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Willie Carson Biography

Willie Carson was born November 16, 1942 and is a retiredjockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

Best known as Willie, Carson was born inStirling, Scotland. In 1957 he was apprenticed to Captain Gerald Armstrong athis stables at Tupgill, North Yorkshire. His first winner in Britain wasPinker's Pond in a seven-furlong apprentice handicap at Catterick BridgeRacecourse on 19 July 1962.

He was British Champion Jockey five times (1972, 1973, 1978,1980 and 1983), won 17 British Classic Races, and passed 100 winners in aseason 23 times for a total of 3,828 wins, making him the fourth mostsuccessful jockey in Great Britain.

Willie Carson's best season as a jockey came in 1990 when herode 187 winners, including riding 6 winners on the card at NewcastleRacecourse in June, one of only four jockeys to complete this feat during the20th century. Curiously he only came second in the 1990 jockey's championshipto Pat Eddery who rode 209 winners.

Carson had a long association with trainer Major Dick Hernfor whom he rode his first 3 Derby winners. Five feet tall and riding at aneasily maintained weight of 7st 10 lbs he was much in demand as a jockey up tohis retirement in 1996 at the age of 54.

In 1980 he took over the Minster House Stud at Ampney Crucisnear Cirencester and he and his wife Elaine have developed it into a state ofthe art stud complex. He is almost certainly the only jockey in the 20thcentury to have ridden a horse that he bred, Minster Son, to victory in one ofthe Classic races, the St. Leger Stakes 1988. He and his wife have 3 sonsAnthony, Neil, and Ross.

In 1983, Willie Carson was made a Member of the Order of theBritish Empire for his services to horse racing.

From 1982 to 1983 Carson joined Bill Beaumont as one of theteam captains for A Question of Sport. With Clare Balding, Carson nowco-presents BBC horse racing coverage.

He was chairman of Swindon Town FC from 2001 until August2007 when, following a takeover of the club by Best Holdings SGPS S.A he wasreplaced by Jim Little. Swindon Town are now run by Andrew Fitton and his consortium.

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