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.
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.
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.