Edgar Britt, Australian jockey, Died at 103


Edgar Clive Britt was born on October 30, 1913, and died January 28, 2017.

He was an Australian jockey.

He was one of the first of many Australian jockeys.

He came to ride in Britain after World War II, he rode his first winner at Canterbury, in Sydney in 1930, before riding for the Maharajah of Baroda in India for a decade from 1935.

He moved to Britain to ride for the Maharajah, when his horses were trained by Sam Armstrong, winning the Cesarewitch Handicap on Kerry Piper and the substitute Manchester November Handicap on Oatflake in his first season in England.

The Maharajah’s Sayajirao provided his first classic winner in 1947 in the Irish Derby and St. Leger.

During 1948, he lost the retainer with the owner, but found a job with Marcus Marsh and when Harry Carr broke a leg, Britt came in for a number of rides for Cecil Boyd-Rochfort’s yard, winning the St. Leger on Black Tarquin.

Britt rode Musidora to win the 1949 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks, Frieze (horse) in the 1952 Oaks, Nearula in the 1953 2,000 Guineas and Honeylight in the 1956 1,000 Guineas, all for Charles Elsey’s stable.

Britt retired in 1959 and returned to Australia.

On 10 June 2004, aged 90, Britt was awarded the Order of Australia medal for service to horse racing as a jockey, commentator, and journalist.

Also he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in the same year.

Edgar Britt passed away at 103 years old.