I love watching a front runner win like that, and great ride...brings back memories of the 80,s and beyond...
David Walsh Photo: Race Images Palmerston North
David Walsh surpassed the previous record of Hall Of Fame jockey Lance O’Sullivan when he rode Willy Duggan to victory at Blenheim on 27th April, 2014. O’Sullivan rode 2,479 winners both at home and internationally but Walsh’s exact total, while over 2,500, is unknown due to there not being a concise record available of his overseas successes.
David Michael Walsh was born in Ashburton in 1959 and when aged just 13 years he seized the opportunity to work at the stables of Jim Lalor which he did both before and after school. He was so keen that in school holidays he lived at the stable.
Before the year was out Walsh rode his first winner, named Three Sevens, one of four successes he notched in that first season. The next season he increased that to 18 winners, then to 44 winners and then in only his fourth season of riding 61 winners – a great career start to the highly talented young rider.
Walsh was so successful that he moved briefly to Riccarton and then on to Palmerston North to be stable rider for the very astute Garth Ivil. It was in the Central Districts and later the Waikato amid numerous sojourns to Australia that Walsh spent most of his riding career. In 2009 he moved back to Riccarton.
Walsh was easily the best front-running jockey in New Zealand and that style to allow horses to run freely in the lead was never more evident than when winning the W.S. Cox Plate on Solvit in 1994, leading for the final 1600 metres in scoring his most memorable win.
“I won several group ones on Solvit and he was a top performer,” said Walsh when prompted for the best he’s ridden, “and Courier Bay was a fantastic horse in every respect but didn’t race to his true level in Australia due to ill-luck and he probably deserves a higher place in our racing history.”...
Jimmy cassidy wasn,t a bad front runner eihter (or any where for that matter , KIWI) my personal memories of doing the Haka with my cuz, as jimmy went out and gave us a wink on Might and Power in the Caulfield Cup, will be a day we will never forget.
The form is quite good if you frank it. Pentathlon ran 3rd beaten 0.3l in the Lexus which was won by Crismonte with Vengeur Masque 2nd. Vengeur Masque of course won the Queen Elizabeth on the last day of the carnival in Melbourne. Thinking was that Vengeur Masque would have run in the first 6 in the Cup. 5th was 5 lengths off them in the Cup. Gobstopper won by 4. Makes interesting reading.
Cheers Turbos Koriokaramea,Gruffarooney,Rexasourus and Lloydyboy for a faultless finale
Cheers Peter And the Ferdies and big thanks for the comp too P.J. was a hoot
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