Ron Quinton

Ron Quinton is an Australian jockey who is known for his immense success in the field during the 70s and the 80s. He achieved his senior premiership eight times in 3 decades. With a magnificent career of twenty eight years as a horse jockey, he has been one of Australia's leading horse jockeys. This article written by Pro Group Racing for horse racing tips

Ron Quinton, born in Dunedoo, New South Wales, was a leading horse jockey in Australia between 1967 to late 1980s. He held a horse jockey's license for nearly twenty three years. He was a student of one of the best horseracing trainers in Australia, Theo Green. Quinton, under the guidance of Theo Green turned out to be a leading horse jockey in Sydney in 1967 by winning a title of Sydney Apprentice. Winning 8 premiers in a span of a 28 years long career, Ron Quinton, in 2006, was inducted in the Hall of Fame.

From the very beginning Quinton had a passion for horses and horse riding. A childhood spent on racetracks and a teenage learning horse riding eventually made him choose horse jockey as a career option. His career officially started as a licensed jockey in 1969 when he stood second to the famous jockey George Moore in the year's premiership. Little was known that this young jockey will go ahead to win as much as 8 premierships in his long career.

With excellent training from a star trainer Theo Green he had a major breakthrough in his career, winning his first race on the horse named Analie in the AJC Oaks. Among his numerous wins, the most prominent ones include the winning of Doncasters on Analie and Emancipation, two of the star racehorses of their times. On Kingston Town he won the WS Cox plate, while on Ravenaux he won the Victoria Derby. Another major win of Quinton is an Epson which he won on Dalmacia. Apart from it all, he has a record of four victories in the Golden Slipper Stakes. He shares this record with the famous horse jockey Shane Dye, who was his contemporary.

His career perpetuated in Ireland where in from 1988 to 1990 he won the Group 1 Irish St. Leger. Over all, Ron Quinton has been the winner of numerous races in Australia. The 8 senior premierships are the most prominent victories of his career. Apart from his 4 wins in the Golden Slipper Stakes, he has won four Oaks too. He has also won three Derbies, an Epsom, a Doncaster, Cox Plate, 1000 guineas, Rosehill Guineas, and a Brisbane cup. Additionally, he has won a couple of Canterbury Guineas too ad a couple of Metropolitan races as well. He has also been a winner of Doomben 10000 once. Undoubtedly, Quinton has had a lavish career full of excellent titles and victories, making him a legendary horse jockey in the Australian Horse racing circle.

Quinton retired in 1990. The following day of his retirement he got himself involved in his private enterprise as a trainer. Today he is one of the leading horseracing trainers in Sydney. His passion for horseracing has perpetuated even in the time after his retirement and he is pursuing the same in good capacity. His return to the race track has made him the founder of the Ron Quinton racing stables. As a trainer too, he has been immensely successful with many of his apprentices winning in the late 90s and the earlier years of this decade. His major success as a trainer were the victories of Easy Rocking in Salinger Stakes and VRC Group 1in 2000; and Bulla Borghese in the VRC Oaks in 2002.

Apart from being a leading trainer, Ron Quinton has also been an active member of the Jockey's Association and the Trainer's Association Committee. His contribution to Australian Horse racing both as a horse jockey and as a trainer has been great. His dedication to the sport and his passion towards the horse racing is something which has set an example for many young aspirants in the field.