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Eleven inductees into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame
17 May 2017 | Racing Victoria 

Eleven new inductees on Wednesday were  inaugurated into the illustrious Australian Racing Hall of Fame, bestowing upon them racings highest honour and celebrating the greatness they have achieved throughout their careers.

One of the most eminent racehorse owners of the modern era, Lloyd Williams, today joined a suite of racing stars as he was inducted.

A distinguished contributor to Australian racing, Lloyd has owned five Melbourne Cup winners during his renowned career, as well as achieving success in the Sydney Cup, Adelaide Cup, Brisbane Cup, Golden Slipper and both the Victoria and AJC Derbies.

2007 Hall of Fame inductee and the first lady of racing, Gai Waterhouse, said Lloyd was a deserving inductee.

“Lloyd Williams is an outstanding person within the racing world. He has given so much to racing over so many years,” Gai said.

“He is unique in racing as he has been a major owner for five decades. His five Melbourne Cups, as an owner, is matchless and will never be beaten.

“Lloyd is racing’s greatest blessing and asset,” Gai concluded.

Winning seventeen consecutive races, including two consecutive Cox Plates, is no easy feat, and today champion thoroughbred Winx was added to the Hall of Fame honour board.

Under trainer Chris Waller, Winx has shot to local and international stardom and has been rated the best horse on turf.

Chairman of the Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Greg Carpenter, said Winx was a deserving inductee.

“Winx has captured the imagination of racing fans across the globe and is undisputedly the best mare in the world,” Greg said.

“It is only fitting that she is inducted this year, joining other equine inductees including two-time Melbourne Cup winner Archer, 1965 Melbourne Cup winner Light Fingers and 1996 Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate winner Saintly, trained by the Cup’s King, the late Bart Cummings."

Jockey John ‘JJ’ Miller, who rode the great stayer Galilee in a stunning series of victories from 1966 to 1967, including the Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup, CB Fisher Plate, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Autumn Stakes and Sydney Cup, has also been inducted.

A Perth native, JJ was victorious in every major race on the Western Australian calendar, including winning the WATC Australian Derby on six occasions.

“I would like to congratulate this year’s inductees and thank them for their contributions to our great sport,” Greg said.

All inductees will be officially welcomed into the Hall of Fame at a gala event this Friday 19 May at ZINC in Federation Square.

Now in its 17th year, the Hall of Fame acknowledges the heroes of the turf, both equine and human.

This year four horses (Archer, Light Fingers, Saintly and Winx), two jockeys (Tommy Corrigan and John JJ Miller), two trainers (Brian Courtney and Des Judd) and three associates (Edward Spencer ‘Alan’ Bell, the Lee-Steere Family and Lloyd Williams) were inducted.

All Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductees will be celebrated at feature race meetings on Saturday 20 May, including Flemington (VIC), Rosehill (NSW), Doomben (QLD), Belmont Park (WA) and Morphettville (SA).

Several Hall of Famers will be in attendance at the National Hall of Fame Raceday at Flemington including John Miller, the Winx connections and Anthony Cummings representing Saintly and Light Fingers.

Lloyd Williams, picture

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