Alfred Newey Grand National 1907

Alfred Newey won the Grand National on Eremon in 1907

Alfred Newey was born in Cradley in 1882.  Alf’s family came from Cradley, his father’s work as a coal miner having taken them to Yorkshire.  As Alfred was interested in horses at age19 he started working at a local stables in Brereton, Lichfield and in 1902 applied for a jockey’s licence. In the years to come he was runner up in the Jockeys Table, won the 1907 Grand National on Eremon, the Scottish Grand National on Creoline and the Welsh Champion Hurdles on Assaroe. He later trained at Hednesford and sent out Gracious Gift to win the Liverpool Foxhunters. Alf had come third in the 1905 Grand National and in 1907 Eremon was a relative novice. Eremon was though expected to perform very well which his 8-1 odds showed. During the race the jockey broke a stirrup at the first fence but did well enough to stay on and lead at the Canal Turn on the first circuit before another strange Grand National event took place when Rathvale who had unseated it’s jockey came up alongside Eremon and tried to viciously bite the horse. Alfred Newey tried to scare the horse away with his whip but with no success as the pair raced side-by-side for an entire circuit until he finally pulled away to win the race over Tom West by six lengths. Alas, shortly after his Aintree triumph, Eremon got loose at exercise and was fatally injured. Alf married Gertrude Corbett in June 1907 and they are recorded on the 1911 census as residing at Prospect House, Hednesford, Alf now a jockey and trainer, with 9 employees.

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