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Vale Roy Higgins

Monday, 10th March 2014

Roy Higgins, one of Australia's greatest jockeys, passed away on Saturday night at Melbourne Private Hospital, reports smh.com.au. He was 75. Higgins, affectionately known as The Professor, won a record 11 Melbourne jockeys' premierships and rode 2312 winners despite a constant battle with weight. Born at Koondrook in northern Victoria on June 5, 1938, Higgins began in Deniliquin with his master, Jim Watters. He would go on to win most of Australia's major races, including two Melbourne Cups on Light Fingers (1965) and Red Handed (1967) for Bart Cummings in one of the great partnerships in the sport. He was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in 1987. In recent years, Higgins was involved in racehorse syndication with his good friend Wylie Dalziel. The pair won a stakes race at Flemington on 1 March with 2YO Sebring filly Bring Me The Maid.

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