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Charlie Smirke, British jockey, on Mahmoud

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Charlie Smirke, British jockey, on Mahmoud

Charlie Smirke (1906-1993), British jockey, on the Aga Khans horse, Mahmoud. Date: circa 1936

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Champion Charlie Horseracing Jockey Jockeys Khan Mahmoud Racehorse Racehorses Smirke 1936


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This photograph captures the essence of horseracing in the 1930s, with British jockey Charlie Smirke (1906-1993) in the prime of his career atop the legendary racehorse, Mahmoud. The image, taken circa 1936, showcases the dynamic duo as they charge towards the finish line, their determination and focus palpable. Charlie Smirke, a native of Newmarket, Suffolk, England, began his racing career as a stable lad before making his debut as a jockey in 1923. Over the next decade, he amassed an impressive record, winning numerous races and gaining a reputation as one of the top jockeys of his time. Mahmoud, a chestnut Arabian stallion, was owned by the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims and a renowned horse breeder and owner. The horse, sired by the legendary Bold Venture, was a champion in his own right, having won the English Triple Crown in 1934. The photograph captures the moment of pure athleticism and synergy between rider and horse, their bodies moving in perfect harmony as they race towards victory. The image, with its high contrast and sharp focus, transports us back in time to an era of elegance and excitement in the world of horseracing.

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