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  Grave Matters: Brecongill, Middleham, Yorkshire, England

Photos by Jane Cook ©Jane Cook 2003; all rights reserved.

The stone that marks the grave of PRETENDER at BRECONGILL

BRECONGILL, near the famed historic training center of Middleham, in Yorkshire, in northern England is one of the most historic of all the training stables in the area. Thomas Dawson brought the stable to prominence in the mid-1800s, using it and neighboring Tupgill stables. Dawson trained Mr. J. Johnstone's sleek brown colt PRETENDER (1866 by Adventurer - Ferina by Venison) out of Tupgill to win the 1869 Derby and 2,000 Guineas with John Osborne in the saddle. PRETENDER was the last Derby winner to come out of one of these northern training yards. He went to stud but sired little of consequence. He is said to be buried standing upright under this stone. ADVENTURER is buried nearby.

When he retired from riding, John Osborne took over the stables at Brecongill. The property is currently owned by Miss Sally Hall, who maintains a string of horses there. -- A.P.

BRECONGILL FARM BURIALS (not a complete list):
Pretender (1866 - )

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