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Offline westie

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O.P. « 2008-Jan-08, 10:23 PM »
Geore Moore today passed away aged 86.


George Moore 1957 (printed 2003)
by Ern McQuillan (b.1926)
gelatin silver photograph
Purchased 2003


From Australia Post Stamp Series

George Moore OBE – jockey

George Moore was born in Mackay, Queensland, in 1923. Gaining his riding permit in 1938, by the 1942–43 season he had become the top apprentice jockey in Brisbane, winning the Senior Jockeys’ Premiership in 1943.

George partnered with legendary trainer the late Tommy Smith almost by mistake in 1946, to win the Rosehill Railway Handicap on Bragger. This was the beginning of one of the most formidable jockey–trainer partnerships in Australian racing history, and it lasted until the end of George’s racing career in 1971. One of his key mounts during the second half of the 1950s, and one that consolidated George’s career, was the invincible Tulloch, trained by Tommy.

George was a force in Sydney racing, winning a record 10 Sydney Jockeys’ Premierships between 1957 and 1969. He won five AJC and two VRC Derbies, two WS Cox Plates, three Sydney Cups and two Golden Slippers, although the Melbourne Cup eluded him through 17 rides. Besides his Australian successes on the track, George also achieved considerable accolades internationally, winning, among other major races, the English Derby (1967), the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1959) and the French Derby (1959). Moore was known for his fierce determination on the track and off. In a riding career that spanned 34 years, he achieved 2,278 wins, including 119 Group One wins and 312 metropolitan stakes wins.

One of Australia’s finest jockeys, George turned from riding to training in 1971, initially in France and then in Hong Kong until 1985. He trained horses again briefly in the 1990s before retiring on the Gold Coast. His remarkable career is recognised through the George Moore Medal, presented annually to Sydney’s most outstanding jockey. He has been awarded the Order of the British Empire and is an inaugural inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
George Moore (b. 1923), champion jockey, was born in Mackay, Qld and was apprenticed in Brisbane in 1938. Moving to Sydney, he began his long association with trainer ‘TJ’ Tommy Smith. Nicknamed ‘Cotton Fingers’ Moore won a record 10 Sydney Premierships in his career of 2278 wins in Australia and overseas—although he never won the Melbourne Cup. In England, he won the English Derby, King George and Queen Elizabeth stakes, the 2000 Guineas twice, the 1000 Guineas, the Coronation and Ascot Gold Cups and the Gimcrack and Champagne stakes. He won the Arc De Triomphe and the Derby in France, and the San Diego Stakes in the US. Widely regarded as Australia’s greatest jockey, his name will always be linked in racing circles with the legendary horse ‘Tulloch’. He retired from racing in 1971, when he won his final race on Classic Mission in the Victoria Derby. He became Hong Kong’s leading trainer before moving to the Gold Coast. The George Moore Medal is awarded annually to Sydney’s outstanding jockey.

From National Portrait Gallery including Ernie's photo at top

George Moore (b. 1923), champion jockey, was born in Mackay, Qld and was apprenticed in Brisbane in 1938. Moving to Sydney, he began his long association with trainer ‘TJ’ Tommy Smith. Nicknamed ‘Cotton Fingers’ Moore won a record 10 Sydney Premierships in his career of 2278 wins in Australia and overseas—although he never won the Melbourne Cup. In England, he won the English Derby, King George and Queen Elizabeth stakes, the 2000 Guineas twice, the 1000 Guineas, the Coronation and Ascot Gold Cups and the Gimcrack and Champagne stakes. He won the Arc De Triomphe and the Derby in France, and the San Diego Stakes in the US. Widely regarded as Australia’s greatest jockey, his name will always be linked in racing circles with the legendary horse ‘Tulloch’. He retired from racing in 1971, when he won his final race on Classic Mission in the Victoria Derby. He became Hong Kong’s leading trainer before moving to the Gold Coast. The George Moore Medal is awarded annually to Sydney’s outstanding jockey.


Some Achievements:

- winner of 119 Group 1 races
- winner of 5 AJC Derby
- winner of 2 VRC Derby
- winner of 2 W.S. Cox Plates
- winner of 3 Sydney Cups
- winner of 2 Golden Slippers
- winner of the 1967 Epsom Derby
- winner of the 1959 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe
- winner of a French Derby
- winner of the English 1000 Guineas
- winner of the English 2000 Guineas
- winner of the English Ascot Gold Cup
- winner of 10 Jockey Premierships, 1957 to 1969
- immortalized by the George Moore Medal
- leading trainer in Hong Kong
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« 2008-Jan-08, 10:35 PM Reply #1 »
George, you did it all including being an original Australian racing Hall of Fame inductee in 2001.  In later life you did it tough with two bypasses, a mild stroke and a leg amputation in recent years.


Thanks for the thrills and memories
RIP

« Last Edit: 2008-Jan-08, 10:51 PM by westie »

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« 2008-Jan-08, 11:02 PM Reply #2 »
This is the news I've been expecting over the past few weeks.  It was first reported in the paper that he was in a bad way and the family was with him.

Didn't he achieve some great things!! And what memories he gave not only to his family but also to all of us who follow racing.

George, you were great.  Rest In Peace.

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« 2008-Jan-11, 10:13 PM Reply #3 »
The funeral for George Moore will be held in Sydney next Thursday and will be open to the public.  Racing NSW said his funeral service would be held at 11am (AEDT) on Thursday, January 17 at All Saints Anglican Church, 85 Ocean Street, Woollahra.

A wake will be held in the Panorama Room at Royal Randwick racecourse after the service.  George Moore (84) was acclaimed as Australia's greatest ever jockey, died in Sydney on Tuesday after a long battle with illness.


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« 2008-Dec-06, 07:13 PM Reply #4 »
Was today's race in Brisbane the first named after the great jockey ?.


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