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Bob Skelton

Bob Skelton
RJ - The Bob Skelton Story
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace New Zealand
Birth date c.1934
Career wins 2230
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Wellington Cup (1961, 1962, 1963)
Auckland Cup (1974, 1977)
Melbourne Cup (1976)
Easter Handicap (1977)
New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame (2006)
Significant horses
Grey Way, Van der Hum, Great Sensation

Robert J. "Bob" Skelton (born c. 1934) was a top jockey in New Zealand and Australian Thoroughbred horse racing who competed from the 1950s through the 1980s. Among his many major race wins, Skelton rode Great Sensation to three victories in the Wellington Cup and won the Auckland Cup on Rose Mellay in 1974 and again in 1977 on Royal Cadenza. In 1976, he rode Van der Hum to victory in Australia's most prestigious race, the Melbourne Cup and ten years later rode Rising Fear into second place in the 1986 Cup.

Skelton retired in the 1987-88 season. He was inducted in the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame in 2006 and in 2007 the Auckland Racing Club voted him as their 8th official "Legend of Ellerslie" where he won nine jockey premierships at Ellerslie Racecourse between 1955 and 1976.


  • Ryan, Dennis. RJ - The Bob Skelton Story (1979) Rugby Press, Auckland ISBN 0959755365


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