Cobcroft Legacy Benefits National Jockey Trust

The late couple John and Denise Cobcroft were popular and well-known NSW breeders who had an incredible passion for the thoroughbred racing industry.

Cobcroft Legacy Benefits National Jockey Trust

The late couple John and Denise Cobcroft were popular and well-known NSW breeders who had an incredible passion for the thoroughbred racing industry.

The Cobcroft racing story began with the success of Caranna (1955 AJC Derby, Rosehill Guineas, Caulfield Guineas), a fine stayer raced by John’s father.

John and Denise Cobcroft raced and/or bred many stakes winners including Salaam, Big Circle, Hot As Hell, Flaming Hot, Pekalan, Momentaire and Key Issue.

Denise met her husband and soul mate of four decades at the 1966 Singleton Horse Show.

John was a wonderful horseman, playing polo for Australia alongside brother Brian who represented Australia in the Olympic Games. John Cobcroft was also a committee member and leader of the Quirindi Jockey Club for more than 25 years.

Denise Cobcroft’s father was a Hollywood actor and her uncle an Oscar winner.

She was also destined to follow an artistic path, moving from being a dancer in London to theatre and film in New York, Paris and New Zealand before she arrived in Melbourne where she would make appearances on popular TV shows.

John Cobcroft dubbed his much loved wife “Big Red and together they made a striking couple who loved their life on their horse and cattle property Parraweena near Quirindi.

Denise Cobcroft passed away in 2010, five years after the death of her husband John in 2005 but not before she laid plans for the establishment of the Denise Cobcroft Breeding Trust following a conversation with former AJC and Racing Australia chairman and close friend Bob Charley.

Denise made a passionate plea to Charley not to sell her mares and to continue to breed with them.

As per her wishes the Denise Cobcroft Breeding Trust was legally formed, with Peter Brown, Fred Moses and Bob Charley appointed as Trustees.

The mares remained under the care of Fred Moses and the Trustees continued to breed with them, at the request of Denise, with the proceeds designated to help injured jockeys

After her passing breeding success continued under the Breeding Trust with Master Harry, Under the Louvre, In Her Time and Alart among the stakes performers.

As a result of that success Bob Charley has announced a bequest of $400,000 to the National Jockeys Trust in accordance with the wishes of Denise Cobcroft.

The announcement was made during the National Jockeys Trust luncheon at Caulfield on July 15 and is the largest donation from an individual, fundraiser or bequest since the establishment of the charitable organisation in 2004.

“Denise Cobcroft was known as a charismatic, warm-hearted, titian-haired beauty with an abiding love of animals.

“It was Denise’s desire that the money should benefit injured jockeys so it gives the Trustees great satisfaction to have been able to fulfil the wishes of our beautiful friend,” Charley said.

The National Jockeys Trust has been overwhelmed by the generous legacy left by Denise Cobcroft.

“The bequest from the breeding estate of Denise Cobcroft is the largest donation ever received by the National Jockeys Trust.

“It is extremely humbling to formally acknowledge this donation, on behalf of the National Jockeys Trust Board of Trustees and most importantly the beneficiaries of the National Jockeys Trust.

“We would like to thank the Trustees Peter Brown, Bob Charley AO and Fred Moses for their management of the Trust and for making this presentation.” said Paul Innes, chairman of the National Jockeys Trust and Chief Executive of the Australian Jockeys Association.

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