Age does not weary 'Super' Lyle
13 September 2007
Racing NSW's Mark Brassel writes that 'super veteran' rider Lyle Weaver will make one of his rare raceday appearances at Saturday's Newcastle race meeting.
Weaver, who turns 70 years-of-age next autumn, has jumped in to help out local trainers at the 'closed' program with two mounts on Saturday; one for the Paul Perry stable and another for the Kris Lees camp.
Weaver would have to be classed in the 'super veteran' category as he stands well ahead of 'youngsters' like Danny Frahm (61yo) and co.
Weaver has been booked to ride Visteal for Perry in the opening race (JMC Building Maiden Plate, 1500m), and Magic Quinn for Lees in race 3 (Motor Traders Association Maiden, 1200m).
The spritely hoop is probably best known as trackwork rider and constant companion for top sprinter Choisir when the horse made a trailblazing trip to the UK back in June 2003. Its history Choisir swept all before him during the Royal Ascot carnival ensuring the racing world sat up and took notice of Aussie gallopers.
Weaver is not often seen riding on racedays but continues to play his trade with each passing year riding trackwork on the Broadmeadow circuit.
A brief summary of his 'recent' riding record follows:-
Racing Season Riding Record
1993-94 rode 2 winners
1994-95 no rides
1995-96 no rides
1996-97 rode 2 winners
1997-98 1 ride
1998-99 1 ride
1999-00 4 rides
2000-01 3 rides
2001-02 6 rides
2002-03 no rides
2003-04 no rides
2004-05 1 ride
2005-06 no rides
2006-07 2 rides