The Australian Jockeys Association and National Jockeys Trust unveiled a memorial at Caulfield Racecourse on the 5 March 2005 and at Royal Randwick Racecourse on 6 September 2014 to commemorate those jockeys who have died in riding accidents.
The monument consists of a bronze figure of a jockey standing 1.8 metres with a base of 1.2 metres of 6 panels containing the names of 880 jockeys. The jockey, in a sense anonymous, is based on famed rider Hughie Cairns who was killed in a hurdle race at Moonee Valley. The stance has been been copied from a mounting yard photograph taken prior to one of Cairns’ 14 feature wins on Heroic.
On a solemn note there are seven Melbourne Cup winning jockeys listed (A. Robertson, H. Dawes, R. Reed, H. Cairns, K. Voitre, W “Billy” English and N. Sellwood) along with the fathers of John Marshall, Jimmy Johnson, Damien Oliver and Tony Vasil. Also, the brothers of Bobby Lewis, Damien Oliver, Harold Badger and Bob Cox.
The memorial is the work of Melbourne artist Jennifer Mann and was the inspiration of the late Ned Wallish. The AJA and National Jockeys Trust is most grateful for the donations from the many organisations and individuals, both within the thoroughbred racing industry and externally, who made the construction of this magnificent memorial possible.