Ultimate farewell to former newbie jockey, polo participant and hunt grasp

  • By William Barlow

    Sir John Barlow, the previous newbie jockey, polo participant and grasp of the Cheshire Hunt died on 30 December aged 88.

    He was introduced up in Cheshire and having attended Winchester School, went to Trinity School, Cambridge the place he was grasp of the drag hounds. There, having managed to cover his automobile from the authorities, he spent most early mornings driving out at Newmarket.

    Racing was his foremost sporting ardour and he rode greater than 100 point-to-point winners, and greater than 25 winners below Guidelines within the Fifties, ‘60s and ‘70s. Following retirement from the saddle he was chairman of the Cheshire point-to-point for a few years.

    He was a racecourse steward at Cheltenham, Aintree, Bangor and Chester and a director of Haydock. He was a member of the Jockey Membership and served as a steward.

    In the summertime he performed polo at Cheshire within the household group along with his father and brothers, and attained a handicap of three. The group had some notable successes throughout the nation within the Nineteen Sixties and ‘70, and later he was a steward of the Hurlingham Polo Affiliation.

    He was chairman of the Cheshire Hunt after which grasp within the heydays of Johnnie O’ Shea being huntsman. He additionally very a lot favored visiting different packs.

    In enterprise he labored in London, initially in managing the household’s pursuits in Malaysia, then as chairman of Majedie Investments, an funding firm.

    His marriage to Susan (née Horsbrugh Porter) produced 4 sons: William, David, Michael and Charlie, of whom three rode winners in point-to-points, and one was a three-goal polo participant. All proceed Sir John’s curiosity in equestrian sport, as do a lot of his 13 grandchildren.

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