Melbourne Cup Winner Australian Jockey Johnny Letts
We were graced by one of the great legends of Australian horse racing, Former Melbourne Cup Winner and champion bloke, jockey Johnny Letts.
John stayed with us while he performed his ambassadorial duties around our wonderful horse capital town of Scone. John Richard “Johnny” Letts is a former Australian jockey whose career spanned almost 30 years, retiring from race riding in 1988. Letts began riding as an apprentice in 1959, aged 16 years old and eventually rode over 2,300 winners. He was immortalized by winning the Melbourne Cup twice on Piping Lane in 1972 and Beldale Ball in 1980.
Scone was an obvious destination and was selected among 38 other towns and cities across the globe, as part of the Victoria Racing Club’s 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. This initiative is bringing the cup to the people around the country to share the stories of the legends connected to the race. John was here to speak about the importance of bringing the magic of the Melbourne Cup to regional areas like Scone and Aberdeen.
Thanks for staying with us Johnny! We loved having you and share your amazing stories and history with us.