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DEATH OF TOM LOATES.

A FAMOUS JOCKEY, (From Our Own Corespondent.} LONDON, 30th September. Tom Loatcs, the well-known jockey, whose death occurred at Brighton a tew days ago, was born in Derby in 1807, and he rode his first winner in 1883, when attached to Joseph Cannon's stable. He advanced rapidly in his profession, and. in*lßß9, when' riding principally for Mr. Milner and Sir James Blundell Maple, he finished at the head of the winning jockeys with 167 victories. He was again first in 1890. with 147 wins; but, like his brother, S. Loates, he was refused a license by the Jockey Club in the following season. In 18'j4 he was allowed to ride again A when he proved in better form than ever, heading tho list with 222 victories, the highest total since F. Archer died. He ranked high on the list each season afterwards until ISOO, when indifferent health prevented his showing his best form, and out of 264 mounts he only steered 18 first past the post. But he was recognised as a sound exponent of the British style of riding, at a time when Tod Sloan and others were creating a revival of an old fashion by their extraordinary run of luck with the crouching position, known as the American seat. When attached to James Jcwitt's stable, Loates won the Two Thousand, Derby, and St. Leger on the late Colonel M'Calmont's Isinglass. Isinglass was no doubt a fine examplo of what is commonly called a "triple crown hero," but he was a remarkably lazy horse, as Loates found in race after race. He once remarked of him that "Isinglass would make a race of it with a donkey." Thus the jockey had continually to be "at him," but as Colonel M'Calmont's Derby winner was also aa game as he was good, the characteristic of laziness had no ill-results. For his weight, Loates was a remarkably strong finisher, and in his best days it . is no exaggeration to say he was fearless to a fault. For some yeara his services were in big demand* and in this way he was quite in the front rank ol the fashionable jockeys of his day. He figured in one over-memorable scene. That was in 1896, when His Majesty won his first Derby. Loates was riding Mr. Leopold de Rothschild's St. Frusquin, and, amidst a tumult of cheering, such as up to that time had no parallel on Epsom Downs, he waa beaten by a neck by John Watts on Persimmon. Previous to that he had been on tho back of St. Frusquin whan the son of St. Simon arid Isabel won the Two Thousand Guineas. Ho had a few years previously won the One Thousand Guineas for Sir J. Blundell Maple on Siffleuse. . That, too, was a memorable race, for Sir J. Blundell Maple ran two fillies, and ho declared to win with Dame President, who was heavily backed, while SifHeuse was neglected v? tho betting, so that her starting prioe was 33 to 1 against. The favourite was not served with luck on that occasion, and Tom Loates sprung n great surprise on the world by winning on the outsider. Then the deceased also won the Derby in 1889, this time on tho Duko ot Portland's Donovan, an extremely sucessful and, at tho same time, a rather lucky horse. At any rate, he won tho big sum of close on £60.000 in stakes, and in the victories which that total represents, Loatcs had a considerable share. He never rode a winner of the Oaks, which was certainly a singular thing when it is remembered that he rods often in the race, and had hio-hl T . fancied mounts. *

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DEATH OF TOM LOATES., Evening Post, Volume LXXX, Issue 113, 9 November 1910

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