Greg Hall Australian Jockey
Greg Hall Considered One Of The All Time Great Jockeys In Australia
His is credited with 49 Group 1 race victories. Fewer than 20 others have surpassed him in the entire time the sport of thoroughbred racing has been contested.
Greg Hall was exposed to racing early in life and comes from an accomplished racing family. His father trained at Chicquita Lodge at Flemington racecourse.
Greg Hall's First Ride
Greg Hall had his first ride on a horse named Ronall that was trained by his father.
He had an older brother, Ron, who started out riding on the flat, and then took to the jumps.
Among his major triumphs are two Victoria Derbys, two prestigious Golden Slipper Stakes, a Cox Plate and the pinnacle of racing, the Melbourne Cup.
That came aboard the famous Subzero in 1992, when the pair bested a field of 21 on a rain dampened track that produced what has turned out to be the second slowest time, 3.24.70, since that year. Only Doriemus’s 3.27.60 win in 1995 was slower.
This is interesting for the fact that Greg Hall took the ride on Doriemus two years later in the 1997 Cup that featured one of the closest finishes of all time.
So close was it, in fact, that Greg Hall was convinced he had won, and despite photographic evidence that Might and Power was the true winner, there are still many who feel that it was Greg Hall and Doriemus who deserved the victory.
Hall was heard to remark often during the remainder of his career and after that he received as much attention for his second place finish in 1997 as he did for his 1992 win.
Greg Hall also likes to mention, in the somewhat laconic fashion that earned him his description of being a likeable larrikin, that while he won $130,000 for the victory, by the time he got from the track to his car, he had been nipped by the tax man and others to such a degree that he drove away with about $5,000.
Greg Hall Retires
Greg Hall retired several years after his close second in the 1997 Cup, and then made a brief comeback before hanging up his spurs for good.
He is a frequent fixture these days during the Spring Carnivals and is a prohibitive odds on favourite for one day inclusion in the Racing Hall of Fame.