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Champion jockey Bill Pyers dies

Former champion jockey Bill Pyers, who rose from the SA riding ranks to become one of Australia's best-known horsemen, has died aged 71.

Champion jockey Bill Pyers dies

Former champion jockey Bill Pyers, who rose from the SA riding ranks to become one of Australia's best-known horsemen, has died aged 71.

Former champion jockey Bill Pyers, who rose from the South Australian riding ranks to become one of Australia's best-known international horsemen, has died aged 71.

Pyers was born in Horsham in 1933 and started his apprenticeship in Adelaide, riding his first winner at Cheltenham in 1950.


He went on to win six Adelaide premierships and became one of Australia's most successful big-race jockeys before embarking on a career in Europe.

The late Colin Hayes rated Pyers one of the best jockeys to ride for his stable.

Based in France, his major wins in Europe and America included the Arc de Triomphe, English 2000 Guineas, King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes twice, Irish Oaks, French Derby, French Oaks and the Washington International.

Her also rode winners in Germany, Italy and Sweden.

Pyers won several major events in Australia including the 1963 Caulfield Cup on Sometime and the 1963 Golden Slipper on Pago Pago.

Other major wins included a Doncaster Handicap, Newmarket Handicap, Futurity Stakes, VRC Sires' Produce Stakes, Adelaide Cup, South Australian Derby and two Goodwood Handicaps.

Pyers, who retired from the saddle 30 years ago, also rode champion galloper Tulloch, winning the Pullman Select Stakes in Adelaide on him in 1961.

AAP



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