Brian Fletcher (born 1948) is an English Jockey notable for riding the horse Red Rum to win the Grand National in 1973 and 1974 and for second place in 1975. He first won the Grand National at the age of 19, in 1968 riding Red Alligator. He retired in 1976 with head injury. Apart from Ernie Piggott, Lester Piggott's grandfather, George Stevens who won five times in the 19th century, Brian Fletcher is the only jockey to have won the Grand National three times. Winning the Scottish National in 1974, Brian Fletcher is one of only three jockeys, with Graham Lee and Ruby Walsh, to achieve a "Grand National Double". His winning, record time on Red Rum in the 1973 Grand National was to stand for 17 years till beaten by Mr. Frisk ridden by Marcus Armitage.
Fletcher was born and brought up in the Cockfield area of County Durham. He now farms sheep and breeding Welsh Cobs on a 36-acre (150,000 m2) farm in Carmarthenshire, Wales.Since his move to Wales, Brian Fletcher takes part in Harness Racing, winning driving Hendre Harrier in September 2004 at Ammanford and occasionally is invited as VIP to racing meets in the UK.
- ↑ Philip, Robert (2003-04-04). "Red Rum Remains the People's Champion". London: The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2399122/Red-Rum-remains-people's-champion.html. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
- ↑ "Fletcher's Given a Rum Deal by Barker and Co.". The Northern Echo. 2004-05-18. http://archive.thenorthernecho.co.uk/2004/5/21/51602.html. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
- ↑ "Fletcher Happy in Pastures New". The Northern Echo. 2004-05-01. http://archive.thenorthernecho.co.uk/2004/5/21/51602.html. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
- ↑ Ammanford Racing Results
- ↑ Aintree Legend Opens the Day in Winning Post
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