Australian racing mourns the death of record-breaking jockey Harry White

Harry White, one of Australia’s most gifted jockeys who rode four Melbourne Cup winners, has died at the age of 78.

A member of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, White teamed up with Bart Cummings for three of his Melbourne Cup triumphs. 

He rode Think Big (1974-75) and Hyperno (1979) to victory for the legendary trainer.

White also rode Arwon, trained by George Hanlon, to win at Flemington in 1978.

Alongside Bobby Lewis, White shares the record for riding the most winners in Australia’s greatest thoroughbred race.

The Victoria Racing Club paid tribute to White, who was admired as a master tactician in staying races during a golden era of racing.

“White is revered as one of Australia’s greatest jockeys,” a VRC statement said.

Harry White on Think Big after winning the Melbourne Cup in 1975. Part-owner Tunku Abdul Rahman, the former prime minister of Malaysia, leads them off the track.(Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In a riding career that spanned 35 years, White rode more than 2,000 winners and was crowned Melbourne’s champion jockey on four occasions.

White’s resume also included Caulfield Cup wins on Sobar and Ming Dynasty.

He also rode Rubiton to victory in the 1987 Cox Plate.

White retired from riding in 1995 and was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.


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