Robert Thompson Still Riding With Enthusiasm at Age of 59
Well north of Sydney, the Scone Race Club, holds a popular two day winter carnival that is a show of country racing at its best.
It is the home course of Hall of Fame jockey Robert Thompson, who could have retired a legend 20 years ago, but for the fact that the competitive fire that burns within is still blazing, even though he will turn 59 this weekend.
Thompson has ridden 4046 winners, most of any jockey. He did that over the course of 26,342 races.
He is most frequently found on the rural courses, but he has ridden in the Melbourne Cup and in over 100 countries around the world. The season past, he made 809 starts and won or placed 325 times, for a strike rate impressive by any standard.
He has a race named after him. The Robert Thompson Cup. The 1300-metre race is held at Newcastle in the spring. Thompson has won it.
You would think he would have his own Wikipedia page, but even though there are 37 Robert Thompsons listed by that source, which includes politicians, many sports figures, including a Robert Thompson who played footy for Essendon Bombers, military men and musicians, our jockey Robert Thompson seemingly did not pass muster.
Thompson will be aboard Singing in the 1600 m Listed Scone Cup on Friday, surprisingly in a quest for just his second win in all the 41 years he has raced.