The WWII War hero And His Name Sake - Accidental Agent
[Monday, 17 June 2019 09:05]
Accidental Agent is named after the highly-decorated member of Winston Churchill's enemy-sabotaging Special Operations Executive (SOE), who died in 1972.
Bred and owned by his daughter Gaie Johnson Houghton, the horse whose name celebrates a World War Two hero is trained by his granddaughter Eve.
Major John Goldsmith DSO MC, who was a racehorse trainer before the war broke out, was an impeccable French speaker. He was recruited by the SOE and parachuted in behind enemy lines in France after being denied a place in the regular army.
Goldsmith eventually wrote a book about his experiences became entitled 'The Accidental Agent'
Eve Houghton's paternal grandmother Helen, trained horses during the 1950s and early 1960s, despite women not being permitted by the sport's then-regulator, the Jockey Club, to hold licences until 1966.
It meant that a series of male assistants were credited with her successes including Charles Jerdein for Gilles De Retz, which sprang a major surprise in the 2000 Guineas of 1956.
Although the form of the Ascot winner declined during the rest of the flat racing season last year, the son of Delegator, got the 2019 campaign off to a good start with an encouraging third place in the prestigious Lockinge Stakes.