Charles Maidment was one of this country’s finest jockeys. Dorset
born & bred, Charlie was born
in Sixpenny Handley in 1845 and lived for several years in Blandford before he
With 76 wins each, he shared the Jockey’s Championship with William
Gray in 1870 and then with George Fordham the following year with 86 each. In
1871, he won the One Thousand Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger on Hannah. The following year he won the
Derby on Cremorne and the St Leger on
Wenlock. After his 1872 Derby win, he
suffered a short illness. This it is reckoned to have been due to the aniline
dye in his silk jockey’s jacket.
Sadly, Charlie Maidment was not good at managing his money.
Despite amassing a fortune from his winnings he squandered it and in 1875 was
listed in the Cambridge Bankruptcy Court. Owners then tended to shun him until
he rode Kisber to win the 1876 Derby
He married Mary Vickery Percy and they had four daughters.
However, she had health issues. The Bury & Norwich Post reported her death in
1874 at Park-Villa, Park Lane, Newmarket, at the age of just
29, due to epilepsy.
Charlie Maidment had not learnt from his previous experiences
and continued to waste his earnings. This meant that he was forced to continue
working long into his old age exercising horses from Newmarket stables. He died
in the town in December 1926 at the age of 81 years.
In the National Gallery, there is a photographic portrait of Dorset
born jockey, Charlie Maidment.