Four-time winning AJC Derby jockey Ray Selkrig and “Miracle” Malcolm Johnston continue the countdown to Saturday’s 150th Group 1 David Jones AJC Australian Derby (2400m) by giving race-lovers an insight into what it takes for a jockey to claim victory in Saturday’s prized race for three-year-olds.
In an exclusive interview with the Australian Turf Club, the oldest living jockey to claim an AJC Derby, Ray Selkrig, reveals which of his four winners he believes was the best horse, while also touching on the prestige and honour associated with winning the great race.
Selkrig saluted on Prince Deville in 1954, Royal Sovereign in 1964, Swift Peter in 1967 and Gold Brick in 1971.
“Royal Sovereign won three Derby’s on three legs. He was an absolute champion.” Selkrig said. “The AJC Derby always separates the good horses from the bad ones, you can’t fluke it. Some great horses have won it over the years and looking at this year’s field, that trend looks certain to continue”, Selkrig said.
Joining Ray Selkrig in this week’s third and final instalment of the ATC’s viral campaign celebrating 150 years of the Group 1 David Jones AJC Australian Derby is “Miracle” Malcolm Johnston.
Johnston claimed AJC Derby glory on board Kingston Town in 1980 and believes it is the one race that every jockey wants to win.
“It was Imagele’s win in 1973 that stands out to me as a classic AJC Derby moment and from then on I knew it was the race I just had to win”. Johnston said.
“Kingstown Town treated other three-year-olds with contempt in 1980, he made me look good”.
As of today, race-lovers and history buffs around the country can catch these exclusive interviews on our website by clicking here - royalrandwick.com .
“Hearing the likes of legendary Sydney jockey’s Ray Selkrig and Mal Johnston talk with enthusiasm about winning an AJC Derby is truly inspirational and the perfect way to conclude our viral campaign celebrating the 150th running of the great race,” ATC CEO Darren Pearce said.
“I’d like to thank Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse, Syd Brown, Malcolm Johnston and Ray Selkrig for joining the ATC in celebrating this historic event, and once again encourage race-goers around the country to get to Royal Randwick this Saturday for what is shaping up as an inspirational afternoon of racing in Sydney. Not only do we have the running of the David Jones 150th AJC Australian Derby, but Black Caviar, the world’s fastest racehorse, will also be making her Sydney debut in search of her 12th consecutive win”.
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