Alan “Jock” Gollogly

Alan “Jock” Gollogly

Author’s note: ‘I retain many fond memories of ‘gregarious’ Alan Gollogly as a journalist when he covered Scone Races for the NMH’.

Acknowledge: VALE: Alan ‘Jock’ Gollogly, one of racing’s last great characters (

Group 1-winning jockey, media man, racetrack “clocker” and general scallywag Alan “Jock” Gollogly passed away overnight after a battle with cancer.

Gollogly was 72.

There wasn’t much in racing Gollogly didn’t have a crack at or didn’t know about.

“He was mates with dad back in the day and from that period on I was with him on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for about the last 30 years or so,” champion Newcastle trainer Kris Lees said.

“When you sit with someone for three hours a day, three days a week you get to know plenty about them and he was extremely loyal to our stable.

“Everyone knew he was a scallywag and it added to his aura.

“During the Knights halcyon days, you’d find him having lunch with Andrew Johns two or three days a week.

“He always kept himself in the best company.

“We sound like dinosaurs but characters like Jock they’re not coming through again.

“Jock would hold court wherever he was. Whether he was telling the truth or not, it didn’t matter.

“He’ll be sadly missed.”

Gollogly was the grandson of Australian racing Hall of Fame inductee Fred Best and he did his apprenticeship under the legendary horseman.

In 1972 he won the Doomben 10,000 aboard Bengalla Lad before embarking on a riding a stint in Hong Kong.

He also rode in a Port Moresby Cup on his way back to Australia where he settled in Newcastle and won a jockeys’ premiership in his adopted hometown.

He also rode the great Luskin Star in a barrier trial.

“I’ve never driven a Formula 1 car but I reckon I know what it feels like having ridden Luskin Star,” Gollogly told Asian Racing Report last year.

Gollogly hung up his saddle in the late 1980s and turned his hand to the racing media.

It is believed that Jock was the first media man to provide pre-parade information on horses and also one of the first on horseback to do post-race interviews following major races.

Gollogly interviewed Shane Dye following his 1995 Cox Plate win aboard Octagonal and the following year he spoke to Darren Beadman after winning the race on Saintly.

Gollogly was also the Newcastle Clocker for many years and wrote a column for over 20 years for the Sportsman and he also wrote for the Newcastle Herald.

He loved to be the breaker of news and he loved finding that unheralded horse,” Lees said.

Racing NSW CEO, Peter V’landys added; “Jock Gollogly was a unique character who was well known and respected throughout the industry”.

“You would not find a more passionate racing person who possessed a fantastic sense of humour and was a master storyteller.

“Alan’s passing is a great loss as he touched so many with his sincerity and compassion. We send our sincere condolences to his family and many friends.”

Australian Turf Club will name a race in Jock’s honour at Royal Randwick this Saturday.

Gollogly is survived by his partner Lindsay and her daughter Miranda.

Widden Valley Tennis 1949

Widden Valley Tennis 1949

Featured Image: Acknowledge Richard Harris and ‘Insider Old Photos’, Lifestyle Page 113, ‘The Sunday Telegraph’, December 17, 2023.

I recall Richard (seated in the chair) having sent his wedding photographs to this newspaper some years ago. The photo brought back many happy memories for me although I only made my debut in the Widden Valley in 1967. Many of the would be-Davis Cup aspirants were well known to me, and many became my trusted friends throughout my professional life. I have written eulogies about Cliff Ellis and the Harris Brothers (x3).



In addition, Glen Wahlen was the single teacher at Giant’s Creek Public School when his star pupil later became High Court Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of Australia.



Richard Harris himself achieved a measure if fame as the breeder of champion racehorse Lord Dudley.


There might have been a budding Adrian Quist, John Bromwich, Ken McGregor or Frank Sedgman in the group but it’s a very long journey from Widden to Wimbledon. I know Cliff Ellis was partially instrumental in hosting both Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall in a demonstration match at Denman RSL Club in the early 1960s. George Ryder at ‘Woodlands’ was THE ‘mover-and-shaker’ then.

Ross Flynn (‘Oakleigh Stud’) is not included in the group because T L (‘Tom’) Flynn was yet to acquire both Emu Vale and Oakleigh Stud. Ross was a mean tennis ‘tragic’ and enjoyed many duals with his great mate Bill ‘Boozer’ Fittock from Aberdeen at the ‘Oakleigh’ homestead ant-bed court. The latter had beaten both Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall as juniors. However, Bill elected for a more congenial and relaxed lifestyle mostly committed to the licensed premises of his home town.

Implanting Plaques in Equine Walk of Fame Kelly Street

Email Message from Peter Haydon

Thursday 14th December 2023

Image: Acknowledge Peter Haydon. ‘TODMAN’ immortalised in Kelly Street

Just watched them put a couple in….looking so good.

“They seem very permanently fixed with cement & 4 holes filled with the 2 part mixed chemical brew to secure the 4 screws attached  underneath. Then a couple of minutes to set with a spirit level. 

They said you would have to break everything to get one out and then nearly impossible.” 

Lexington (Horse)

Lexington (Horse)

Featured Image: ‘Lexington’ (Book) by Kim Wickens

See: Kim Wickens – Author and Equestrian (

I’ve just read Kim Wickens book as pictured herewith. Enlightening! I think ‘Lexington’ might be the greatest of all thoroughbred sires. I know of no other who can claim a total of 16 National Champion Sires Titles?


See: Lexington – Kim Wickens (

What is even more remarkable is the ‘Lexington’ was at least partially blind! He suffered from an affliction called Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU) otherwise known as ‘Moon Blindness’.

See: Overview of Equine Recurrent Uveitis – Eye Diseases and Disorders – MSD Veterinary Manual (

From a veterinary point of view the author has correctly identified the pathology and prognosis. Under racing legislation today in all major jurisdictions ‘Lexington’ would not have been allowed to start. Essentially there is no cure, only palliative treatment, and care. It makes ‘Lexington’s racetrack performances so much more meritorious overall.

I have made several visits to Lexington, KY USA during my professional career beginning in 1970. We regarded it as the ‘Mecca’ of equine veterinary reproduction & science boasting world leaders in their fields. I never knew the existence of ‘Lexington’ the horse!