As a Sydney race day photographer for more than thirty years, Steve Hart has gotten to know several generations of jockeys - some have become good friends.
It was Steve who suggested a special reunion of retired riders to the NSW Jockeys Association and the Australian Turf Club. Both bodies ran with Steve’s suggestion and last Saturday’s event was arranged.
More than sixty retired riders attended, some of them looking nothing like they did in their racing days.
The group gathered in the old Randwick jockey’s room which nowadays doubles as a function venue. The very ambience of that room triggered a million memories for the veterans who spent many hours there in days gone by.
We can’t use all of Steve’s photos, but we’ve included a few just to give you an idea of the importance of the occasion for some of the horsemen of yesteryear.