FORMER jockey Clare Lindop added another accolade to her illustrious career in racing when she was inducted into the South Australian Thoroughbred Racing Hall Of Fame in Adelaide on Saturday night.
The former Warrnambool College student, who rode more than 1400 winners including four Group 1 races, started her career as an apprentice for Warrnambool trainer Frank Byrne before transferring her indentures to late-Hamilton trainer Jack Barling. Lindop hung up her saddle in July after a 23-year career.
“To have my name sitting alongside the legends of South Australian racing is truly an honour,” she said. “I am extremely proud of my achievements and the fact that I am part of racing history. I want to thank everyone who helped and supported me throughout my career.”
Lindop’s long list of achievements include being the first Australian woman to ride in a Melbourne Cup and the first female winner of the Victoria Derby.
Meanwhile, Darren Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable started off the Melbourne Spring Carnival with four winners including the group 1 winner Humidor in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.
Miss Gardenia, Native Soldier and Night’s Watch were the other Caulfield winners from the stable while Theanswermyfriend, also trained from Weir’s Warrnambool yard won the Penny Edition Stakes at Morphettville.
Weir’s foreman Jarrod McLean said it was a great day for the stable.
“It was a super win by Humidor in a top race,” he said. “I rate Humidor as the second best horse in Australia. The runs of Kings Will Dream and Black Heart Bart in the Memsie were sensational. The results are a great reward for all the staff at the Warrnambool stable.”
Mclean, who also has his own trainers license, saddled up Bryan to win a restricted race at Caulfield.