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Gavan Duffy - Queensland History of Racing

Queensland History of Racing

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Gavan Duffy

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Categories: Jockeys
Region: South East Queensland


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The son of an Irish jockey, Gavan Duffy started his apprenticeship in England and then went to Albert McKenna in Sydney. He outrode his allowance within 12 months and switched to Bruce McLachlan in Brisbane where he earned the name "King Duff". He rode several hundred winners in the 1980s before eventually returning to ride in Sydney. Duffy was famous for his run-ins with Melbourne stewards and at one stage he refused to ride in Victoria after his short stirrup riding style was banned. In retirement Duffy tried his hand at training with plenty of success.

His best wins as a jockey include the Stradbroke (Brenlaine), AJC Doncaster (Hula Chief), Doomben Cup (Pelican Point), Brisbane Cup (Limitless), Rosehill Guineas (Drawn), Eye Liner Stakes (Mighty Kingdom, Atropine), Fraser Handicap (Tactics, Hondomatic), King George IV Stakes (Bakerman), Queen's Cup (Natski), Millie Fox Stakes (Verdict Declared), Birthday Card Stakes (Verdict Declared), Brisbane Cup (Limitless, Lord Hybrow), QTC Sires' Produce (Reenact), Eye Liner Stakes (Mighty Kingdom, So Dandy, Atropine, Pittance), Ipswich Cup (Clive Comet), Prime Minister's Cup (Avitt [2], Colour Page), QTC Cup (Vitalic), QTC Lightning (Daybreak Lover), Ken Russell Memorial (Royal Paree, Gypsy Circle) and Weetwood (Neptunes Scout).


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