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John Porter (horseman)

John Porter
As depicted by Liborio Prosperi in Vanity Fair, 12 October 1889
Occupation Racehorse trainer
Birthplace Rugeley, Staffordshire, England
Birth date 2nd March, 1838
Death date 21st February 1922
Career wins 1863 to 1905
Races won: 1063
Prize Money won: £787,583 (win & place)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
2,000 Guineas Stakes, Newmarket
1882 Shotover
1885 Paradox
1886 Ormonde
1891 Common
1899 Flying Fox
1,000 Guineas Stakes, Newmarket
1885 Farewell
1892 La Fleche
Epsom Derby Stakes, Epsom
1868 Blue Gown
1882 Shotover
1883 St Blaise
1886 Ormonde
1890 Sainfoin
1891 Common
1899 Flying Fox
Oaks Stakes, Epsom
1882 Geheimniss
1892 La Fleche
1900 La Roche
St. Leger Stakes, Doncaster
1869 Pero Gomez
1886 Ormonde
1891 Common
1892 La Fleche
1894 Throstle
1899 Flying Fox

John Porter (1838-1922) was an English Thoroughbred flat racing trainer whose horses won the English Triple Crown three times.


Born in Rugeley, Staffordshire, the National Horseracing Museum says that John Porter "was undoubtedly the most successful trainer of the Victorian era."

From 1854 to 1855, John Porter worked at Downs House in Stable Lane, Findon, West Sussex. Stable owner Henry Padwick entrusted the astute sixteen-year-old with the stables' financial administration and responsibility for the yard's management.

Porter trained horses that won twenty three of the British Classic Races, including seven in England's most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby. His Triple Crown wins came with Ormonde (1886), Common (1891), and Flying Fox (1899).

An owner of Kingsclere Stables near Newbury, Berkshire, Porter was also a founder of Newbury Racecourse and served as its managing director.

John Porter retired from racing in 1905. The John Porter Stakes at Newbury Racecourse is a 1 ½-mile race for older horses named in his honor.


  • John Porter of Kingsclere an Autobiography (1919) Grant Richards
  • Bloodstock Breeders Review, the British Bloodstock Agency

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