yesterday Dwyer admitted he had had a lucky escape and estimated he could be at least six weeks away from a return  to riding.




"I'm feeling better now but I still have the symptoms of concussion, so I am having dizzy spells and sickness, " he said.



"I sit up  and look out of the window and all of a sudden the window will go on the ceiling. The room feels like it is going upside down, it's a bit like vertigo. The doctor has said it will not get any worse and will go eventually, but it  could be a couple of weeks.




"I had to go back into hospital on Sunday when they did another scan and they were happy. There is no long term-damage. There is also a problem near the socket of my collarbone, like a crack, but it is something that will settle down in a few weeks. I think I got quite lucky really.




"Despite having lost all memory of  the day, ardent Everton fan Dwyer's sense of humour remained intact. "I don't remember anything. " he said  "I remember leaving the house but I don't remember the race. I remember coming around in the hospital and I said to the doctor, "Are Liverpool top of the league? if they are can you knock me out again'


.


"I have watched the replay. It's like watching somebody else. I don't recall the race. It looks like as soon as I hit the floor I am knocked out. When the horse changed direction at that speed I was just left in mid-air. I don't know why he did it. The helmet has done it's job as there is quite a big crack  across its back.




"I will have to have a concussion test and maybe a neurology  test before I'm allowed back to ride. It's going to be weeks rather than months, but it might be more than six weeks. They have done brain scans, there is no bleeding on the brain and no swelling. Other people have come off worse with a head injury like that. "




"Medical procedures have been tightening up since September when Hayley Turner found she had chipped a pelvis  and broken three vertebrae  only after she had been discharged from hospital.




"There have been problems in the past where jockeys taken to casualty have been underestimated , " Dwyer said.


"They think you have fallen off a pony trotting around a field and it's not treated as an accident at speed.




"Although I don't remember it, the medical team on the course were great, " he said. "I had a CT scan within 15 minutes of getting to the hospital and less than an hour after the fall.




"The racecourse doctor traveled to the hospital with me and did a handover. She took the helmet with her, rang my wife direct and made sure I was treated as a serious accident victim.


more later