Charles Wood (jockey)

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Charles Wood
Charles Wood Vanity Fair 22 May 1886.jpg
Caricature of Charles Wood from Vanity Fair, 22 May 1886
Eastbourne, Sussex
Major racing wins
British Classic Race wins as jockey:
1,000 Guineas (3)
2000 Guineas
Epsom Oaks
Epsom Derby (3)
St Leger Stakes (2)
Racing awards
British flat racing Champion Jockey (1887)
Significant horses
Galtee More, St. Simon, St. Gatien

Charles Wood (1856–1945) was an English flat racing jockey.

He left home aged 11, and became apprentice to Joseph Dawson in Newmarket, where he stayed for seven years.[1] He won his first race in 1872 and was Champion Jockey in 1887. He also rode the unbeaten St. Simon in his three-year-old year when that horse's usual jockey, Fred Archer, could no longer make the weight.[2]

However, Wood was as famous for his behaviour off the track as on it. He was the principal rider to Sir George Chetwynd, 4th Baronet (1849–1917) and the two were regularly in trouble with the Jockey Club. First of all, he and Chetwynd were accused of organising a gambling ring from their Newmarket stable. Moreover, he owned some of the horses he rode, which was strictly forbidden. The matter was brought to wider attention when the Earl of Durham used his speech at the annual Gimcrack Dinner to make disparaging comments about the stable.[1] Chetwynd sued Durham for libel, asking for £20,000 in damages and Wood sued the publication Licensed Victuallers' Gazette and Hotel Courier for £5,000. The result was that they were both awarded one farthing in damages. The trials had brought details of their activities to light and Chetwynd resigned from the Jockey Club.[3] Wood was warned off for ten years[4] but bounced back in some style, winning the Triple Crown on Galtee More in 1897. He retired in 1900.[1] When he died in Eastbourne in 1945, he left over £60,000.[4]

He was known as a "strong and competent lightweight" jockey.[2]

Major wins[edit]

Classic races[edit]

United Kingdom Great Britain

Other selected races[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Wright 1986, p. 328.
  2. ^ a b "Wood, Charles (1856 - 1945)". National Horseracing Museum. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Jockey Club Decision; Resignation of Sir George Chetwynd". The Sheffield Daily Telegraph p2. 8 July 1889.
  4. ^ a b Tanner & Cranham 1992, p. 100.