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Nat Flatman

Nat Flatman
Nat Flatman aboard Preserve at Newmarket Racecourse
1835 painting by John Frederick Herring, Jr.
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Great Britain
Birth date 1810
Death date 1860
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Goodwood Cup
(1834, 1837, 1852)
Molecomb Stakes
(1835, 1847, 1851, 1854, 1858)
St. James's Palace Stakes
(1835, 1845, 1846, 1848)
Stewards' Cup (1841, 1846)
Nassau Stakes
(1842, 1843, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1859)
July Stakes (1843)
Coronation Stakes
(1844, 1845, 1848, 1849, 1851)
Ascot Gold Cup (1846)
Doncaster Gold Cup (1850)

British Classic Race wins:
1,000 Guineas (1835, 1847, 1857)
Epsom Derby (1844)
2,000 Guineas (1845, 1851, 1856)
St. Leger Stakes (1848, 1856, 1857)

International race wins:

Prix du Cadran (1843, 1845)
Prix du Jockey Club (1837, 1846, 1856)
Prix de Diane (1850, 1852)
Grand Critérium (1855, 1856)
Racing awards
British flat racing Champion Jockey
Nat Flatman Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, England
Significant horses
Voltigeur, Preserve, Orlando, Alarm

Elnathan "Nat" Flatman (1810–1860) was a British Champion flat racing jockey. He began his thirty-four-year racing career as an apprentice jockey at age fifteen. By 1840 he was dominating British racing, winning the Champion Jockey title thirteen years in a row.

During his career, Nat Flatman won many important Thoroughbred horse races in England including ten Classics. Often recorded as "E. Flatman," in France he is listed as Edward Flatman who traveled there to compete in several major races. Included in his French successes were three wins in the then most prestigious horse race in France, the Prix du Jockey Club, and two wins in the most prestigious race for fillys, the Prix de Diane.

Flatman had his portrait painted by equine artist Harry Hall (1814-1882) and by John Frederick Herring, Sr. (1795-1865) and his son, John Herring, Jr. (1820-1907). [1]

Nat Flatman retired from racing in 1859 and died the following year. The epitaph on his headstone in All Saints Church, in the renowned English racing town of Newmarket states that he was "known to be honest, sober, discreet and plain living." The town later named a street in Nat Flatman's honour.


  1. "Works by John F. Herring, Jr., top $80,000 at Little sale" (news), ClickPress, July 2007, webpage: CP-JFHjr: auction - works by "John F. Herring, Jr. (1820-1907) sold for more than $80,000" at Hillsborough, NC June 9, 2007.


  • Tanner, Michael and Cranham, Gerry "Great Jockeys of the Flat - A celebration of two centuries of jockeyship" (1992) Guinness ISBN 978-0851129891


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