John Porter (horseman)

John Porter (Horseman)

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John Porter (1838–1922) was an English Thoroughbred flat racing trainer whose horses won the English Triple Crown three times.


Born in Rugeley, Staffordshire, the National Horseracing Museum says that John Porter "was undoubtedly the most successful trainer of the Victorian era."

From 1854 to 1855, John Porter worked at Downs House in Stable Lane, Findon, West Sussex. Stable owner Henry Padwick entrusted the astute sixteen-year-old with the stables' financial administration and responsibility for the yard's management.

Porter trained horses that won twenty three of the British Classic Races, including seven in England's most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby. His Triple Crown wins came with Ormonde (1886), Common (1891), and Flying Fox (1899).

An owner of Kingsclere Stables near Newbury, Berkshire, Porter was also a founder of Newbury Racecourse and served as its managing director.

John Porter retired from racing in 1905. The John Porter Stakes at Newbury Racecourse is a 1 ½-mile race for older horses named in his honor.


  • John Porter of Kingsclere an Autobiography (1919) Grant Richards
  • Bloodstock Breeders Review, the British Bloodstock Agency

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