Fa­mous North Bur­nett jock­eys

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

YOU can’t have horse rac­ing with­out jock­eys, it sim­ply wouldn’t work.

It would be like a car with no steer­ing wheel.

Here we look at some of the fa­mous jock­eys from the North Bur­nett re­gion.

Wil­liam Har­ris

WIL­LIAM Har­ris was the youngest jockey to win a group one race.

Har­ris won the Queens­land Derby in 1869 on a horse by the name of Zambesi.

He was only 10 years old when he won.

Back when Har­ris won the derby, jock­eys were not li­censed and there were no age re­stric­tions.

This meant that any­one who could sit on a horse could ride in a race.

There are ref­er­ences to the win in the Gayn­dah Mu­seum.

Wil­liam Har­ris passed away on March 10, 1936, aged 77, con­firm­ing he was aged only 10 when he rode Zambesi in 1869.

He is buried in the Church of Eng­land sec­tion of the old Monto ceme­tery.

Kenny Rus­sell

KENNY Rus­sell was a lo­cal to Monto who be­came a renowned jockey.

Rus­sell lost his life in a race fall at Rose­hill in Oc­to­ber 1993.

Kenny Rus­sell was born in Monto on Oc­to­ber 3, 1951.

He at­tended both the lo­cal pri­mary and high schools.

He was a lover of all sports but showed a love for horse rac­ing from an early age.

Horse rac­ing was an in­ter­est he could share with his fa­ther, Gor­don, who was first a jockey and then a trainer.

Rus­sell’s rac­ing ca­reer be­gan on the Monto race­track and con­tin­ued on to other lo­cal race­tracks.

The ta­lented Monto jockey then went on to race horses in Rockhampton, the Gold Coast and Bris­bane .

Rus­sell then fi­nally made it as a top in­ter­na­tional jockey, us­ing Syd­ney as his home base.

Place-get­ting jock­eys of the first Queens­land Derby

MOST peo­ple in Gayn­dah know the names of the horses that placed in the first Queens­land Derby, but do you know the names of the jock­eys?

Pow­ell rode Her­mit for Mr Parry-Oke­den.

Flan­nery rode the chest­nut The Rake for The Hon­ourable B. B. More­ton.

Cun­nung­ham rode third placeget­ter Es­cobedo, a chest­nut colt owned by Mr Williams.

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

SAD­DLE UP: Jock­eys are a vi­tal part of horse rac­ing.

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