Among English jockeys no man bears a higher reputation than Tom Cannon. By strict integrity he has amassed a fortune, and now owns a very select stud at Danebury and a number of racehorses. The World, in its " Celebrities at home," thus refers to the great jockey:— " Cannon's father was a horse dealer at Windsor, and the boys Tom and Joseph (the trairiejfofClifton-house, New-market) have been among horseu ever since they could walk. A natural aptitude for riding, keen intelligence, untiring.diligence and perseverance, enabled Cannon to make his mdrk early in life, and his ambition to own a horse or two was soon gratified. Settling down at Houghton, a few miles from Danebury, he became associated with the late John Day—at a time when the last Marquis of Hastings was, perhaps, the most prominent figure on the turf—and some twenty years ago married John Day's daughter Kate. George Fordham, than whom a greater rider of races was never put up into a saddle, early took a fancy to the youthful Tom—'my boy' as he arfecttionately called him—and from Fordham hints and example he learned much. Tom Cannon differs from too many contemporary jockeys, not only because of his extraordinary coolness and skill, but by reason of the fact, so prominently brought forward at a recent trial, that throughout his career the breath of scandal has never once impeached his integrity. His patience, (rood temper, and marvellously light hand make him by universal consent peerless on a two year old, though his admirers declare that on horees of all sorts and in races of every kind he is unapproachable. Horses as a rule do their beat for him without punishment; aud he declares that if you look at a hundred horses be has ridden in a close finish, you will not find spar-marks on three of them. He bets little, putting sometimes a'pony,' more of ten £10, not seldom £b, very rarely indeed £50, and on!? on the most exceptional occasion a hundred pounds, on hu own horses. Other people's horses he hardly ever backs, not believing in the possibility of getting the best of the ring in the long run. Few living men have had more to do with the buying and selling of horses; and yet, with all his knowledge, he has let some famous animals go for less than their value. Geheimniss was worth much more than the two thousand guineas which the late Lord Stanford paid for her, and both Fullerton and Hume wood proved to be also very cheap animals."
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TOM CANNON., Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7202, 13 November 1888
TOM CANNON. Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7202, 13 November 1888
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