Prideaux Boy

Prideaux Boy, the well known and successful thoroughbred bay, was born in 1978 at The Wychnor Stud.

His sire was Idiots Delight and his dam Firella. His full pedigree can be viewed here on the Sporthorse data website.

He ran over 32 times, with an impressive record and race winnings, which can be viewed here.

Prideaux Boy was owned by C G Roach of Roach Foods Ltd until 11th August 1989. I have been unable to trace him after that date and would appreciate any information on this matter.

Graham Roach progressed to jump racing via the point-to-point field and hunting, he was always at his happiest with horses.

He said later, “We went to Doncaster where I met Keith Lewis. A customer introduced him to me and said, ‘If you want a bit of help to buy a horse or two, this is the man; he is straightforward and honest.’ “

It was here where he bought the young horse, soon to named Prideaux Boy.

Prideaux Boy

Graham Roach made his fortune with the Cornish bacon and ham processing family business, Roach Foods. The company employed 800 staff and the profits enabled Roach to purchase Prideaux House at St Blazey along with 200 acres of prime land in 1980. Cornwall is an excellent county to bring on horses.

It was here that he began to buy and train racehorses, initially enjoying considerable success with Prideaux Boy. The bay horse became a top-class hurdler, winning the Lanzarote and Swinton Hurdles and finishing 4th, to See You Then, in the 1986 Champion Hurdle and before changing to fences late in his career.

His red-and-white silks were soon etched into folklore, well before his success with Viking Flagship, dual winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

By the end of the 1980’s, Graham Roach found it impossible to spend enough time training racehorses in addition to overseeing a growing business.

He said, “Cornwall is too far down geographically and there were so many business commitments. I wasn’t able to split myself in half and make it work, and it was the business that always had to come first.”

It was there, at Prideaux, where the foals and store horses received 85% of their basic training before being sent to either Oliver Sherwood or David Nicholson for final training.

Graham Roach died at the early age of 69, in September 2016 and his horses were all sold at the Goffs UK January Sale (2017), by his widow.