Thirlwell, Dan

Dan, christened Dennis, Thirlwell was one of the neatest and most accomplished riders of his era.
In the paddock and dressed in the cerise, French grey sleeves and cap colours of Dick Marsh, Thirlwell could match the looks and sex appeal of the day's greatest pin up. 

He was the son of a farmer in Upmarden, Sussex, and the brother-in-law of Richard Marsh, for whom he rode.
He was a high-class amateur, and an amusing and talented man being also a musician.

He rode four winners at Croydon on March 5, 1884 (including a walk-over).

In 1902, he was presented with  silver salver from his brother-in-law. Dan rode over 300 winners including 21 on The Sinner, 19 in succession. He also won 15 races on The Captain and 14 on Eau de Vie.

Dan Thirlwell died at Worthing on August 31 1935, aged 75. 

Big races he won included:
Prince of Wales Chase: (twice) Eau de Vie (1884) & The Captain (1885)
Liverpool Hurdle: Zeus (1884)
Grand National Hurdle: Fenelon (1885)
Grand International Hurdle: Boldero (1885)
Old Badeb Hunt Chase (Germany): The Captain (1885)

A book detailing many of the amateur jockeys who rode in the early Nationals is available by clicking here.
You will find Mr Dan Thirlwell on page 347.

photo courtesy John Griffiths