Edgar Clive Britt Australian Jockey
Edgar Clive Britt In 1948 Alone Rode Almost 150 Winners
No one could argue that riding thoroughbreds for a living is a hazardous occupation which has caused more than one life to be lost.
Jockeys must accept this fact and embrace the risk in order to ride proficiently, and one man who defied the odds to have a long life despite taking the constant risks of piloting thoroughbreds is Edgar Clive Britt.
Britt was born in 1913 and is considered one of the foremost Australian jockeys of all time despite having done the majority of his riding on other continents.
Britt's First Win In 1930
Edgar Clive Britt first win was on home shores, coming at Canterbury racecourse in Sydney in the year 1930.
He was in America for a win in the 1933 Baltimore Cup, where he rode for trainer Mick Polson.
He notched a highly significant win after returning to Australia in 1934 and won the Sydney Cup aboard Broad Arrow. Next came a 10 year stint in India where he won every major race that country offers; some of them on multiple occasions. He won the title of champion jockey eight times during that period.
Edgar Clive Britt In England
Edgar Clive Britt then spent time riding in England after WW II. He spent the better part of 15 years there, finally retiring from racing in 1959. He accumulated 1200 victories in England, his most productive years coming betwixt 1947 and 1956, where he never sand below sixth place in the jockey premiership rankings.
In the year 1948 alone, Edgar Clive Britt rode just under 150 winners.
Major wins produced in England and Ireland includes, to mention but a few, two English St. Legers, the 1000 and 200 Guineas, and Irish Derby and two English Oaks.
Edgar Clive Britt was teamed with trainer Charles Elsey and earned the privilege to ride such notable champion thoroughbreds as Winooka, My Babu and Sayajitao.
He remained active in racing after his retirement from the saddle, acting in the role of commentator and journalist. His contributions toward casting his native land in a favourable light resulted in his being awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2004, by which time he had already succeeded in attaining the age of 90.
Inducted In To Hall Of Fame
That same year saw him being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
Serving as an ambassador for Australian horse racing proficiency, Edgar Clive Britt traveled the world and rode at a high level for many years.
Edgar Clive Britt decisively laid to rest any question that Australian riders could not compare to those of larger countries or even those countries where horse racing has existed for a longer time and in so doing, served notice to the world that the jockeys from Down Under take a rear seat to no one.