Georges Bridgland

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George Bridgland (26 February 1915 - July 1997) was a French, triple British Classic-winning jockey, and St Leger and Arc de Triomphe winning trainer.

George Bridgland
OccupationJockey / Trainer
Born26 February 1915
France
DiedJuly 1997 (aged 82)
Major racing wins
Major race wins
as a jockey:

Derby Stakes (1947)
Oaks Stakes (1944)
St Leger Stakes (1941)
as a trainer
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1964)
St Leger Stakes (1956)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1957)
Significant horses
Hycilla, Pearl Diver, Sun Castle

He was born George Albert Richard Bridgland to British parents in France on 26 February 1915.

His riding career lasted from 1928 to 1948. Pre-war, he was a leading jockey in his native France, becoming runner-up in the French Jockeys' Championship in 1936. Then, due to the Second World War, he relocated to England, where he won three Classics. The first two were wartime races - the 1941 St Leger on Sun Castle, the 1944 Oaks on Hycilla. The third was the 1947 Derby, the first to be held on a Saturday, which he won on unfancied outsider Pearl Diver, beating the odds-on favourite Tudor Minstrel and denying champion jockey Gordon Richards what would have been his first Derby win.

Shortly afterwards, he began training and was similarly successful. He won the 1956 St Leger with Cambremer, the 1957 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Montaval and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Prince Royal in 1964.

He died in July 1997 aged 82.

Major wins (as a jockey)

  Great Britain

Major wins (as a trainer)

  France


  Great Britain

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