The Dead Cert is dedicated to the memory of William Crockford – who was both a shrewd gambler and lover of the turf. 


In 1844 Crockford owned a leading fancy for the Derby – Ratan. Crockford so loved his horse and believed it to be his best chance ever of claiming the classic. Unfortunately, for the horse and for Crockford, Ratan was poisoned before the race and he finished well down the field.  Rumour says that on hearing the news that he was so upset that he fell down dead. 


Crockford will now share with you his Dead Certs, Whispers and talk of the turf at and via twitter at Crockford@deadcerts