A contemporary of what was arguably one of the best late 1940s/50s ‘classes’ of apprentices; such as Lester Piggott, Manny Mercer, Joe Mercer, Willie Snaith, Frankie Durr, Dennis Buckle, John Seagrave, Ron Sheather, Tommy Carter and many others; Jim Anderson was also a work-rider for owners such as the Lords Rosebery, Milford and Allendale; Sir John Jarvis, Sir David Wills, Sir Allan Gordon-Smith and Charles Gordon. Plus of course, their trainer himself, Sir Jack Jarvis. In the course of which he shared in the preparation of various classic contestants. Following RAF service and some years away, an accident soon after he returned to racing ended his permanent involvement when a horse fell on him at exercise. Subsequent years have seen him primarily employed in newspaper and magazine work as a features writer and sports writer and editor. This initially for provincials such as the Hertfordshire Mercury, and the Herts & Essex Observer, and later for some years for such as the Sunday Express, Sunday People, European Racehorse, and Pacemaker & Thoroughbred Breeder etc, in a freelance capacity.
Racing aside, he has work on display at various RAF museums, such as Middle Wallop,Tangmere, North Weald and Hawkinge; and has written for publications as diverse as the United States 8th Air Force Journal and Jazz Journal International.
When all else fails, descendants of horses he shared a saddle with have kept him happily nostalgic through the exploits of such as Derby winners Shergar, Kahyasi, Reference Point and Grundy; Grand National winners Mr Frisk and Earth Summit; and equally pleased to ‘claim’ through Native Street, Monte Carlo and Three Troikas respectively: a Kentucky Oaks, Australian Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe into the bargain!
Click on the 'film camera' above, beside Jim's name, and watch a video of Jim at Newmarket reciting one of his poems, The Rowley Mile
Jim Anderson was a contemporary of Lester Piggott as an apprentice jockey but an injury ruined his chance of a successful career. Instead he turned to journalism and writing becoming a sports editor and feature writer on provincial and Sunday national papers, including some years writing football for the Sunday…