Hall Of Famer Robert Thompson Will Ride in Queensland Today
QUEENSLAND, Australia – Robert Thompson has expressed his excitement for the TAB 2020 Country Cups Challenge Final scheduled today, December 5. This 1,600-metre event at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse is reportedly a worthwhile opportunity for the Australian Hall Of Famer who will be aboard the Alex Malliff-trained Paniagua.
Thompson affirmed that the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from accomplishing his riding plans this year. He pointed out, nonetheless, that he had not lost his enthusiasm to travel north to Queensland, despite the pandemic affecting his 2020 agenda. The 62-year-old legendary Cessnock jockey shared that he had been going up to North Queensland for roughly 25 years.
Thompson cited that he still enjoys heading to that location at the moment, especially during the winter when the weather is favourable and warm. He added that he would head up north outside of carnival time if he finds the ride meaningful because he said that he still enjoys the journeys.
For over 20 years, Thompson has been a regular visitor jockey riding in Queensland. He is reportedly keen for that activity of his to carry on, as per the report posted online by Australian horse racing news and information website, Racenet. Thompson has ridden an Australian record 3,690 champions and counting across the country, with plenty of the racehorses hailing from the Sunshine State.
Additionally, this icon of the Australian horse racing industry intends to ride the carnivals at Townsville and Cairns this coming 2021. Every August and September, punters are likely to witness Thompson’s name pop up in racebooks in North Queensland when he takes part in those two carnivals next year.
Yesterday, December 4, Thompson arrived at Queensland for his hit-and-run mission in today’s Doomben racing event. He met Paniagua who has been victorious seven straight ahead of his city debut, consisting of the Townsville Guineas and Cairns Cup. The racehorse is the $2.80-favourite to carry on that run today. Thompson confirmed that he had ridden for Malliff in the past. He said that when he headed to the Sunshine State, the racehorse trainer had asked him to ride Paniagua.
Thompson cited that the bay-coloured son of Danni Sharleen and Tycoon Ruler had had one run back from a bit of a let-up and that the racehorse ran well. Thompson said that he hopes that Paniagua could continue that good sprint. He mentioned that they have a pleasant barrier, as well. The exemplary horseman affirmed that Malliff’s four-year-old gelding does not possess a considerable amount of speed. Thompson said that they, therefore, require some luck, even though he would rather barrier four than 24.
The Australian horse racing Hall Of Famer relayed that he understood Paniagua had been racing excellently on the tablelands. He said that the Mareeba Race Track resident possesses some pleasant form. Based on the information posted online by Racing Victoria, Thompson has a career spanning almost 40 years. He has ridden more champions than any jockey in the history of Australian horse racing.
Thompson is a native of Cessnock in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia. He hailed from a racing family and initially served as his uncle, Norm Collins’s apprentice. In March 1973, Thompson bagged his first-ever victory at Wyong. By the time he concluded his apprenticeship, the champion jockey had 499 winners to his credit. In 2015, Thompson became an inductee in the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame.