Mal’s over moon at Hall of Fame hon­our

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - WITH RAY THOMAS

THE Aus­tralian Turf Club will hon­ours the 2018 Hall of Fame in­ductees at Rose­hill Gar­dens to­mor­row.

Races have been named in ac­knowl­edg­ment of some of the new in­ductees, in­clud­ing the late Colin Hayes, who has been el­e­vated to leg­end sta­tus, Syd­ney’s premier trainer Chris Waller and for­mer cham­pion jockey “Mir­a­cle” Mal John­ston.

“It is an amaz­ing hon­our to be along­side so many great names in the Hall of Fame — it hasn’t re­ally sunk in yet,’’ John­ston said. “How proud am I to be there along­side

Theo (Green), Dar­ren (Bead­man) and Ron­nie (Quin­ton) as I started out in rac­ing with them. I was lucky to be born with a gift but it is also about be­ing in the right place at the right time. My first boss was Theo, then there was TJ (Smith) and along came ‘The King’ (Kingston Town).’’

John­ston was the reg­u­lar rider of the great Kingston Town, win­ning 25 races, in­clud­ing the Cox Plate, Tan­cred Stakes, AJC Aus­tralian Derby, Queens­land Derby and Syd­ney Cup.

Dur­ing his cel­e­brated rid­ing ca­reer, John­ston rode more than 2000 win­ners and was three times Syd­ney’s premier jockey, in­clud­ing as an ap­pren­tice in 197576 when he rode a record 107.5 win­ners.

At Rose­hill to­mor­row, a her­itage dis­play will be lo­cated at Level 1 of the Mem­bers Re­serve fea­tur­ing mem­o­ra­bilia and info high­light­ing the Hall of Fame.

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