Hyde, Tim

photo courtesy John Griffiths
Irishman Timmy Hyde, born in 1908, made his first assault on the Grand National some thirty years later.
Riding the seven year old Cabin Fire, he fell in the 1938 renewal.
It took just a year to put the score right.
 
Workman, left, ridden by J Brogan, had won that race, but in 1939, Timmy Hyde took over the reins. Bringing Workman to the front after clearing Valentine's, only a fall could deny him victory as his closest rival, Black Hawk, came down.
Timmy only had to keep riding to hold off Macmoffat  by three lengths.
 
As the regular rider of the brilliant Prince Regent, another National seemed certain to come his way, but the Second World War intervened.
 
Timmy rode in the 1940 National, pulling up on Sterling Duke. It was to be the only National to be held during  the hostilities.
 
Timmy had started out, like most other jockeys, in the show-jumping ring.
As a jockey, he first sprung to prominence when winning the 1938 Irish Grand National on Clare County. His performance had been noted by ex-jockey Jack Ruttle, then training in Celbridge, Co. Dublin. Jack persuaded the youngster to turn professional. Timmy did so, and promptly rode Jack's Workman to Grand National glory.
 
Timmy rode Prince Regent during the war: they enjoyed much success together including the 1942 Irish Grand National. Timmy partnered Prince Regent in 28 consecutive races, winning 12. They also landed the Cheltenham Gold Cup together (1946).
 
With the war over, Timmy and Prince Regent finally got to Aintree, but it was now too late.
The horse, then an 11 year old, was given 12st 5lb to carry on atrocious ground. There was a glimmer of a chance when still in front jumping the last, but Lovely Cottage swept into the lead on the run-in. Price Regent was caught and passed not far from the line by Jack Finlay to finish a respectable third.
 
Timmy and Prince Regent attempted to win the race twice more but the handicapper was merciless and the partnership was beaten on both occasions.

Tim began training, sending out horses from his Camas Park stables in Tipperary.
 
In 1951, Timmy, then showjumping, took stable apprentice Tommy Kinane to a show at Clonakilty, County Cork.
Here he suffered the fall every jockey dreads: he was left paralysed and permanently confined to a wheelchair.   He died in 1967.


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