Gibbs in hall of fame
the biennial event has seen a total of 37 human and equine stars listed on the roll of honour for supreme excellence.
Jim’s induction caps a lifetime in racing that began as a 12 year old.
He rode his first winner as a 14 year old but his apprenticeship was impacted on by increasing weight, which led to him excelling as a jumps jockey in his late teens. A jumper by the name of Cretan ushered in Jim’s training career when he saddled up and rode the grey to victory in the 1962 Waikato Hurdles.
‘‘When I was an apprentice with Bob Martin, I was paid £1 a week,’’ Jim recalls. ‘‘I had come out of my apprenticeship with a lump sum payment of £18391⁄ on top of my personal savings and I put that in the bank earning 3 per cent interest. By my early twenties I knew I had to look at an