Renowned jockey Edgar Britt has died at the age of 103 on the Gold Coast where he spent his latter years.
Inducted into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame in 2004, Britt rode all around the world, winning major races in Australia, America, India and England where he was the royal jockey for King George V1.
In 2013, the racing industry celebrated his 100th birthday with a function at Randwick where he was a regular racegoer well into his 90s.
Apprenticed to Mick Polson in Sydney, Britt rode his first winner at the age of 16 and accompanied the trainer to the United States in 1933 to win the Baltimore Handicap on Winooka.
After returning to Australia and winning the 1934 Sydney Cup, Britt accepted an invitation to ride in India where he spent 10 years riding for maharajas and won the premiership eight times.
In 1945 the Maharaja of Baroda invited him to ride in England where he remained until his retirement in 1959 after which he returned to Australia and became a racing columnist for a Sydney newspaper.
When Harry Carr broke his leg in 1948, Britt was asked to step in as the rider for the King and was watched on many occasions by the current Queen and her sister Princess Margaret
During that time he rode seven English Classic winners the winners of some 1200 races, including the Irish Derby and seven English classics: two Oaks, two St.Legers, two One Thousand Guineas, and a Thousand Guineas.
“Edgar Britt was one of Australia’s treasures,” Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said.
“Edgar had an outstanding record in the saddle which speaks for itself and was highly respected – you would not meet a nicer and more humbler man.
“Our sincere condolences go out to Edgar’s family and friends. He will be missed greatly.”
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