Mal’s over moon at Hall of Fame honour
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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