Jockey character jug small colorway with a red jacket modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in 1991. A jockey is a professional who rides racehorses at racetracks. Horse races, popular today throughout most of the Western World, were probably contested as early as 1500 B.C. in Egypt. The first public racecourse opened in London about 1174. Today, the most famous races are the Epsom Derby and Grand National Steeplechase in England, and the Kentucky Derby and Breeder's Cup in the U.S. The colors of our modern day jockey originate from the decorated tunics worn by Roman charioteers in races held at the hippodromes. This veteran rider dreams of how he will urge his thoroughbred down the final stretch to pass the finishing post in that coveted position of first place. A winning pole and horse's head form the handle of this jug.