THOMP­SON’S CLEAN SLATE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

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.’’

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