Philip Blacker | Sculptor and Artist |
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Philip Blacker was born in 1949 and was educated in Dorset. On leaving school he became a steeplechase jockey and rode professionally for 13 years, during which he rode 340 winners and competed in The Grand National nine times. Philip is among a small group of jockeys who have been in three or more top four Grand National finishes – he was fourth to Red Rum in ‘Rummy’s’ first Grand National win in 1973 and managed a seventh place in 1977 when Red Rum won his third and final Grand National.

Red Rum 40th Anniversary Edition

Red Rum and I go back a long way. Our paths first crossed in the 1973 Grand National when I was a professional jockey and riding a very good horse called Spanish Steps.

I was disappointed to only finish fourth, but unknown to me then I was up against the greatest horse ever to run in the race, Red Rum.