Ron Hutchinson Australian Jockey
Ron Hutchinson Career Went Close For 40 Years Starting Way Back In 1945
Ron Hutchinson: Many of history’s great Australian jockeys made the most of the fame that goes along with winning both consistently and in big events in their native land, but for fortune, they often ventured to Europe and Asia where a significant win or two could pad a bank account to a greater degree and more rapidly.
One prime example of jockey who took this route lies in the account of the career of Ron Hutchinson.
40 Year Career
Ron Hutchinson career spanned close to forty years, starting in 1945 and concluding in 1978.
The beginning stages were in Australia, where he won multiple races of every variety, and finished up in Singapore and Malaysia with a substantial chunk of time in between where England and Ireland were productive venues for him.
As a young apprentice, just seventeen years of age, he notched his first significant win in the 1945 Australian Cup, which would classify as a Group 1 race under the current system, when he rode Knockarlow over 3500 metres.
Almost 60 other races known as one Cup or another fell to him, no mean feat by any reckoning.
He won that prestigious race again in the 1949-50 season, this time steering Bold Belle for the victory.
Ron Hutchinson also earned enough attention to be selected to ride the premier stayer of the time, Hoyle, when the two paired for wins in the Coongy Handicap and the Moonee Valley Cup.
Ron Hutchinson was to enjoy similar success in Australia for the next ten years. He regularly ranked at or near the top of his field and won the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership in 1958-59.
During that time, he could be found in the winners’ paddock in major features such as the Newmarket Handicap, the Futurity Stakes, the Doomben Cup, Metropolitan Handicap and the VRC Oaks.
Ron Hutchinson In Europe
The next year saw Ron Hutchinson exploring the racing environs of Europe.
The Duke of Norfolk engaged his services and continued to do so for the next 16 years. Hutchinson was to win more than 1,000 races during his tenure as the Duke’s rider, which works out to an average well above 60 for each year.
He was to be seen crossing the line first in the Ascot Gold Cup, the British 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas, the English St. Leger and the Goodwood Cup. He would also find Ireland to his liking with major victories in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on three separate occasions and the 2,000 Guineas as well.
When Ron Hutchinson decide to call it quits, he explored buying and selling racehorses, and it could safely be assumed that he would be an astute judge of quality and potential, although he showed no interest in becoming a trainer, being of the opinion, despite past evidence to the contrary, that the transition from jockey to trainer was rarely conducive to success.
He instead was lured to Malaysia and Singapore for one final stint as a rider, where he rode for a year and produced a jockeys’ premiership for his efforts. He then retired for good.
Hall Of Fame
Ron Hutchinson was honoured with inclusion in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2005. He was still alive to enjoy this honour, something that was not all that common for the famous jockeys from his era.