Vintage breaking race saddle 17''
6'' D - D
I have come across this lovely old saddle once owned by Reg Crank ,
I feel it may be of some importance, it is a breaking saddle and very heavy approx 30lbs, made from suede and surge under filled with lead good condition , but repaired on the cantel old style stirrup bars before safety came into play
Im not sure if it could still be used i feel it should be in the Newmarket museum
or maybe a stable yard / pub
Great quality saddle
Reg Crank was 35 when he rode his last winner, Sally's Dove, at Bangor on Wednesday March 7, 1990.
He began his racing career with Colin Crossley and had ridden his first, Sovereign's Parade, on the flat at Carlisle when just 15 years old. This was his only winner on the flat. He then rode 21 winners over jumps before turning professional in 1973.
He rode his 100th winner when partnering Toussaint to victory in the Onibury Handicap Chase at Ludlow on Wednesday October 4. 1978
Reg had about 250 winners in all, the highlights being his two Cheltenham winners, Cross Master and Roaring Wind.
He began training from a livery yard with about a dozen horses , including five point-to-pointers.
As a 13-year-old, then living in Chester, Reg won the National junior Foxhunter championship on the six-year-old chestnut Irish mare, Miss Gail.
Lester Piggott came across a grey horse in a field belonging to Reg and wanted to buy it. Reg asked for, and got, £5,000.
Lester named it Iri's Gift after his recently deceased mother .
Iri's Gift turned out to be an exceptional racehorse; Lester was offered, and turned down, one million pounds for it.
i will post to the UK at £15 very heavy !
over seas please send an address for a quote
thanks for looking.
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