2000 Not Out, Rod Quinn Still On Top At 50

By: Ryan Clark
April 29th, 2011

The 2000 win club isn’t an overly populous group in the world of jockeys so when a new member is anointed a bit of a pat on the back and a few claps would certainly be in order.

Unfortunately for Rod Quinn though his milestone has been and gone with seemingly not a whisper heard throughout the entire racing community.

He rode his 2000th on the back of Persian Storm but the feat was only discovered by accident in an interview with the Daily Telegraph when Quinn was asked about the general statistics over his riding career.

“I’ve been riding 36 years in July,” he said.

“During that time I’ve probably ridden in about 22,000 races and won 2005 races.”

One of the true veterans in the sport, Quinn is now 50 years of age but certainly still knows how to find a winner, even at the top level as shown with Stand To Gain in the Sydney Cup last weekend.

His mount was only listed as an emergency for the event but got a start after an early morning race scratching.

It was the break Quinn needed after he had failed to secure a ride all week before he took the call from the Chris Waller stable.

The Sydney Cup is a race he had never won and in the back end of his career he’s incredibly grateful to have been able to cross another off the list.

“I was overdue to win it because 17 years ago I was asked to ride Cross Swords,” he said.

Cross Swords only had 52.5kg and I probably could have made the weight but I would have needed to waste hard.

“As it was a two-mile [3200m] race I told them I didn’t think I could do the horse justice.

Cross Swords came out and won the Sydney Cup so that hurt a bit.

“To the pick up the ride on Stand To Gain on race morning, for Chris [Waller] to be so confident the horse would run well, and then to come out and win the race was just great.”

Things can get even better for Quinn on Saturday when he travels to Hawkesbury to take up rides in seven of the eight races on the card.

He has a start in the Listed Rowley Mile with Peck as well as the Listed Hawkesbury Guineas with Giresun, both trained by Peter Snowden.

“Peter’s stable likes to have a good day at this meeting so it’s nice to pick up some rides for him,” he said

He’s not without a ride in the other Listed event either, riding Winner Take All in the Darley Crown, a horse that loves the wet and could be a huge chance with Hawkesbury currently a Heavy 8.

Unsurprisingly Quinn is the most experienced Hawkesbury jockey who is riding tomorrow and he feels he’s picked up a trick or two along the way.

“I like riding at Hawkesbury,” he said.

“Hawkesbury can sometimes favour on-pacers but with the track likely to be heavy, after a race or two you need to get out a bit wider in the straight.

“This is generally a really good meeting. It’s excellent racing, they get great crowds and the people seem to enjoy it.”

After hitting the 50 mark there still appears to be no signs of calling it a day and he says if anything cutting weight is actually becoming easier with age.

“I go to the races now and ride 53kg without having to sweat or anything,” he said.

“It’s like my body has finally said it would rather stay a bit lighter than do all the hard work in the sauna.

“I know I could not have kept going much longer having to waste so much, it would have been just too hard to keep riding.

“But my weight is good and that is a big plus at this stage of my career. I can keep going for a while because I still enjoy my riding.”

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