01/08/2008 12:00AM

Moore, top Australian rider, dies


George Moore, one of the greatest jockeys in Australian racing history, died in Sydney on Tuesday at the age of 84.

The winner of 119 Group 1 races, an Australian record, Moore won five AJC Derbies, two Victoria Derbies, two Cox Plates, and two Golden Slippers. In two stints in Europe, he won the 1959 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Saint Crespin and the French Derby on Charlottesville in 1960. In 1967 he won both the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby aboard Royal Palace, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on Busted and the 1000 Guineas aboard Fleet.

Moore retired from riding in 1971. As a trainer, he was champion in Hong Kong 11 times.

His son Gary was also a successful jockey, winning the Arc himself on Gold River in 1981, producing a father-son feat duplicated only by Yves and Eric Saint-Martin.

Moore, who had Alzheimer's disease, had also suffered from heart problems and a stroke in recent months.