Who trained Trelawny?
Although not quite in the same league as Brown Jack, who won the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot six years running between 1929 and 1934, Trelawny was, nonetheless, one of the most popular British racehorses of the early Sixties. Two years running, in 1962 and 1963, Trelawny won both the Ascot Stakes and the Queen Alexandra Stakes at the Royal Meeting and although failing to complete a third consecutive double in 1964, lost nothing in defeat. He was second in the Ascot Stakes, conceding an eye-watering 40lb, or 2st 12lb, to the winner and would have walked over in the Queen Alexandra Stakes had racing on Thursday and Friday not been abandoned because of the waterlogged state of the course.
Trelawny was trained by George Todd at Manton, near Marlborough, Wiltshire. Todd was renowned as a trainer of staying horses and an intrepid gambler; he bought the Manton Estate from Tattersalls in 1947 and reputedly paid off the balance – £47,000, or £1.85 million by modern standards – with the proceeds from a series of winning bets on Dramatic in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster in 1950, which he carried to London in a paper bag. He would remain at Manton until his retirement in 1973.