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Page 80 of Newmarket: its sports and personalities / by Frank Silzter ; a foreword by the Earl of Durham.

8o Newmarket ST. LEGER 1800. Mr. Christopher Wilson's Champion. 1804. Colonel Mellish's Sancho. and niost of the good things at Newmarket. Honest and straight, a fine representative of Newmarket jockeys was Flatman, better known by the sobriquet of " Nat." The son of a small yeoman farmer, he was born in 1810 at Holton St. Mary in Suffolk and gravitated to Newmarket when a lad less than -4 stone in weight, where he entered the employment of Williamn Cooper, one of the best and most upright trainers of the day, of whose stable Colonel Peel was the presiding genius. His first mount was on Lord Exeter's Golden Pin in 1829, and curiously enough his last upon the Duke of Bedford's Golden Pippin in 1859. During most of his riding career lie could ride 7st. 51b., so he got plenty of mounts, and for seven years (1846 to 1852) headed the list of winning jockeys. In the course of his 30 years of riding, his chief patrons were William Cooper's stable (including Colonel Peel and Captain George Byng), after- wards Mr. Payne, Mr. Greville and Lord Chesterfield and finally Lord Glasgow and the Goodwood Stable. To quote John Kent again": I have often heard him say that there was no stable for which he ro(le with greater pleasure and confidence than the Goodwood Stable, as he always found our horses to be just what they were represented to him before the race. One further trait I must mention, which was, in my opinion, greatly to his credit. No jockey ever rode in more trials than Flatnman did, but not a word as to the results ever escaped his lips. He would stop, for instance, at Bretby, on his way back from Malton, where he had been riding trials for Colonel Anson and John Sco It. Although Colonel Anson and Lord Chesterfield were brothers- in-law, Nat would never consent to say one syllable to Lord Chesterfield, of whom he was very fond, and for whom he had ridden for years, as to the trials in which he had taken part. It is greatly to be regretted that the fidelity, silence, obedience to orders, and general integrity of Flat- man are not more closely copied by his modern successors, some of whom amass in ten years ten times as large a fortune as by steady industry and conscientious honesty he acquired in thirty. John Kent's eulogy of Flatman's loyalty to his employers recalls to me a passage in Sir John Astley's Fifty Years of My Life in which he is discussing another great jockey, George I Racing Life of Lord George Cavendish Bentinck.

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