What is a bequest?

The National Jockeys Trust is fortunate to be the recipient of a small number of bequests when people whose lives have been enriched by racing leave a planned gift - or bequest - in their Will. For anyone wishing to make a donation via a bequest in their Will, please see our Donations page for more details.

Bequest of John & Denise Cobcroft

The National Jockeys Trust would like to acknowledge John & Denise Cobcroft’s generous donation of $400,000 in 2017.

The bequest from the Breeding Estate of Denise Cobcroft was the largest donation ever received by the National Jockeys Trust. Denise Cobcroft was known as a charismatic, warm-hearted woman with an abiding love of animals.

She met her husband John and soul mate of four decades at the 1966 Singleton Horseshow. John was a wonderful horseman, playing polo for Australia alongside brother Brian who represented Australia in the Olympic Games, and they loved their life on the horse and cattle property Parraweena. Denise Cobcroft passed away in 2010, five years after her husband John in 2005.

The Cobcroft racing story begins with the success of Caranna (1955 AJC Derby, Rosehill Guineas, Cauleld Guineas etc); raced by John’s father. The Cobcrofts raced and/or bred many stakes winners including Salaam, Big Circle, Hot as Hell, Flaming Hot, Pekalan, Momentaire, Key Issue. Stakes success continued under the Breeding Trust of Denise Cobcroft with Master Harry, Under the Louvre, In Her Time and Alart.

We would like to thank the Trustees of the Breeding Estate of Denise Cobcroft for their efforts.