Simon Marshal Jockey | Media Personality
Simon Marshall Won 15 Group 1 Events & Considered Best Weight-For-Age Jockey
Simon Marshall was a thoroughbred jockey who achieved his zenith as a rider in the early to mid-90s. During this time he won 15 Group 1 events and was considered the best weight-for-age jockey in Australia.
Marshall’s father was himself a jockey who turned to training after a bad fall. The younger Marshall had his first fast gallop at the tender age of eleven under the watchful eyes of his dad. Simon Marshall
Simon Marshall rode champions such as Super Impose, Naturalism, and Better Loosen Up to mention just a few.
Being entrusted with thoroughbreds of this caliber is more than adequate testimony to his prowess.
Add to that over 700 winners and accolades from trainers Gai Waterhouse and Lee Freedman, both of whom mark Marshall as one of the best weight-for-age tacticians to ever steer a horse, and you have further proof of his abilities.
He attracted enough attention to earn three Melbourne Cup rides.
Simon Marshall also had the highest winning percentage, 28.6%, of any metropolitan jockey in recent times.
Some of Simon Marshall’s top wins would be the Australia Cup, Australia Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes and the South Australia Derby.
At the tender age of 18, Simon Marshall began to realize that his career as a jockey would be short-lived.
He grew somewhat tall for a jockey and had constant battles with his weight.
Even as a fourteen-year-old, he was already accustomed to dieting and spending long periods of time in the sauna in order to achieve the correct weight by race day.
He was forced to retire in 1997 when the price for his weight control efforts resulted in his collapse in the jockey’s room. He did make a comeback five years later in 2002, winning twice in three starts. He did manage, despite his weight battles, to persevere for eleven years.
Television And Radio Commentator
Simon Marshall’s life after racing has seen him remaining active in the sport of racing.
He has written a book about his life and times on the turf. He also has served the sport as a television commentator, where he provided equestrian commentary during the Beijing Olympics. Marshall wrote a biography, Hold ya Horses - laughs, highs and Wild times of Simon Marshall
Simon Marshall also finds work from time to time as a motivational speaker and donates time to the Fight Cancer Foundation.