Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Prestigious Honour for Late Rockhampton Jockey

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Prestigious Honour for Late Rockhampton Jockey

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IT was good to see the late jockey Ken Russell, who had strong links to Rockhampton racing, inducted into the Queensland Racing Hall of Fame last Saturday night.

Russell (pictured below) won four premierships on the Gold Coast and a title in Brisbane before going to Sydney where he became a multiple Group 1 winning rider.

He rode his last winner Whivory at Rosehill on October 9, 1993, and died in a fall during the last race of the day.

Russell was born in Monto and was granted a professional jockey licence by the Rockhampton Jockey Club in 1972, aged 20.

In the 70s Russell dominated Central Queensland racing and in 1980 he won the Rockhampton Cup on Panard and a CQ Amateur Cup on Bazza.

During his career he rode 1804 winners and also had success at overseas tracks in Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Dubai and Mauritius.

Some of Russell's biggest wins on the Australian turf included a Doncaster and George Ryder Stakes in Sydney, a Blue Diamond Prelude in Melbourne, a QTC Oaks, QTC Cup and QTC Derby in Queensland and a Goodwood in Adelaide.

His widow Carol regularly returns to Callaghan Park during our Winter Carnival for the memorial race in Ken's honour and his statue greets patrons near the entry to the race course.

Ken Russell was a true champion and a worthy Hall of Fame inductee.

Other inductees were trainer Peter Moody of Black Caviar fame, racing associate Patrick Joseph O'Shea and champion galloper Buffering.

STILL on awards, Rockhampton apprentice Zoe White collected two gongs at last Saturday's Racing Queensland season awards - Provincial Apprentice of the Year and the Racezone Medal for Most Wins in a Single Month.

Rocky's star filly, Tony McMahon's Paradis Imperial, won the QTIS Horse of the Year award.

It was some consolation for both White and McMahon who, as mentioned in this column a few weeks back, were surprisingly not among the finalists for a couple of the major award categories on the night. …

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