Joe Mercer, riding great in Flat’s golden era for jockeys, dies aged 86

By: Tony Paley Tuesday 18 May 2021
  • Mercer partnered legendary horse Brigadier Gerard
  • Jockey rode eight Classic winners in a stellar turf career

Joe Mercer, jockey of the legendary racehorse Brigadier Gerard and one of the riding greats during a golden era in Flat racing, has died at the age of 86.

The popular rider enjoyed a lengthy career at the top of the game after becoming champion apprentice in 1953, riding over 2,800 winners in a remarkable 36 seasons in the saddle. He partnered his last winner in 1985 and was made an OBE in 1980 for his services to the sport.

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Brighton 12.30 Wiff Waff 1.00 Neminos 1.35 Attaboy Roy 2.10 Holdenhurst 2.45 Lankaran 3.20 Widaad 3.55 Send In The Clouds 4.25 Raihaan

Nottingham 1.10 Tyson 1.45 King Of Clubs 2.20 Legendary Day 2.55 Horsefly 3.30 Call My Bluff 4.00 Annie Rose 4.30 The Thin Blue Line

Wolverhampton 1.20 Clifftop Heaven 1.55 Nacho 2.30 Doc Sportello 3.05 Boomshalaa 3.40 Lofty 4.10 Great King 4.45 Kayfast Warrior 5.,15 The Tide Turns

Huntingdon 4.55 Finistere 5.25 Karannelle 5.55 Iconic Muddle 6.25 Kloud Gate 6.55 Joly Maker (nap) 7.25 Coeur Serein (nb) 7.55 Dolphin Square

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