On the day that Mornington Cannon was born, 21st May 1873, his father Tom Cannon had ridden the colt Mornington to victory at Bath. As well as the name, Cannon Snr also passed on his talents of beautiful horsemanship. Morny was still only 13 when he rode his first winner, becoming a leading jockey and Champion 6 times.

Not keen on the new American crouching style which was sweeping the country, Morny made a slight concession by hitching up his stirrup leathers a notch or two. Mornington Cannon would have ridden two Triple Crown winners had not Diamond Jubilee taken exception to him, rolling on him after a gallop just before the 2000 Guineas.

After his days in the saddle Mornington Cannon retired to Brighton where he lived for many years.

INTERESTING FACT: Cannon's great nephew is none other than Lester Piggott.

LOCAL INFO: The public house The Winning Post in Peartree Avenue was believed locally to be named so in honour of 'Morny' who lived at nearby Ridgeway House.

Tom Cannon
TOM CANNON (c1885)
'Morny' Cannon

(Text and Photo above reproduced with kind permission of Mr Alan Grundy at the NATIONAL HORSE RACING MUSEUM www.horseracinghistory.co.uk and the caricatures are from Vanity Fair)


Tom Cannon

Tom Cannon & Plymouth Races. A Winning Start. Elegance. Elegance in the saddle and on foot. Integrity.........Tom Cannon One of the best jockeys ever and perhaps one of the least known. A man whose worth was appreciated at the time though.

Winner of thirteen Classic races including a Derby and St Leger, five times winner of the Grand Prix de Paris. A man who earned the equivalent of six million pounds in his career, very little of which was wasted. He bought land and property, at one time having control over nearly 3,000 acres (some rented) and the house Garlogs and the Grosvenor Hotel, Stockbridge.

Tom Cannon owed his start in racing to a chance meeting between his father, an Eton horse dealer, and William Sextie - a very talented animal painter and trainer. He took on the twelve year old Cannon as an apprentice, and quickly appreciating his talent found him a place with the Day's at Danebury, a much larger and 'fashionable' stable. Thus began a fine career as rider, trainer and owner.

Cannon was born, at Eton, on 23rd April 1846. His first ride was at the Plymouth meeting 21 August 1860 and his first win the next day. He was still then in Sextie's employ. It should be noticed the win was for Lord Portsmouth a relationship which lasted till the Earl's death in 1891 - the year Cannon had his last ride on Bendetto, at Kempton.

Tom Cannon died at the Grosvenor Hotel on 13 July 1917 in his 72nd year.

(Text and Photo above reproduced with kind permission of John Slusar of WWW.GREYHOUNDDERBY.COM)