John Daley (jockey)
|Major racing wins|
|Major races |
2,000 Guineas Stakes (1870)
Epsom Derby (1867)
Epsom Oaks (1867)
|Hermit, Hippia, Macgregor|
He won four races at Royal Ascot in 1860 - the Queen's Stand Stakes and Fern Hill Stakes on Queen of the Vale, a £100 Plate, and the Coronation Stakes on Allington. In 1861, he won the Goodwood Stakes on Elcho for Lord Coventry.
He was booked to ride Hermit in the 1867 Derby after the horse had broken a blood vessel in a training gallop and the intended jockey Henry Custance was released to ride The Rake. Daley was paid £100, with the promise of another £100 if he could get the horse placed, £3,000 if he won. Daley brought Hermit for a late run, on the orders of trainer Captain Machell, and won by a neck from Marksman in the final strides. Two days later he added the Oaks on Hippia for Rothschild.
By early manhood, Daley was struggling to make the weights required. He had a big frame and was taller than Fred Archer. In 1870, it appeared his career was coming to an end. In a final major victory, he won that year's 2,000 Guineas on Macgregor, but he was 1lb overweight for the ride and would have been too weak to ride a close finish.
He died around 1890.
- Mortimer, Onslow & Willett 1978, p. 149.