Next NSW Race

Latest News

Vale Mr Merv Maynard

NSW country domination, metropolitan demand, overseas adventures, a Melbourne Cup ride and even meeting the Queen. It was all part of an extraordinary career belonging to Adamstown jockey Merv Maynard, who died on Sunday aged 85.

Now the National Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame inductee has been remembered as a successful and trail blazing rider through one of Australian racing’s golden eras.

“I remember watching him go around when I was a kid and he rode to a fair age,” Newcastle Herald racing expert Gary Harley said. “A great record and a good bloke – nature’s gentleman.”

Maynard twice claimed the Newcastle Jockey Club premiership and saluted every year he rode between 1948 and 1994, including 18 NSW country cup victories. He recorded more than 1500 winners in total, including group and listed races across four countries – Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia.

His heyday came in the 1950s, sought out by the likes of renowned trainer Tommy Smith and a Melbourne Cup appearance in 1952. In 1992 he met Queen Elizabeth, upon personal request, four decades after winning the inaugural Queen’s Cup at Randwick.

Maynard is survived by wife Judy, also a trainer, son John and five grandchildren.

The Latest Racing News

Fred's Building More Than 15 Minutes Of Fame

If it’s not enough having a building named after you, then try having a race named in your honour enough ...
Read More

Wyong Winners - Tips For Wednesday 19th December

By Ray Hickson Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Wednesday’s meeting at Wyong. Selections based on ...
Read More

Schweppes Sydney Cup Bonus Returns To Autumn Carnival

Local and international stayers will again have increased incentive to target the $2 million Schweppes Sydney Cup under Australian Turf ...
Read More

2YO Handicap At Taree (Sunday 23rd December) - Abandoned

Please be advised that due to a lack of nominations in the 2YO Handicap (1000m) at Taree on Sunday, 23rd ...
Read More

Tommy Berry The One To Follow At Wyong (Weds)

Tommy Berry heads up the M1 to Wyong on Wednesday where he has an attractive book of rides on the ...
Read More
Loading...
Racing NSW Apps
View
Mobile Version
Contact
Forms
Information
Industry Links