Herbert Jones (jockey)
Diamond Jubilee with Herbert Jones up, circa 1900.
30 November 1880|
Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom
|Died||18 July 1951(aged 70)|
|Career wins||540 in U.K. 1896-1923|
|Major racing wins, honours and awards|
|Major racing wins|
British Classic Race wins:
2,000 Guineas (1900, 1905, 1906, 1909)
Epsom Derby (1900, 1909)
St. Leger Stakes (1900)
Epsom Oaks (1905)
|Diamond Jubilee, Minoru, Anmer|
He often rode horses for King Edward VII. In 1900, he won the British Triple Crown when he rode Diamond Jubilee to victory in the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes. He remains one of only fifteen jockeys to do so. Among his other Classic victories, he won the 1905 Epsom Oaks, a second Derby in 1909, and the 2,000 Guineas on three more occasions.
In 1913, Jones rode Anmer, the King's Horse, in the Derby. He was involved in a collision with Emily Davison, the suffragette, who was fatally injured. Jones suffered significant injuries himself, including mild concussion. However he was "haunted by that woman's face" for much longer after the incident. Fifteen years after the death of Emily Davison, Herbert Jones laid a wreath at the funeral of Emmeline Pankhurst in honour of her and Emily Davison.
Jones retired from riding in 1923. In 1951, he was discovered to have committed suicide after his son found him in a gas-filled kitchen.
- Arthur F. Meyrick. "The Prince of Wales's Jockeys." The Strand Magazine. Volume 20. Pages 289-296.
- Vanessa Thorpe "Truth behind the death of suffragette Emily Davison is finally revealed", The Observer, 26 May 2013
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