Fred Darling

Fred Darling
Occupation Trainer
Born 1884
United Kingdom
Died 1953
Major racing wins
British Classic Race wins as trainer:
2000 Guineas (5)
1000 Guineas (2)
Epsom Derby (7)
Epsom Oaks (2)
St Leger (3)[1]
Racing awards
British flat racing Champion Trainer (1926, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947)
Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury Racecourse
Significant horses
Hurry On, Captain Cuttle, Manna, Coronach, Cameronian, Bois Roussel, Pont l'Eveque, Owen Tudor, Big Game, Sun Chariot, Tudor Minstrel

Frederick Darling (1884–1953) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse trainer who trained a record-equalling seven English Derby winners.

Fred's father, Sam Darling senior, was a trainer at Beckhampton, Wiltshire who trained two Derby winners himself. Fred initially started training National Hunt racehorses for Lady de Bathe at Kentford near Newmarket, and then went to train in Germany. He returned to Britain in 1913 to take over the Beckhampton stables when his father retired and continued to train there until his own retirement in 1947. He was succeeded as trainer at Beckhampton by Noel Murless.

Amongst his most successful horses were Hurry On, the unbeaten St. Leger winner of 1916; Sun Chariot who won three British Classic Races in 1942; and Tudor Minstrel, the 2,000 Guineas winner of 1947. From 1932 until his retirement Darling's stable jockey was Gordon Richards.

He is commemorated by the Fred Darling Stakes, run at Newbury Racecourse.

Fred Darling was Champion Trainer six times - in 1926, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1947.

As well as a trainer, he was also a breeder of thoroughbreds and bred Pinza, who won the Derby in 1953.

He trained the winners of 19 English Classic Races as follows;

2,000 Guineas (5)

1,000 Guineas (2)

Epsom Derby (7)

Epsom Oaks (2)

St. Leger Stakes (3)


  1. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1990). Horse Racing: Records, Facts, Champions (Third Edition). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-902-1.

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