Trainers Before World War II
From John Porter to Frank Butters

During the period going from the last two decades of the XIX
century to the end of the II World War, the quality of racing
was mostly in England. Along this period, whenever great
trainers are under discussion five names are easy to be
detect; John Porter, Alec Taylor (18621943),
George Lambton (1860-1945), Fred Darling (1884-1953) and
Frank Butters (1879-1957). From Kingsclere, Manton,
Newmarket and Backhampton they shaped their destinies
preparing the great horses of their time.


The evolution of the thoroughbred tribe has depended
on the continuous tests at the racetracks. The thoroughbred
racehorse is the most perfect of all athletes
and the one requiring the highly tempered physique.

Bone muscle, skin, heart, lungs and determination, all must
be tested in racing competition. Nothing could be a better
parameter of racing ability than the British Classics for the
period requested above. The Derby was run the first time
in 1780 at Epson From 1780 to 1783 the distance was 1 mile,
raised to 1 miles in 1784. During the I World War years
from 1915 to 1918, for military reasons a substitute race was
run in Newmarket, over the same distance and on the same
day of the year, but over an entirely different course. The
Epson Oaks, an event closely related to the Derby was run
for the first time in 1779 and during the I World Wr years also
run at Newmarket. From 1779 to to 1783 like the Derby the
distance was a mile, raised to 1 miles, as for the Derby,
in 1784. The St. Leger from Doncaster, is the oldest classic.
Disputed in Yorkshire along 1mile and six furlongs, was run t
he first time in 1776. The last of the two classics are the
Guineas. The 2,000 for colts and the 1,000 for fillies, both
disputed at over the Rowley Mile of Newmarket.

Together, Porter, Taylor, Lambton, Darling and Butters won
an impressive number of  these British classics: 21 Derbies,
19 Oaks, 25 Guineas and 23 St. Legers.  But in my belief
these five men were responsible not only for 88 classic victories.
They are the architects with the responsibility to build the
pillars and the new profile of the modern classic pedigrees,
with their acknowledge and their skills. They did it!

These five trainers began an enterprise, which was to write
the first historic chapter of the tremendous change in the
history of horse racing.
What they did it?
 John Porter the wizard of Kingsclere prepared 22 classic winners
 Alec Taylor the wizard of Manton saddled 20 classic winners.
 George Lambton the man behind Lord Derby was responsible
for 13 classic winners.
 Fred Darling the master of Backhampton won 19 classic races
 The Austrian Frank Butters prepared 15 classic winners.
Taylor &



"The thoroughbred racehorse is the most
perfect of
all athletes and the one
requiring the  highly tempered
physique. Any human creature has to
have  a special gift to
thoroughbreds. Good blessed few trainers
with this perception. We will talk about
some of them.
Renato Gameiro




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