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O.P. « 2017-Oct-31, 07:28 AM »
Hindsight: Frank Reys, the ride of his life

Shane Anderson@Globalgallop   30 October, 2017
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The Melbourne Cup has a long history of producing memorable sporting moments.

One of its most significant occurred forty-four years ago when jockey Frank Reys became the first Indigenous Australian to win our greatest race.

Frank Reys' story is one of triumph, having overcome serious injuries from race falls late in his career to return to the saddle and win the 1973 Melbourne Cup - the race he always dreamed of winning - aboard Gala Supreme.

Gala Supreme is the only horse to win the Melbourne Cup from barrier 24.

In a career that spanned 1949 to 1976, Reys won a total of 1,329 races including many other feature races alongside the Melbourne Cup.

He was known as a skinny kid from Cairns who started racing brumbies but became one of the best jockeys in Melbourne.

Reys had a long association with trainer Ray Hutchins the trainer of Gala Supreme.

Yet, due to the social climate of the times, Reys' heritage as an Indigenous Australian was rarely reported.

Many knew Reys was of Filipino decent through his father's side but his mother was Aboriginal - a Djiribul woman - something that not many racegoers knew, even up to his death in 1984.

'Hindsight: Frank Reys - the ride of his life' will profile one of Australian racing's most significant participants.

Racing.com presenter Sam Doran spent time with many people who knew the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey, including family, friends and colleagues, to tell the Reys story.

'Hindsight: Frank Reys - the ride of his life' premieres at 7:30pm AEDT on Thursday November 2 on Racing.com free-to-air channels 78 (metro) and 68 (regional), Foxtel 529 and digital.

Check TV guides for repeats and the full replay on Racing.com digital.



Reys rode in Brisbane for much of his career he was associated with Gordon Shelley a top Deagon trainer ...I well remember Australia Day races at Eagle Farm on the Monday Queen's Birthday meeting in 1956 when flushed with money after having 10 bob on Open Cast @80/1 winning the Foundation Day Novice I backed up  on Dashing Lucie @16/1 ridden by Frank Reys and trained by Gordon Shelley she won by 3L.......the  race to race double paid 500 pounds for 5 bob.  :king:


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« 2017-Nov-02, 04:12 PM Reply #2 »
God bless his soul. :love:

One of the very few Cup winners I've backed.

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« 2017-Nov-03, 10:59 PM Reply #3 »
I didn't but agree totally with the sentiment.

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