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KEMPTON REWIND | Graham Bradley and Wayward Lad make history in the 1985 King George

To celebrate Graham Bradley’s 61st birthday, we take a look back at one of his biggest successes – onboard Wayward Lad in the 1985 King George at Kempton



Just A Sting ridden by jockey Sean Bowen (centre) beats Quarenta and goes on to win the Ladbrokes "Where The Nation Plays" Handicap Chase during day two of the Winter Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse.

To mark Graham Bradley turning 61, we take a look back on one of the jockey’s biggest successes in the form of Wayward Lad in the 1985 renewal of the King George at Kempton.

Trained by the great Michael Dickinson, the then ten-year-old has already two King George successes under his belt and was aiming to make history by becoming the first runner to claim three victories in the contest.

Wayward Lad King George Kempton Racing Post
Wayward Lad made history in the 1985 renewal of the King George at Kempton [Picture Credit: Racing Post]

The gelding carried some decent seasonal form into the contest, after landing success in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby the previous month as well as placing in the Rehearsal Chase at Chepstow and the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock.

Going off at the price of 12/1, Wayward Lad pushed in front of his rivals heading into the final stages.

watch: wayward lad wins the king george at KEMPTON [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He battled his way to the line against Combs Ditch, with both runners trading blows throughout.

But Wayward Lad’s date with destiny was to be confirmed as he landed success by a neck, becoming the first horse to win three renewals of the King George.

The gelding would claim success once more, in the Betway Bowl at Aintree in 1987 before being retired at the age of 12.