Happy birthday to Australian jockey and racing columnist Edgar Britt (1913-2017). Legendary Australian jockey Britt died earlier this year aged 103 on the Gold Coast. One of 39 jockeys in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, Britt rode all around the world and won more than 2000 races in Australia, the US, India and England, where he was the royal stable jockey for King George VI. Born in Balmain to Sydney and Edith, Britt did not inherit his father’s 183 cm frame, instead growing into a readymade 150 cm and 40 kg jockey’s body. Apprenticed to Mick Polson in Sydney, Britt rode his first winner at the age of 16 and accompanied the trainer to the US in 1933 to win the Baltimore Handicap on Winooka. After briefly returning to Australia to claim the 1934 Sydney Cup aboard Broad Arrow, Britt accepted an invitation to India where he spent 10 years riding for royal maharajas. In 1945, the Maharaja of Baroda invited him to ride in England and when a top jockey broke his leg in 1948, Britt was asked to step in as the rider for the King. During that time he scored 1200 race wins and seven English Classic victories, including two Oaks and the St Leger. Following his retirment in 1959, Britt returned to his homeland and wrote a racing column for Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph for 16 years. In the 1930s he married dancer Tibby Geoghegan, who died in 1980, and the couple had four daughters, Iris, Joan, Ann and Marcia. Britt later remarried to the widow of jockey Jack Cassidy, Hermione, before her death in 1999. He was inducted into the Australian Racding Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded the Order of Australia Medal the same year.