|Born||5 August 1934|
|Major racing wins|
| Champion Hurdle (1962, 1965)|
Cheltenham Gold Cup (1963)
Grand National (1964)
King George VI Chase (1963)
Hennessy Gold Cup (1961, 1963, 1968)
|Mill House, Mandarin, Man of the West|
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He turned professional in 1956 and over the years had retainers with trainers John Corbett and Dan Moore. After several years in his native Ireland, he moved to England, and for nine years was stable jockey to champion trainer Fulke Walwyn. It was during this period he established a famous rivalry with fellow jockey Pat Taaffe - their respective mounts Mill House and Arkle met in several major races.
After retirement, he became involved in breeding and training.
In 1964, he married Susan Hall whose father, Cyril, managed the Irish Stud.
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