‘Much Beloved’ 79 Year Old Horse Racing ‘Clerk’ Takes Final Lap at Cranbourne Before Retirement

Published 01/12/2024, 10:45 AM EST

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In horse racing, certain individuals become inseparable from the very essence of the track. The clerk of the course at Cranbourne has become synonymous with the track itself, leaving an indelible mark on the racing community. Now, at the age of 79, he takes his final lap. The racing fraternity gathers for a night of celebration, bidding adieu to a legendary figure who spent nearly 50 years as a successful jumps jockey. Later, he transitioned seamlessly into the role of a respected administrator at Victorian race meetings.

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Having won Grand Nationals and the prestigious Grand Annual Steeplechase at Warrnambool twice during his riding career, his contributions have been immeasurable. Yet, as he announces his well-earned retirement after a lifetime dedicated to the sport, it becomes imperative to pay tribute to this remarkable man. He’s emblematic of the adage that age is just a number. What secrets lie behind his undying passion for the sport?

Kevin Wynne, genius zinger’s swansong at Cranbourne horse-racing racecourse

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Racing.com recently posted a heartwarming and poignant Instagram story. The story showcased Kevin Wynne, a man who dedicated almost his entire life to the field at Cranbourne. Kevin, a two-time Grand Annual winning jockey, was featured in the post. He made one last appearance in the field alongside a horse. Despite being 79 years young, he continues to work passionately, exemplifying that age is no obstacle when one is driven to work hard. The caption accompanying the post eloquently highlights Kevin’s impressive achievement,” Much-beloved clerk of the course Kevin Wynne will go around one more time at Cranbourne tonight. They further conveyed heartfelt wishes, saying,All the best in retirement, Kev.”

 

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Two years ago, Kevin Wynne reflected on his journey, sharing insights into his enduring connection with horses. At that time, he was 77, with over a lifetime of riding experience. He highlighted the challenges and joys of working with these remarkable animals. From his early days with ponies to his current role at Cranbourne horse racing track, Kevin’s dedication remains unwavering. It emphasizes the deep bond he shares with the horses and his enduring passion for this lifelong pursuit.

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Catching chaos in style!

In 2018, Kevin Wynne played a vital role at the Cranbourne Turf Club in Victoria, Australia. A loose horse created a challenging situation. Wynne, aged 75 at that time, skillfully managed to catch it. The entire incident was captured on video by the production crew, showcasing Wynne’s expertise in handling such scenarios.

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Wynne, reflecting on the event, downplayed the attention. He stated that his focus was on the job at hand – protecting the jockeys and horses. Despite the evasive manoeuvres of the horse, Wynne persisted and successfully secured the situation after a couple of grabs. His priority remained the well-being of everyone involved, and he expressed satisfaction that the outcome was positive. His legacy will remain untainted.

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Maleehah Shakeel

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Hey, I'm a fervent US sports writer at EssentiallySports, where my passion for sports seamlessly intertwines with the art of storytelling. I've honed my skills in crafting engaging narratives and offering insightful analysis within the realm of US sports, with a special expertise in equestrian sports. Equestrian sports aren't merely a fascination; they hold an irreplaceable spot in my heart.
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