Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Helen Johnson Houghton diesHeadlines
Trainer Eve Johnson Houghton

Former trainer Helen Johnson Houghton died on Tuesday night at the age of 102.

Although not officially in the record books, Johnson Houghton was the first female trainer to win an English Classic when 50-1 chance Gilles De Retz took the 2000 Guineas in 1956.

Due to Jockey Club restrictions at the time, only men were allowed to hold a training licence so the colt had to run under the name of her assistant, Charles Jerdein.

Johnson Houghton, who was the twin sister of legendary trainer Fulke Walwyn, had taken over the running of the historic Woodway stable in Oxfordshire after the death of her husband, Gordon.

Her son, also Fulke, took over the licence in the 1960s, but Helen was always involved in the operation and even rode out until she was in her 80s.

"She was extraordinary in so many ways, and a pioneer in racing," said her granddaughter Eve Johnson Houghton, who now trains at Woodway.

"She lived to a fair old age, and, although in a way we were expecting it, we're still in shock."

4 September 2015

Richard Hughes set for first runner as a trainer at Epsom next week
Charming Thought return put on hold by Charlie Apppleby
Richard Hannon hoping Ivawood proves Superior at Haydock
King Of Rooks targets Sirenia success at Kempton for Richard Hannon
Appleby watches Haydock weather ahead of Danzeno's Sprint test
William Buick 'privileged' to be part of Jack Hobbs' Arc preparation
Charlie Hills' Magical Memory ready for Haydock Sprint Cup test
Johnny Murtagh eager for Doncaster Legends challenge
Curragh and Ascot options for James Fanshawe's Speedy Boarding
Irish St Leger and Enterprise options for Panama Hat
Royal Ascot winner Richard Pankhurst strikes on Haydock comeback
1000 Guineas runner-up Lucida retired after suffering injury
Graham Bradley withdraws application for training licence
La Rioja produces vintage performance in Dick Poole at Salisbury
American Pharoah set to race on in Breeders' Cup Classic
Weather conditions crucial to Leopardstown or Longchamp for Arabian Queen
Ventura Storm sets up Longchamp trip with Salisbury win
Veteran trainer Clive Brittain on retirement: The time is right
John Gosden 'looking forward' to running Golden Horn in Irish Champion

3 September 2015

Curragh outing among races under consideration for top-class mare Ribbons
Saeed bin Suroor to take steady steps with Wadi Al Hattawi
Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs to face six in Kempton heat
Henry Candy errs on the side of caution with Limato
Wayne Lordan retains faith in Gordon Lord Byron ahead of Haydock Sprint Cup
Nigel Twiston-Davies eyes up Cesarewitch bid for Sands Of Fortune
Promising Rosina to be give Flying Childers entry by Ann Duffield
John Oxx retires My Titania
James Fanshawe delighted with winning start for well-bred Fly at Lingfield
Willie McCreery open-minded on Devonshire plans
Brendan Powell: Dark Emerald sparkling for Haydock clash
Buratino and Washington DC star in Newbury's Mill Reef Stakes entries
Newmarket's Joel Stakes an option for Clive Cox's Kodi Bear
Candy hopeful that La Rioja will handle soft Salisbury ground
De Sousa takes Haydock Sprint ride on Magical Memory
Stoute's Cannock Chase likely to step up in distance

2 September 2015

Sabrina Harty watching ground for Doncaster raiding party
Vengeur Masque facing crucial St Leger workout
James Toller admits 'relief' at training retirement decision
ARC planning new stand for Bath racecourse
Simon Dow savours Epsom 'fairytale' with El Campeon
Olly Stevens rocked by Extortionist death
Gleneagles given Breeders' Cup Classic aim by Aidan O'Brien
Dandy Nicholls has Haydock in mind for Sovereign Debt
Beautiful Romance flies Godolphin flag on Champions Day
Jane Chapple-Hyam facing Cesarewitch dilemma with Twisler
Sam Waley-Cohen reveals Long Run hunter chase plan
Barande-Barbe eyes Champion at Leopardstown with Cirrus
Dettori likely for Danzeno Haydock ride

1 September 2015

Sore Sumbal swerves St Leger at Doncaster
Goodwood winner Alamode beguiles Marcus Tregoning
Hannon plots Curragh route with Moyglare-bound Great Page
Autumn aims for Meade's Rookie
Turner confirms retirement plan
Mullins hails Fly achievements
Cadran target for Litigant
Park option for Naadirr
Cadeaux leads Cup contenders
Turner calls time on riding career
Pendleton so close to dream success
Whitman lifts Trophy for Johnston
Hobbs stars in Kempton entry
Mullins hails 'legend' Hurricane
Super Fly bows out
Belardo has six appeal - Varian
Time called on Telescope career
Charline chasing Curragh cash

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2015