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Offline louotter

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O.P. « 2017-Mar-08, 04:50 PM »
Jack Purtell passed away this morning aged 95.

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« 2017-Mar-08, 05:01 PM Reply #1 »
Riding legend Jack Purtell passes away

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His lengthy nose may have led to several different nicknames over the years but the moniker of 'Gentleman Jim' was the most apt when describing former Melbourne jockey great Jack Purtell, who died at the age of 95 on Wednesday.

The winner of seven Melbourne jockeys' premierships - the first in 1946-47 - Purtell also notched three Melbourne Cups - Hiraji in 1947, Wodalla in 1953, and Rising Fast in 1954 - and he could have ridden more.

A broken foot stopped him from riding Rivette in the 1939 Melbourne Cup and in 1950 he opted not to ride Comic Court for Jim Cummings, selecting a three-year-old Alister instead as his mount.

Despite his association with the great Rising Fast, Purtell regarded Comic Court as the best horse he partnered despite missing that Melbourne Cup ride.

Purtell also rode four Cox Plate winners from 1950 through to 1956 and finished his career with about 1700 winners.

Purtell, who was only once suspended in Melbourne for careless riding, was inducted into Australian racing's Hall Of Fame in 2004.

He also figured in one of the most famous Australian racing photographs of all time as he rode Fighting Force when it dead-heated with both Pandie Sun and Ark Royal in the 1956 Hotham Handicap at Flemington.

Despite his dominance in Melbourne, Purtell only enjoyed rare success when he matched up against fellow riding greats Neville Sellwood and George Moore in Sydney, but while Sydney never saw the best of Purtell, his riding abilities were recognised on the other side of the world.

In 1964 he joined the stables of the champion Irishman Vincent O'Brien and in 1965, Purtell won the English Oaks in 1965 on Long Look.

Purtell retired from the saddle at the age of 45 in 1966 and turned his hand to becoming a Victoria Racing Club steward before retiring to Queensland in the early 1980s.

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« 2017-Mar-08, 05:05 PM Reply #2 »


From my own collection. Lionel Coventry 1950's.

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« 2017-Mar-08, 05:30 PM Reply #3 »
Bloody hell  re the comment on the other thread.






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« 2017-Mar-08, 07:40 PM Reply #4 »
plasticine maquette by cartoonist John Firth
Jack Purtell (b. 1921), jockey, had his first ride at the age of fifteen. In
1941, aged 20, he won the Caulfield Cup. Five years later, he took out the first
of the seven jockeys’ premierships that made him one of Melbourne’s most popular
riders in the 1940s and 1950s. When he married in 1949, seven thousand people
turned up to the church in Clifton Hill. Critically brain-injured in a fall at
Caulfield in January 1953, he was back in the saddle by May and won the
Melbourne Cup on Wodalla in November. The following year he won the big race for
the third time, on Rising Fast. In 1956, on Fighting Force in the Hotham
Handicap at Flemington, he finished in a triple dead-heat. His name is forever
linked with that of Comic Court, on whom he won nineteen races, but he did not
ride the stallion in the 1950 Melbourne Cup - which it won in record time.
Purtell began to work in Europe in 1957, winning the Irish Oaks in 1964 and the
English Oaks in 1965. By the time he retired from riding in 1966 he had ridden
about 1 700 winners. He served a VRC Stipendiary Steward for fifteen years
before retiring altogether in 1981 and moving to the Gold Coast. He was inducted
into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.

- National Portrait Gallery

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« 2017-Mar-08, 08:40 PM Reply #5 »





Two more from my collection. Never realize how much you have till you look.

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« 2017-Mar-08, 08:45 PM Reply #6 »
That Hotham photo is a beauty.  emthup


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« 2017-Mar-08, 08:46 PM Reply #7 »
Bloody hell  re the comment on the other thread.

Yep. No doubt about it. We are all thinking the same thing  :no:

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« 2017-Mar-08, 08:51 PM Reply #8 »
That Hotham photo is a beauty.   emthup  



Thanks. Couldn't pass it up when I saw it, even though it's a little damaged it's still a Tony Simon and a piece of racing history. Although I think this angle isn't as good as others I've seen?

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« 2017-Mar-08, 08:56 PM Reply #9 »
Yep. No doubt about it. We are all thinking the same thing  :no:

I don't get what you mean? I was told last year that someone had thought he was deceased, and just asking if it was correct. Sadly, it became the truth today but he was 95 and I live in NSW. No foul play.

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« 2017-Mar-09, 05:36 AM Reply #10 »
Thanks. Couldn't pass it up when I saw it, even though it's a little damaged it's still a Tony Simon and a piece of racing history. Although I think this angle isn't as good as others I've seen?

Tell me more about Tony Simon.

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« 2017-Mar-09, 09:40 AM Reply #11 »
I don't get what you mean? I was told last year that someone had thought he was deceased, and just asking if it was correct. Sadly, it became the truth today but he was 95 and I live in NSW. No foul play.

Louotter

Many of us say some stupid things, and PoisonPen7 more that most, but you can rest assured that no one believes you bumped him off. :no:
 

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« 2017-Mar-09, 09:50 AM Reply #12 »
Yep. No doubt about it. We are all thinking the same thing  :no:

yes, very sad,

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« 2017-Mar-09, 12:11 PM Reply #13 »
Tony Simon who did the color finishes. I think his studio was Simon Simon?

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« 2017-Mar-09, 12:21 PM Reply #14 »
I see.  I thought he was the photographer and was wondering why I had never heard of him.  Makes sense now.


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