OUR MEMORIES
Mercer, Joseph


 

Merciful Knight

 

1934-10-25, Joseph Mercer was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

 

He was apprenticed to trainer Frederick Sneyd.

 

1953 Epsom Oaks, won his first British Classic race while still an apprentice on AMBIGUITY.

 

1947 – 1985, he was active as a jockey in UK and overseas such as in Hong Kong.

 

1985 NOV., he retired as a jockey, farewell to UK flat racing.

 

Then worked as agent for jockey Brent Thomson and Tony McGlone.

 

1987, as racing manager for Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Gainsborough racing operation.

 

2006 JAN, retired from his racing career.

 

 

 

With his Smoking Gun

 

SIGNIFICANT HORSES

 

BRIGADIER GERARD, BUSTINO, HIGHCLERE, KRIS, Le MOSS

 

 

Significant horses in Hong Kong:

 

  • (1976) WINGTAKE, MANNIX, ALL PRIME
  • (1977) GAY WARRIOR, GAY PEGASUS, BLESS EM ALL, THE FORESTER, FAFA, WELCOME LUCK
  • (1982) FOOTBALL
  • (1983) JACKPORT, MINI SUCCESS

 

 

MAJOR RACING WINS, HONORS AND AWARDS

 

British Classic Race wins:
Major racing wins

 

  • (1953) Epsom Oaks
  • (1965, 1974, 1980, 1981) St. Leger Stakes
  • (1971) 2,000 Guineas Stakes
  • (1974, 1979) 1,000 Guineas Stakes

 

 

Irish Classic Race wins:

 

  • (1973) Irish 2,000 Guineas Stakes
  • (1959) Irish Derby
  • (1965) Irish St Leger Stakes

 

 

French Classic Race wins:

 

  • (1974) Prix de Diane

 

 

RACING AWARDS

 

  • (1952, 1953) British flat racing Champion Apprentice
  • (1979) British flat racing Champion Jockey

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Joe Mercer‘s nickname is ‘Smokin’ Joe’.

 

He rode a total of 2,810 winners in Britain.

 

1985 in Doncaster, Manchester November Handicap, BOLD REX was his final big victory.

 

1987, he was the subject of a biography by Richard Baerlein: Joe Mercer The Pictorial Biography Queen Anne Press.

 

 

REFERENCE

 

His niece Carolyn is married to Pat Eddery.

 

 

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