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Kerry Smith - Queensland History of Racing

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Kerry Smith

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Categories: Jockeys
Region: South East Queensland

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cachondeo, craigola, doomben 10000

Kerry Smith was a lightweight jockey who rode with great success for 35 years in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. He served most of his apprenticeship with Tony Mazzaglia and somewhat lived in the shadow of his star "stablemate" Tony Erhart. But Smith was a fine jockey in his own right and holds the record of being the only Brisbane hoop to win a Group 1 race after the original winner returned a positive swab. He was aboard Bemboka Yacht who was second in the 1980 Stradbroke Handicap but was elevated to first after Ducatoon returned a positive swab. Smith rode the champion sprinter Mr Hush in a win and also rode Craigola to six wins before suspension saw Mick Dittman get the winning ride on Craigola in the 1973 Doomben 10,000.

Smith ran a block of units on the Gold Coast after his retirement. His son Damian was a handy apprentice rider. Smith's best wins included the Stradbroke Handicap (Bemboka Yacht), QTC Guineas (Gentle Jim), Goldmarket (King Capri), QTC Metropoltan (Cachondeo), Doomben Summer Stakes (Cachondeo), BTC Summer Cup (Golven, Sovereign Khan), Eye Liner Stakes (Sir Wisp, James Tradition), Cumberland Cup (Sailmaker), Doomben Mile (Kerry Ann), Lismore Cup (Fine Style), Meynink Stakes (Our Horizon, Sky Bliss, Tattwood), John Canty Flying (Red Matrice, Bogan Star), Club Stakes (Top Command), New Year's Gift (Flame Light), Delaney Quality (Grand Rocky), Weetwood Handicap (Allandale King), Chairman's Handicap (Noble Sun, Bucking Rip), and Labour Day Cup (Sovereign Khan).

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