Barry Brogan

BARRY BROGAN was one of the finest jockeys of his generation. A leading amateur rider in his native Ireland, he made his name in Britain with trainer Ken Oliver in Scotland, riding prolific winners Billy Bow, Even Keel, The Spaniard and Drumikill, the last-named finishing runner- up to the great Persian War in the Champion Hurdle in 1969. The previous year, Brogan had ridden Moidore`s Token to finish second to Red Alligator in the Grand National.

Brogan`s best seasons were 1970/71, when he was nearly champion jockey, finishing only nine winners behind Graham Thorner, and 1971/72, when he won 70 races in his first season as Fulke Walwyn`s stable jockey in Lambourn.

For Walwyn, he had his most notable success on The Dikler in the King George VI Chase, and was placed on the same horse in the 1971 and 1972 Cheltenham Gold Cups. But when The Dikler won the 1973 Gold Cup under Ron Barry, Brogan, then in the grip of alcoholism, was reported to be drying out in a Dublin clinic.

He surrendered his licence to ride and, despite returning midway through the following season, struggled to rebuild his career. His final winner came in the spring of 1977.

His subsequent travails and misdemeanours were recounted in gory detail in his autobiography The Barry Brogan Story, written with the News Of The World`s Brian Radford and published in 1981. There, among other things, he admitted to accepting payments for tips, taking money to fix races, begging, alcoholism and compulsive gambling.

However, Brogan`s fall from grace was public knowledge long before then. In 1978, at Gloucester Crown Court, he was given an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting dishonestly obtaining more than pounds 5,000 from the Weatherbys accounts of leading jump jockeys Tommy Stack and Jimmy Bourke.

The court was told that, though Brogan was staying with Terry Biddlecombe, he was unemployed and homeless, and that his career had failed due to his drinking. Later, because the offences were racing-related, he was warned off by the Jockey Club for three years.

Worse was to come. His suspended jail sentence was activated when he got into further trouble in Edinburgh. On that occasion he was sent to prison for three months after admitting taking pounds 2,000 from a car he later reported stolen. He had lost the money in a Ladbrokes betting shop.


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Irish national jockey Barry Brogan, race results and info

Barry Brogan Horses

The Dikler
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The Dikler winner of the 1973 Cheltenham Gold Cup, ridden by jockey Ron Barry and trained by Fulke Walwyn on behalf of owner Peggy August

Barry Brogan Competition Results

01 - Kempton Park, King George VI Chase Cup - 26/12/1971 - The Dikler
The Dickler, ridden by Barry Brogan