Thomas Richard Dunwoody MBE
(born 18 January 1964 in Belfast
, Northern Ireland
) is a retired British jockey
in National Hunt racing
. He was a three-time Champion Jockey
, riding 1699 British winners in his career. His father was a leading Point to Point
rider. Family all from Ireland and England.
His big race victories include the King George VI Chase
four times on the legendary grey Desert Orchid
1989 and 1990, and One Man
1995 and 1996. He also won the 1986
& 1994 Grand Nationals
on West Tip
respectively, and the 1988 Cheltenham Gold Cup
on Charter Party
.He received the Lester Award
for Jump Jockey of the Year
on five occasions.
He is Patron or Trustee for the charities; Sparks, Spinal Research and Racing Welfare.
On 18 January 2008, it was reported that he and American explorer Doug Stoup
had reached the South Pole
following a 48 day trek raising money for charity. Their route followed one which had previously been attempted by Ernest Shackleton
and was both the first successful completion of that route on foot as well the first successfully completed new route to the South Pole in ten years.
Thousand-miles in a Thousand-hours
On 29 May 2009, Richard started a 1000 Mile Challenge for charity and walk the same mile 1000 consecutive times in Newmarket for 1000 consecutive hours with the last mile up the home straight of Newmarket racecourse just before the Bunbury Cup... Read More