Poincelet, Roger


Roger Poincelet was one of the finest French Flat jockeys ever, yet he had success over the jumps before his remarkable Flat career began.

His first of over 3,000 winners was Prince Aly Khan's Manchuria on May 17 1937.

Poincelet won five classics in England; Thunderhead (2,000 Guineas,1952), Never Too Late (1,000 Guineas & Oaks, 1960), Hula Dancer (1,000 Guineas, 1963) and Psidium the complete outsider in the Epsom Derby of 1961.

Psidium was the less-favoured stable companion; Sovrango, who finished fourth, was the stable's number one. Psidium was kept at the back of the field until reaching Tattenham Corner when Poincelet brought the horse on the far outside to become the longest priced Derby winner for 48 years.

Roger Poincelet began training in 1971.

On Tuesday, November 1st 1977, having suffered a long and painful illness, Roger died in a Paris hospital. He was 57.


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