Steve Cauthen When Steve Cauthen arrived in Britain as a lank 18-year-old in the spring of 1979, he had already achieved more than most jockeys can hope for in a lifetime. In his first full season, 1977, he had ridden 487 winners in America and become the first jockey to win $6 million in calendar year. The following year he won the American Triple Crown – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes – on Affirmed and was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.


Cauthen made an immediate impact in Britain, winning on his very first ride, Marquee Universal, owned by Robert Sangster and trained by Barry Hills, at Salisbury in April 1979, but that was just a foretaste of things to come for the man affectionately known as “The Kid”. A month later, he won the 2,000 Guineas on Tap On Wood for Barry Hills, prevailing by half a length for the previously unbeaten Kris, trained by Henry Cecil and ridden by Joe Mercer.


In the years that followed, Cauthen continued to flourish under the auspices of Barry and Penny Hills, whom he later described as “like parents to me”, at Lambourn and became Champion Jockey for the first time in 1984, with 150 winners. Cauthen left Barry Hills to replace Lester Piggott as stable jockey to Henry Cecil in 1985 and so began a mesmerizing partnership that would last until Cauthen’s retirement seven years later.


In his first year at Warren Place, Cauthen won the Fillies’ Triple Crown – the 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St. Leger – on Oh So Sharp and the Derby on Slip Anchor. Having won the Lingfield Derby Trial by 10 lengths on Slip Anchor, Cauthen insisted on riding him every day in the build-up to the Derby and, four days before the race, apparently told his lad, Dave Goodwin, “This is a ****ing certainty.” History records that Cauthen was right; Slip Anchor became the first horse for nearly 60 years to make all in the Derby, eventually winning by 7 lengths.


Cauthen was Champion Jockey again in 1985, with 195 winners, and won his third, and final, jockeys’ title in 1987, with 197 winners, edging out Pat Eddery after a titanic duel at Doncaster on the final day of the season. He was fourth in the jockeys’ championship the following year, despite being hospitalised with concussion after a fall at Goodwood in August, which ruled him out for most of the season, and second to Eddery in 1989.


However, by that stage of his career Cauthen, now 29, was struggling to maintain his riding weight of 8st 7lb. Nevertheless, he continued at the top of the tree until 1992 when, after a year as retained jockey for Sheikh Mohammed, the Sheikh sought to reduce his reputed retainer of £1 million per season. Cauthen retired back to Kentucky at the age of 32 with no hard feelings towards his former employer. During his career, Cauthen rode a total of 2,794 winners, including 10 British Classic winners, and had the distinction of winning the Derby, the Irish Derby, the Prix du Jockey Club and the Derby Italiano, as well as the Kentucky Derby.

Windsor Racecourse Windsor racecourse is a racing venue located in Windsor, Berkshire, England. The racecourse is owned by Arena Leisure PLC, and is known to stage flat races. It is among the only three figure-of-eight racecourses in the United Kingdom. Windsor is seated on a 165 acre piece of land in the beautiful countryside, not far from the Windsor
Castle. It stages a total of 27 fixtures each year, running from April all through to October. It is a perfect destination to enjoy the summer, with the thrilling races and first-class hospitality. Being located at the Banks of River Thames, catching a boat from Windsor Town to the racecourse is fun and adventurous.

Racing at Windsor was first recorded in 1682, during the reign of Charles the Second, making it one of the most ancient racecourses in Britain. The Royal Ascot meeting held there every June is what made it famous in the 18th century. In the mid-19th century, steeplechasing had grown widely, giving Windsor more fame. It was until 1866 when flat racing was introduced at its current site, having been established by John Frail. It was one of the few racecourses that remained functional after the outbreak of the World Wars. There was however an incident that occurred during that period. A bomb fell into the racecourse during a race. Luckily, no lives were lost. Steeplechase races ceased happening in 1998. This was meant to preserve the racetracks for the flat race season.

The most notable races held at Windsor are the Royal Windsor Stakes and the August Stakes. Both are flat races, and are meant for horses aged three years and above. The Winsor Stakes take place in May while the August stakes takes place in August, as the name suggests. This year, the racecourse will be hosting a significant number of fixtures. For example, on the 19th of May will be the Royal Wedding Parking and Celebration. There will be lots of exciting activities apart from racing.

2 for 1 Race Day Experience Offer There’s nothing more thrilling than a day at the Races, and as such a Race Day Experience can be the perfect gift. Red Letter Days currently have a two for one race day offer that comes with all of the bells of whistles. Just click through and select ‘horse racing’ and the ‘2 for 1 offer’ to take advantage of it. Down from £84 to £39 and covering 18 different racecourse locations, it’s hard to go too far wrong with an experience day like this.

The ideal gift for family or friends, the 2 for 1 day at the races offer is valid for 10 months from the date of purchase. It’s not a run of the mill horse racing experience either, as both tickets are for the Premier Entry. In addition they also include a racing programme (which can easily set you back a fiver normally) and a welcome drink each. All in all it’s a premium race days experience for a bargain price.

Race courses included in this offer are: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Fontwell, Lingfield, Newcastle, Sedgefield, Southwell, Ffos Las, Great Yarmouth, Uttoxeter, Windsor, Wolverhampton and Worcester. Some dates are excluded and these are stated on the offer page.

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