Bequests

Bequest of John & Denise Cobcroft

The National Jockeys Trust would like to acknowledge John & Denise Cobcroft’s generous donation.

The bequest from the Breeding Estate of Denise Cobcroft is the largest donation by a bequest, individual or fundraiser ever received by the National Jockeys Trust which was established in 2004.

Denise Cobcroft was known as a charismatic, warm-hearted, titian-haired beauty with dancer’s legs and abiding love of animals.

Her father a Hollywood actor, her Uncle an Oscar winner, Denise was destined to follow an artistic path. A dancer in London, she made her way to theatre and film in New York, Paris and New Zealand. This journey brought her to Melbourne where she would make appearances on the Don Lane & Barry Creighton Shows, and became known for her affinity with animals.

Denise met her husband 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. John and Denise made a striking couple, who 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 stakeswinners 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.