Beasley, Pat

Born in Ireland on August 9, 1906, Patrick Thomas Beasley was the son of H. Beasley, who won the Grand National on 
Come Away in 1891.

He was educated at Amplefort College in Yorkshire and, always known as Rufus (from the colour of his hair), had great charm beneath his soft brogue. He wore a faraway look that suggested absent-mindedness, and his slight stoop disguised the tough, intelligent rider that he was.

Pat was never formally apprenticed - instead, he rode first as an amateur then as a professional in Ireland from 1923 until June 1926 when he came to England. He was retained by Jim Joel in 1928.

In 1930, riding for trainer Victor Gilpin, he won the Ascot Stakes (Bonny Boy ll), St James's Palace Stakes (Christopher Robin) and the Queen Mary Stakes (Atbara).
He was retained by Miss Dorothy Paget and the Newmarket trainer R.J.Colling, for whom he won the July Cup on Ballacose in 1935.
In 1936, he succeeded Joe Childs as first jockey to Captain Cecil Boyd-Rochfort. For him, he won the 
1936 St Leger & Eclipse on the same horse (Boswell), the Gold Cup (Precipitation) and the 1937 Champion Stakes (Flares).
The war put paid to their partnership: Pat enlisted in R.A.F.

Back riding again in 1945, he rode 8 winners from 88 mounts but, like so many others, struggled to make ends meet and turned to training at the end of the season, finally retiring in 1974.

Some of his big race victories included the 1938 Ribblesdale (River Prince), 1939 Victoria Cup (Unbreakable), 1938 Jubilee (Monument), 1938 King's Stand Stakes (Foray), 1937 National Stakes (Portmarnock), 1938 Middle Park (Foxbrough ll) and the 1938 Dewhurst (Casanova).

Pat died on April 6, 1982, aged 75.

Photo supplied by John Griffiths