THOMPSON’S CLEAN SLATE
ROBERT Thompson, the nation’s “winningest” jockey with 4275 wins, turned 59 yesterday and shows no signs of stopping. .
Thompson’s record of wins is remarkable but what is often overlooked is the Hall of Fame jockey’s ability to ride fairly and cleanly.
In fact, Thompson has gone a decade without suspension — that is an estimated 8000 rides without raising the ire of stewards. Scone chief steward
Shane Cullen even remembers the last time Thompson was suspended — because he issued the penalty.
“It was at Gunnedah on Robert’s birthday exactly 10 year ago,’’ Cullen recalled. “When they talk of the great jockeys like Beadman,
Quinton and Cook, I would be amazed if Robert Thompson isn’t in the top seven or eight.’’