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Melbourne Cup winner Podmore dead at 79

Melbourne Cup winning jockey George Podmore has died after a long illness aged 79.

Melbourne Cup winner Podmore dead at 79

Melbourne Cup winning jockey George Podmore has died after a long illness aged 79.

Melbourne Cup winning jockey George Podmore has died after a long illness aged 79.

The highlight of Podmore's long career was his win aboard Evening Peal in the 1956 Melbourne Cup after the pair claimed the VRC-AJC Australian Oaks double the previous season.


During a career which spanned four decades, Podmore also counted a Sydney Cup, three Metropolitan Handicaps, a Doomben Cup and a Stradbroke Handicap among his big race wins.

Affectionately known as Georgie Porgie, Podmore also finished runner-up twice to the great George Moore in the Sydney premiership and retired to the Gold Coast some years ago.

Podmore's death came just four days after the birth of his fourth grandchild who has been named in his honour.

"My wife and I had a son just a few days ago and it was a natural we called him Georgie," Podmore's son Laurie told racenet.com.au.

"We were just so thankful that Dad survived to meet Georgie, it gave all of the family a lot satisfaction at a very hard time."

Podmore is survived by his wife Margaret, children Kerie, Laurie and Danny, and grandchildren Skye 24, Jasmine 20, Ruby 3 and Georgie.

AAP



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