Dawn Run



Stylishly named and supremely successful, Dawn Run is a horse with an incredible reputation for a blitzing run of victories and form in the 1980s. a powerful Irish mare, Dawn Run was bred by John Riordan and owned by Charmian Hill. Trained by Paddy Mullins, too, it went on to take an incredible 21 wins across 35 races. The most successful mare in the history of National Hunt racing, Dawn Run is a true legend of the sport.


As winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1984, it also claimed the Gold Cup in 1986. It was also the only horse to win both the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle as a double. Indeed, she was only the second mare in history to win the Champion Hurdle, and won of just four to have lifted the Gold Cup, too.


A stellar career was completed by the fact that she took part in English, Irish and French Champion Hurdle treble, too. Such incredible achievements show just why, for many, Dawn Run is one of the favoured horses in recent history.


Career Summary


Dawn Run was a horse with an incredible career history in flat, hurdle and steeplechase racing. Sadly, the steeplechasing racing began to have major problems for Dawn Run; injured after its first race (which it won), Dawn Run began to suffer from more regular mistakes and injury. Sadly, the horse died at the French Chammpion Hurdle. Michel Chirol was the jockey for the day, and it fell at one of the back straight hurdles, and never managed to get up – it had broken its neck.


Its death was front page news on the Irish Times, with a statue placed alongside the parade ring at Cheltenham to mark an exemplary life.


Achievements & Highlights


Wins – Ascot Hurdle (1983), Christmas Hurdle (1983), Irish Champion Hurdle (1984), Champion Hurdle (1984), Aintree Hurdle (1984), French Champion Hurdle (1984), Durkan Brothers Chase (1985), Cheltenham Gold Cup (1986).


Associations – John Riordan, Paddy Mullins, Charmian Hill.


Earnings – ?




Jim Crowley  Introduction


One of the best things about racing and the circuit in general is the sheer volume and completion that exists across the board. Many star names exist across the sport, but there’s always turnover and change regarding who the best is. With Jim Crowley, you can fully understand why the hype exists: he looks to be one of the next in line of a growing volume of world-class starlets coming through the circuit.


Career Summary


So far in his career, Crowley has established himself as one of the leading flat jockeys in the British racing scene. The current Champion Jockey, having won the FJCs in 2016, Crowley has become a name well worth remembering for fans of the sport. With a growing list of achievements across a career so far, his Ascot upbringing helped to set the tone for a born jockey.


Starting out as an amateur, he switched to National Hunt racing and rode with Sue Smith’ stable. With around 300 winners there before returning back to the flat racing circuit, he rode for his sister-in-law, Amanda Perrett, over at Pulborough. 2010 seen him move over to Ralph Beckett, and since then it’s been success after success.


In 2016, he won the title as mentioned above, defeating 2015 Champion Silvestre de Sousa, and breaking the record for monthly victories with a barely believable run of 46 victories across the month of September to help seal his burgeoning reputation.


The new number one jockey for Hamdan al-Maktoum, the career path of Jim Crowley looks like it’s only going to continue to shine and grow as time goes on!


Achievements & Highlights


Major Wins – Prix Jean Prat (2009), King’s Stand Stakes (2011), Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes (2014).


Associations – Sue Smith, Amanda Perrett, Ralph Beckett.


Earnings – ?



Pat Eddery  Introduction


To racing fans of a certain vintage, the name Pat Eddery strikes a certain glint in the eye. Although no longer with us, having died age 63, Pat Eddery is the co-holder of two major records: the most title championships in history, and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe wins record. While his career holds many other landmarks, it’s the sheer variety of wins that the Newbridge-born jockey managed across one of the most stellar careers in history.


With over 4,600 races, he’s one of the most prolific racers in all-time alongside being one of the most prolific winners, too.


Career Summary


As one of the most popular names in the history of jockeying, the impressive Eddery has always stood out as one of the sport’s most interesting and engaging characters. With the most successes in British jockey history, the incredible thing about Eddery is that like other people who reached his levels of success, he never carried the brash personality.


Whether it was winning one of his 3 Epsom Derbies or winning his 3 2000 Guineas event, he never bragged. Never one for hogging the limelight or arrogance, the fact he won so many races and claimed so many trophies is one of the most exciting parts of his personality. Many jockeys think they need the personality to go with, but Eddery proves that isn’t the case.


Rest in Peace, Pat – you’ll be missed fervently by all.


Achievements & Highlights


Major Wins – 2000 Guineas (3), 1000 Guineas (1), Epsom Derby (3), Epsom Oaks (3), St Leger Stakes (4).


Associations – Polygamy, Grundy, Scintillate, Detroit, Storm Bird, Kings Lake, Golden Fleece, Assert, Lomond, El Gran Senor, Rainbow Quest, Dancing Brave, Moon Madness, Warning, Zafonic, Quest for Fame, Toulon, Moonax, Bosra Sham, Lady Carla, Silver Patriarch.


Earnings – ?