|Region:||South East Queensland|
Scottish-born but Kiwi-raised jockey, Brian York, came to Brisbane via Singapore. He formed an almost unbeatable association with trainer Bruce McLachlan and they set all types of records in the late 1980s. He was such a good judge of pace on front runners many joked he was born with a stopwatch in his head.
While based in Brisbane he often rode at the big southern carnivals winning the 1988 Caulfield Cup on Imposera with a brilliant front running ride. After winning the Brisbane premiership three times York moved to Sydney in the late 1990s and won the 2000/01 jockeys title.
York was associated with some of the superstar horses of the 1990s to 2000s but his career was cut short after a serious knee injury sustained in a fall. He later became a very good photographer.
York's best wins included the Caulfield Cup (Imposera), AJC Derby (Fairway), AJC Oaks (Rose Archway), Stradbroke Handicap (Toledo), VRC Newmarket (General Nediym), BMW Classic (Might and Power), Gadsden Handicap (Planet Ruler), Caulfield Guineas (Chortle, Our Maizcay), VRC Lightning (General Nediym), Epsom Handicap (Filante), AJC Metropolitan (Vita Man), AJC Spring Champion Stakes (Fairway, Fraternity, St Jude), Toorak Handicap (Planet Ruler), Doomben Cup (Might and Power, King Kietel), AJC All Aged Stakes (El Mirada), AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Might and Power), Queen of the Turf Stakes (Kenbelle), Arrowfield Stakes (Savannah Success, Sixty Seconds), Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (St. Jude, Our Maizcay), Ascot Vale Stakes (Our Maizcay), Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic (St. Jude, Our Fiction), BTC Cup (St. Jude), Premiere Stakes (On Type), Chelmsford Stakes (Might and Power), Silver Slipper (Passmore), Hobertville Stakes (Fairway), QTC Cup (Pembleton), Surround Stakes (Savannah Success), Todman Stakes (Royal Courtship), Hollindale Stakes (Might and Power), P.J. O'Shea Stakes (Hey Pronto), Queensland Guineas (Planet Ruler), Tattersall's Cup (Plume Dor Veille), Mercedes Benz Healy Stakes (Lots of Rule), BTC Sprint (Lots of Rule), QTC Sires' (Chortle), Kyneton Guineas (St Jude), Queensland Cup (Diego, Evasion), San Domenico Stakes (General Nediym), Silver Shadow Stakes (Ateates), Up an Coming Stakes (Zariz, General Nediym, Newquay), Concorde Stakes (Pheonix Park, Condoti), Kingston Town Stakes (Vita Man), MVRC Moonee Valley (Ateates), Gloaming (Fairway), The Shorts (Ab Initio), Harold's 101 Stakes (Monte's Cove), VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Vita Man), Kindergarten Stakes (Royal Courtship), Skyline Stakes (Koomootoo), Sweet Embrace Stakes (Ha Ha), Adrian Knox Quality (Starry Way), QTC Grand Prix (Distinctly Secret), QTC Lightning (Cangronde), Ascot Handicap (Cohort), O'Shea Stakes (Magnolia Hall), Prince Ministers Cup (Royal Magic), QTC Oaks (Royal Magic), QTC Derby (Royal Magic), Glenlogan Stakes (Seawinne, Rich Pagentary), Doomben Breeders' Stakes (Staging), Courier Mail Classic (Proud Player), Eye Liner Stakes (Petersfield Lad) and Easter Cup (Our Blarney Girl).