A retired jockey will hope to see his name in the winning enclosure again later this year after having a talented young horse named after him.
Grand National winning trainer Richard Guest has surprised former rider Ted Larkin by calling one of his latest batch of horses after him.
Larkin, 82, of Wetherby, went to see his namesake canter last week at Guest’s Ingmanthorpe Stables near Wetherby, where the two-year-old will train.
Larkin said: “I am over the moon.
“I hope it’s a decent sort of animal.
“I have never had a horse named after me. It was quite a surprise.
“It looks a good mover. Hopefully I will be there when it wins.
The human Larkin had a 28-year career riding winners up and down the country.
Between 1947 and 1954 he was apprentice to Gerald Armstrong in Middleham before becoming one of the best flat jockeys of his day.
He won the Ayr Gold Cup, the Gimcrack Stakes at York, Carlisle’s Cumberland Plate and the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket during his career.
Legendary jockey Lester Pigott was the Liverpudlian’s roommate when he used to travel abroad to race in Singapore.
But his career was ended in 1976 when he broke his leg in a horrific fall.
“All we have been waiting for was a horse good enough to justify the name,” said Peter Gorvin, Guest’s owner liaison officer.
“We think we have it, and we have named our Dandy Man gelding Ted Larkin.”
Pictured above: Racing legend Ted Larkin and the horse named after him with trainer Richard Guest and jockey Dean McKeown. Picture: Adrian Murray.1403181AM1