Photo gallery

Here are some pictures from Richard’s racing days:

Pendil leaps the open ditch in third place before going on to win the 1972 King George VI Chase at Kempton

Killiney on his way to victory at the Cheltenham festival

Richard wins the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in 1972 on Charlie Potheen trained ‘over the wall’ from Uplands at Saxon House by the great Fulke Walwyn

Spit and polish in the tack room

The team at Uplands, Fred Winter’s Lambourn yard

Lanzarote blunders this time

A fine jump from Champion Hurdler Lanzarote

Coming back in at Cheltenham with the 1973 Champion Hurdle safely won on Lanzarote

Not quite a thoroughbred!

Richard explains how it went after another victory on the great Killiney

Richard and his boss, Fred Winter

Meeting the Queen Mum, a great racing fan

The inner sanctum – the changing room: valet Joe Ballanger looks after the jockeys

A man of leisure!


Richard and Jenny

Pit the Younger! Richard’s son Paul

Dual Whitbread Gold Cup winner (’68 & ’69) Larbawn takes it easy on holiday

Richard and Jenny Pitman

1973 GN

Heartbreak as Crisp is caught in the dying strides of the 1973 National by Red Rum who was in receipt of a weight concession of 25 lbs from the great Australian ‘chaser

Crisp is led back in after his valiant attempt to beat the greatest Grand National horse of all time, Red Rum

Crisp clears the Canal Turn a long way in front of the remainder of the 1973 Grand National field

Teaching a two-year-old to jump

The official photo-finish print of the 1973 Cheltenham Gold Cup where Richard was beaten a short head by Ron Barry on The Dikler

A study in symmetry

Pendil studies his reflection crossing the water jump at Kempton Park

Richard on the outside of Phil Blacker and Richard Smith at Newbury

Unbeaten in 9 steeplechases, and a winner of 6 races over hurdles, the ill-fated Killiney, one of Richard’s favourite mounts, broke a shoulder at Ascot in 1973 and had to be euthanised

Aboard the great Crisp at the Parade of Champions, Wembley, 1975

Looking not unlike a young Lester Piggott, Richard gives it some welly!

Richard makes his racecourse debut on Rossagio

Richard scrambles back aboard faller Vickrom and goes on to win the race by six lengths. Remounting during a race is now banned.

Richard’s boss, the great Fred Winter, consoles him after Pendil’s short-head defeat in the 1973 Cheltenham Gold Cup

A dour Willie Shoemark and Richard

Explaining to Ron Smyth what went wrong

A skinny bunch prepare for the National (Richard, top, centre)



Sweating on Grand National morning

Richard and Pendil at Kempton Park

LtoR: Eddie Harty, Richard and Tommy Carberry jumping Becher’s Brook


Brian Delaney and the hatless Stephen Stanhope apply the blinkers before Richard sets out for a schooling session

Richard aboard the great Pendil in the Cheltenham Gold Cup



6 Responses

  1. Tom Doughty
    Tom Doughty · May 13, 2014 at 20:26:55 · →

    Some great photos evoking great memories (well mostly).

    Still looking for Ed Byrne’s photo of you and Pendil. Definitely an iconic phot but seemingly lost. I had a copy of it (very small) in an old Haig Handicap Annual but alas that is lost too.

    Pendil….still love the horse.

    1. Tom Wright
      Tom Wright · February 2, 2016 at 16:15:08 · →

      Hello Tom. Totally agree with you .Was the photo of Ed Byrne the one in The King George at Kempton ?

  2. Tom Wright
    Tom Wright · February 2, 2016 at 16:07:31 · →

    Absolutely marvellous memories Richard. Love the photo of the lads at Lambourn with Mr. Winter. Pendil the best chaser never to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup so unlucky on both occasions . Woukld have enjoyed working at a top yard like Mr. Winter’s ,as it was I worked in a small yard still thoroughly enjoyable.

  3. Bryn Mallindine
    Bryn Mallindine · March 5, 2016 at 16:22:00 · →

    I’m the lad leaning on the broom on the right hand side. I can still remember all of the lads in the picture.

  4. Bryn Mallindine
    Bryn Mallindine · August 17, 2017 at 22:49:08 · →

    Hi Richard, only just seen your reply. I’m retired and living in Wales. Spent most of my working life owning a haulage business and kept busy with kids on ponies. What are you up to now?

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