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Graham Bradley
Graham Bradley
Graham Bradley was a colourful jockey with a colourful career
Controversial, but extremely popular with the racing public.

Graham Bradley has had what can only be described as a colourful career in the world of racing.

He retired in 1999, with a string of major race wins under his belt, and became a bloodstock agent, buying horses for people such as footballers Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.

But his 12 year career as a jockey was littered with accusations and run-ins with the authorities.

Best friend

He was given a two month suspension in 1982 for placing a bet whilst in the ring.

But most notably Bradley was arrested and charged in 1999 as part of a long-running investigation into alleged race fixing. The charges were later dropped.

Bradley has also admitted in a court case to passing on 'sensitive racing information' to Cocaine smuggler Brian Wright, a man he first met as a jockey in 1984. Surprisingly, Bradley was never disciplined by the Jockey Club for this revelation.

In fact, he still claims to number the wanted criminal as among his best friends.

Wayward lad

Born in 1960 in Wetherby, Yorkshire, Bradley rode his first winner in a novices' hurdle at Sedgefield at the age of 20.

Working for the Michael Dickenson stable, Bradley quickly became a successful rider - winning the 1982 Hennessy Gold Cup and the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He also rode winners in the Welsh National and memorably won the King George VI Chase in 1985 on 'Wayward Lad'. The name of the horse was later used as the title for his autobiography.

Bradley's career faltered in the late 1980s but he was given a new lease of life in 1991, when trainer Charlie Brooks appointed him as stable jockey.

One of his biggest successes came under Brooks, when he won the 1996 Champion Hurdle on Collier Bay.

Another notable win in Bradley's career came in 1997 when he rode Suny Bay to victory in Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup.


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