William Scott (jockey)
Chippenham near NewmarketGreat Britain
|Died||26 September 1848|
|Career wins||Not known|
|Major racing wins|
|Ascot Gold Cup (1834, 1837)
British Classic Race wins:
(1821, 1825, 1828-1829, 1838-1841, 1846)
(1832, 1835, 1842, 1843)
(1836, 1838, 1841)
(1842, 1843, 1846)
|Velocipede, The Colonel, Memnon, Rowton, St. Giles, Mündig, Attila, Touchstone|
Don John, Charles the Twelfth, Cotherstone, Sir Tatton Sykes, Glaucus
Based at his brother's Whitewall Stables in Malton, North Yorkshire, Bill Scott won nineteen of the British Classic Races, including the St. Leger Stakes a record nine times of which four were in a row from 1838 through 1841.
In 1836, Scott won the first of his three Epsom Oaks aboard Cyprian, a filly owned and trained by his brother John. He also owned (and trained) Sir Tatton Sykes whom he rode to victory in the 1846 2,000 Guineas, his third win as a jockey in that Classic. He also rode Sir Tatton Sykes to his ninth victory in that year's St. Leger Stakes.
According to the Roger Longrigg book, The History of Horse Racing, Scott reportedly consumed alcohol in excessive quantities which sometimes affected his racing performance. According to several sources, Sir Tatton Sykes, who finished second in the Epsom Derby, would have won the race "if Scott had not been drunk and unable to steer his mount on a proper course." 
Bill Scott died at his home at Highfield, Malton in 1848 having ridden almost to the time of his death. He is said to have declared on his deathbed that he "had never pulled a horse in his life, never gone to bed sober and never kissed a lass against her will".