Famous North Burnett jockeys
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 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 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.
SADDLE UP: Jockeys are a vital part of horse racing.