Master Robert Plough Horse or Race Horse?

[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]I want to write tonight about the importance of being a round peg in a round hole. Too many people beat themselves up for things they're not doing. Too often they are being asked to do the impossible. I want to tell you a story that I told the children a few weeks ago in church. Its the story of a racing horse called Master Robert. When my dad was just a young boy he used to look after Master Robert, mainly because he was a horse that had gone lame and was no longer of any use to its owner. As my grandfather was in charge of the animals in the farm, he would let my father ride the lame horse to at least exercise the beast. One day they even tried to yoke the race horse to a Clydesdale horse to pull the plough. Well you can imagine how that went done with Master Robert. He just refused to move. He was bred to race. Finally one day a horse dealer arrived and bought Master Robert for a knock down price. He saw the potential in the animal. If you look at the film you'll see Master Robert winning the Grand National in 1924. He was the real life Sea Biscuit.So the next time your going to write someone off as useless ask yourself if your playing them in the right position. Race horses don't plough and plough horses don't win races. Maybe we all need to bat to our strengths and stop worrying about the things we don't do so well. 

Posted By: Lynda Hennell   On: 19 Aug 2018   At: 9:30pm

Hello Lee Edge. I have just come across your blog here on italker. I am great neice of Robert Trudgill, my mother’s uncle Bob. I do have a little more information about Bob, unfortunately my main source (his nephew) died a few years ago, so most is committed to my memory and written down in a box file in my loft. This bit of claim to fame has enabled me to research my family tree on my mother’s side as Trudgill is a unique name and easy to track. I have information of Bob’s ancestor’s back to 1750, and they were Suffolk people. Bob is my maternal grandmother’s brother, and all of his siblings lived in the East End of London, my great grandfather moved to London from Suffolk around 1900 and was a horse drawn tram driver. Clearly horses were much in the Suffolk family’s blood. Hope I’m not too late with info for your book!! Thanks for posting.


Posted By: Lee Edge   On: 11 Jun 2013   At: 10:46am

Hi everyone,
I have just returned from two weeks holiday and I am very keen to get back to piecing together the Master Robert story. I would love to chat to anyone who was or is a relative that either trained or looked after the horse. Or anyone that was closely involved during the life of the horse. My personal email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please drop me an email. I would love to followup with the individuals that mentioned their relatives used to plough with him etc.
Speak soon


Posted By: Lee Edge   On: 9 Apr 2013   At: 4:15pm

Hi Everyone,

I was at a wedding a few months ago and they were the family of the guy that rode Master Robert to Victory! His name was Robert Trudgill and his story was equally as impressive as the horses!! I am currently researching the event for a book I am writing and would welcome any emails/meetings with anyone connected.

Snippet of the race details:
25-1 Outsider “Master Robert” shocked many by winning the Grand National in 1924, which again fielded thirty starters or more and was the third time in fours years that at least thirty horses raced. The horse and jockey Robert Trudgill would not manage to repeat the feat either together or individually, but it was a repeat victory for trainer Aubrey Hastings who had also trainer the 1915 winner “Ally Sloper”.

The horse known as “Drifter” made his second appearance in the top four two years after finishing second, this time finishing fourth with “Fly Mask” and “Silvo” in second and third with the pair both starting at 100-7. “Fly Mask” would also finish in the top four for a second time the following year, dropping a place but performing very well regardless.

Any help gratefully received.

Lee Edge


Posted By: Fran Murray   On: 7 Apr 2013   At: 12:27am

Pat and Paul:  My great uncle, Paddy Murray, owned Master Robert as a plough horse.  Would love to connect and hear more info.  Send me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Thanks!


Posted By: Bjeffery   On: 6 Dec 2012   At: 6:25am

Do you have any information on the owner’s of “Master Robert”?? I know the Horse won the Grand Nationsl in 1924,but the owner’s were Lord Airlin and Colonel Sidney Green of Oakham. He’s father was Colonel J.W.Green of Luton that started the brewery in Luton. I do know that Colonel Sidney was one of the owner’s of “Master Robert” and was the oldest son with two other brothers all in military career’s. Colonel Sidney he was awarded military cross in 1918.The Colonel was the Joint Master of Cottesmore who’s follower’s included The Prince of Wales. If you please have any pictures or any more information on Colonel Sidney Green it would be most helpful. Thank-you


Posted By: pat gallagher   On: 28 Jun 2008   At: 1:30am

my grand father used to plough with master robert he was paddy gallagher from castlefinn


Posted By: Paul Crotty   On: 23 Jun 2008   At: 11:53am

My grandfather also looked after Master Robert whilst he was a race horse. have Photograph of him sitting on the horse in Strabane N Ireland


Posted By: italker   On: 14 Jun 2008   At: 12:53am

Don’t think i’ve posted misinformation. I was told by the Falkirk Town Planners that the only part of the project that was guaranteed by the developer was the flats at the east end of the site. I mentioned in my blog that there is a promise without guarantees that the harbour would be tackled if the right financial package eventually could be put together. I too care for the town of Bo’ness, hence my comment that communities are built on trust, which means keeping promises. ING won the contract on the basis that they were the only contractor as far as I know who based their bid on tackling the harbour first.


Posted By: Bruce   On: 12 Jun 2008   At: 2:41pm

I read the misrepresentation of the Bo’ness harbour Development.  the overall plan is still as intact as it was a year ago when the same detractors hailed it as a great success.  The only difference is that the economic realities of the scheme means that it has to be rephased, starting at the east side and taken phase by phase, with money still be generated into the harbour works as each phase completes.

Equally, as somone who has actually talked through the bigger picture with ING Real Estate, there is a clear desire to complete the whole development and make a meaningful impact on the future of the town as a whole.  However, unlike many developers, the ING Real Estate people are brutally honest about the realities - not dressing it up to ‘get the gain’ - so that this can be an honest long term partnership.


Interestingly enough, the key business and community organisations in the town - Bo’ness Means Business, the Bo’ness Community Council and Bonnie Bo’ness - have all discussed and supported the development - and I imagine will work well with ING Real Estate and Falkirk Council to get the best result for all.


It is sad when a blog like the one here is fed misleading information to undermine the future of my town.


Posted By: AnneDroid   On: 31 May 2008   At: 10:06pm

What a great story.  Thanks for posting it.  Horses for courses.


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