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John Scott (horseman)

John Scott
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Great Britain
Birth date 1794
Death date 1871
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Ascot Gold Cup (1834, 1836, 1837, 1854)
Doncaster Gold Cup (1835, 1836, 1839, 1849)
Northumberland Plate (1836)

British Classic Race wins:
2,000 Guineas (7)
1,000 Guineas (4)
Epsom Oaks (8)
Epsom Derby (5)
St. Leger Stakes (16)
Significant horses
Touchstone, Canezou, The Baron
West Australian, Imperieuse, The Marquis

John Scott (1794-1871) was the preeminent horse trainer in British Thoroughbred racing during the 19th century. Known as "The Wizard of the North," he was a brother to the successful jockey Bill Scott.

During his career, John Scott trained for notable owners such as the 14th Earl of Derby, the 6th Viscount Falmouth, and John Bowes. He also trained for Edward Petre of Stapleton Park in Darrington parish, North Yorkshire who owned Whitewall Stables in Malton. When Petre went bankrupt in the early 1840s, Scott acquired the operation which remains in business to this day.

Between 1827 and 1863, John Scott won a record forty British Classic Races and in 1853 became the first trainer to win the English Triple Crown when his colt West Australian won the 2,000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, and the St. Leger Stakes.

John Scott died in 1876. A miniature watercolour portrait titled "John Scott of Whitewall Malton" from the English School (19th century) is on display at the Bowes Museum. His Whitewall Stables is today owned by trainer Mark Campion.

Selected major race wins

  • 2,000 Guineas - (7) - Meteor (1842), Cotherstone (1843), Nunnykirk (1849), West Australian (1853), Fazzoletto (1856), The Wizard (1860), The Marquis (1862)
  • 1,000 Guineas - (4) - Canezou (1848), Imperieuse (1857), Sagitta (1860), Hurricane (1862)
  • Epsom Oaks - (8) - Cyprian (1836), Industry (1838), Ghuznee (1841), The Princess (1844), Iris (1851), Songstress (1852), Marchioness (1855), Queen Bertha (1863)
  • Epsom Derby - (5) - Mündig (1835), Attila (1842), Cotherstone (1843), Daniel O'Rourke (1852), West Australian 1853)
  • St. Leger Stakes - (16) - Matilda (1827), The Colonel (1828), Rowton (1829), Margrave (1832), Touchstone (1834), Don John (1838), Charles XII (1839), Launcelot (1840), Satirist (1841), The Baron (1845), Newminster (1851), West Australian (1853), Warlock (1856), Imperieuse (1857), Gamester (1859), The Marquis (1862)
  • Ascot Gold Cup † - (3) - Touchstone (1836, 1837), West Australian (1854)
  • Doncaster Gold Cup † - (4) - Touchstone (1835, 1836) Charles XII (1839), Canezou (1849)

† Note: Scott may have won more editions of the Ascot Gold Cup, Doncaster Gold Cup, and the Northumberland Plate than reopted here.



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