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Australian jockey George Moore dead at 84

other Updated: Jan 09, 2008 10:06 IST
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George Moore, one of Australia's greatest jockeys who enjoyed considerable riding and training success overseas, has died aged 84, his family said.

Moore, who died in a nursing home here late on Monday, had been in poor health in recent months, and his family last month confirmed his condition had been deteriorating.

His son, Gary, also a former champion jockey and now a leading trainer in Macau, said his father's health had been failing for some time and he was suffering from advanced Alzheimer's disease.

Moore won a record 119 Group One races in Australia and teamed up with trainer Tommy Smith to form the most successful trainer-jockey combination in Australian horse racing.

He won two Cox Plates, two Golden Slippers, three Sydney Cups, five AJC Australian Derbies, two Victoria Derbies, three Doncasters, two Epsoms, three Stradbrokes, five Doomben 10,000s and three Doomben Cups in his celebrated riding career.

Moore rode with success overseas, winning the 1967 Epsom Derby on Royal Palace and the 1959 Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe on Saint Crespin.

He also won the French Derby, English 1000 and 2000 Guineas and the Ascot Gold Cup.

Known by the nickname 'Cotton Fingers' for the soft handling of his mounts, Moore became the most dominant rider Sydney horse-racing has seen, winning a record 10 jockeys' premierships between 1957 and 1969.

When Moore retired from riding in 1971, he had won 2,278 races in Australia.

He then took out a trainer's licence in Hong Kong and won the premiership there 11 times in 13 years before he retired.

Moore became the first jockey to be inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame in 1986.