Ron Quinton Australian Jockey
Ron Quinton Inducted In To Racing Hall Of Fame In 2006
Despite the opinion of his predecessor Ron Hutchinson that jockeys do not make successful trainers, Ron Quinton was one who proved that Mr. Hutchinson’s thinking was not infallible by doing exactly that-riding well for a long stint in the saddle and then training with effectiveness.
Ron Quinton was born in 1948 and was already a leading apprentice rider while he was still on the short side of twenty years of age.
This was during the year of 1967 and those immediately before and after. He got his senior jockey’s license in short order thereafter, and went on to win the Sydney jockeys’ premiership for his superb efforts in the 1969-70 season.
Ron Quinton Continues His Winning Way
He was to be observed winning on a consistent basis at all the significant metropolitan carnivals during that time.
His first major breakthrough would have been the AJC Oaks of 1973, a principal race of the time that has since been classified as Group 1.
Ron Quinton was riding Analie for that win, a mare from Kiwi land that put up nine top class wins in a very brief career that saw her declared the 1972 Champion Three-Year-Old Australian Filly.
It was she that assisted Quinton in adding the Doncaster Handicap to his tally that same year of 1973. Quinton was to repeat this win in 1983, this time courtesy of the well-known Emancipation that was well-nigh invincible during his 28 starts.
Ron Quinton Wins Epsom Handicap
Just one year prior, Ron Quinton had ridden Dalamacia when that horse took the prestigious Epsom Handicap.
All this success was sufficient to bring Quinton to the attention of T.J. Smith to the extent that he was chosen by Smith to ride the immortal Kingston Town to the win in the Cox Plate.
First up in the Melbourne Spring Carnival of 1981, Quinton steered Ravenaux home in the Victoria Derby.
Were his opinion to be sought, Ron Quinton would certainly acknowledge that his four wins in the Golden Slipper Stakes would be one of his top achievements. He shares that record with only Shane Dye, and the top names that lag behind him in this category includes the names of Dittman and Mulley.
Ron Quinton would also prove his mettle in Ireland with a partnership with Ron Denham and Petite Ile for a 1989 victory in the Irish St. Leger.
Quinton Wins Nearly 2200
When the ink was dry on Quinton’s racing record, it showed almost 2,200 wins. Close to 200 of those were features and almost 50 were in what are now considered, or were already considered by the time he won them, Group 1 level. He also had eight senior jockeys’ premierships to show for his work, with six of those coming in consecutive seasons from the years 1978-84.
Ron Quinton was elected to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2006 before embarking on his career as a trainer.
He accounts for 17 stalls that overlook the course at Randwick.
He needed only until 2000 to notch his first Group 1 win as a trainer, that coming in the Salinger Stakes and furnished by Easy Rocking, a horse that produced nearly $1 million in purses out of 20 starts.
Quinton’s first big win at Flemington was the 2002 VRC Oaks when he prepared Bella Borghese for that victory.
Quinton’s career as has continued to prove productive. He serves as a prime example that a jockey can make the transition to trainer and that intense desire and the thirst to make a contribution to racing in more than one form is indeed doable.
Rather than squander the profits from his career as a rider, a fate that has befallen more than a few of his comrades past and present, Ron Quinton instead turned those profits toward an enviable situation as a trainer that serves as a worthy example to all.