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O.P. « 2021-Jun-03, 11:07 AM »
Champion country hoop calls time on illustrious career
Greg Ryan has retired. Greg Ryan has retired.
By Mitch Cohen
06:01pm • 02 June 2021



Greg Ryan, one of most prolific jockeys in Australian racing history, has hung up his riding boots.

The champion NSW country hoop has called time on a sensational career that spanned three decades and produced more than 4000 winners.

He last rode at Mudgee on December 4 and six months later has made a final call on his riding future.

“I pretty much decided in December but didn't want to say too much in case I had a change of heart,” Ryan said.

“I‘m 55 years old now and I’ve had a fair trot and have a few other things on my plate.

“To tell you the truth, I still feel like having a ride when I see one going around but I just don’t think there is turning back now I’ve made the decision.

“It will take some time for that feeling to disappear I think.”

Jockey Greg Ryan. Turf F/L

Jockey Greg Ryan early in his career.

Despite only beginning his riding career at 25, Ryan will go down in the history books as one of Australia’s all-time great winners.

The Dubbo-based jockey was known to travel hundreds of kilometres across the NSW countryside in pursuit of winners.

His final tally of 4035 winners is second only to veteran country rival Robert Thompson, who is edging closer to the 4500 mark.

“When I first started riding Bill Aspros was the King of the Bush and I used to look at him at thinking it would be good to get where he was,” Ryan said.

“I ended up going further than I would have expected.”

Ryan ensured he left his mark on racing.

He set a new Australian record for the time in 2001-02 with a whopping 208 winners in a season before eclipsing his own mark with 216 winners the following campaign.

Racehorse Pimpala Secret ridden by jockey Greg Ryan wins race 7 at the Hawkesbury Racecourse in Clarendon, northwest Sydney.

Ryan winning the Hawkesbury Guineas aboard Pimpala Secret.

Among Ryan’s mammoth career winning haul includes several Listed level triumphs with his maiden stakes victory coming aboard Pimpala Secret in the Hawkesbury Guineas in 2011.

Ryan other Listed victory came aboard the Pat Farrell-trained Alart in the Listed Reginald Allen Quality in 2015, which he also piloted in one of four Wellington Boot wins.

He ranks those Boot victories above all else.

Ryan dedicated much of his success to his wife Pauline, who managed the veteran hoop’s bookings for much of his career.

“If I hadn't had her, I wouldn’t get near where I did,” he said.

Ryan has spent much of the past six months working with son his Isaac at his tree service business and now plans to dedicate his time to the trade.

“I feel like I've had my turn and am trying to do something for him,” he said.

“We are working together and it‘s going pretty well.”

Fittingly, the 4035th winner and final winner of Ryan’s career came for long-time supporter Sue Grills.
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A long and beneficial career in the saddle mainly seldom riding top rated horses...good luck to him in the years ahead.

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« 2021-Jun-03, 08:59 PM Reply #1 »
Lovely bloke
hooked   rode one of mine cold one day and on dismounting he commented to me the conveyance  would win next start .

I did reply with some some some  :mad:   Today Greg today was the day 

he was correct the horse pissed in next start       :lol:    @ $2.4 fav      :sad:

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« 2021-Jun-03, 10:52 PM Reply #2 »
ratsack,

Plenty of shady stuff in the country tracks midweek. I knew an owner who was told straight out the horse was not ready by the trainer.

However after the race it emerged that the jockeys huge extended family were all at the track and had had a really big go and it romped in at 10/1.....

Hopefully the trainer lost the horse and others immediately after that treatment.

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« 2021-Jun-04, 08:40 PM Reply #3 »
That's the first movable word I've seen very clever ...how do you do it in case I need it one day?

Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2021-Jun-04, 09:08 PM Reply #4 »
That's the first movable word I've seen very clever ...how do you do it in case I need it one day?

Giddy Up :beer:


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When you post something there are square in the tool bar above the emojis ,  the one that has the capital M moving right to left put your cursor on that and it comes up as Marquee right click and type your word between move move !


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