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Tom Clayton

Tom Clayton
Tom Clayton as he appeared on a 1908 cigarette card
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Sydney's North Shore
New South Wales, Australia
Birth date circa 1880
Death date 1909
Career wins unknown
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Melbourne Cup (1904, 1906)
Caulfield Cup (1906, 1907)
AJC Derby (1906)
Victoria Derby (1906)
Melbourne Stakes (1907)
AJC Plate (1908)
Rawson Stakes (1908)
Futurity Stakes (1908)
Significant horses
Poseidon, Acrasia, Antonio

Tom Clayton (ca. 1880 – 24 March 1909) was an Australian jockey of the early 1900s.

Born in a Sydney harbourside suburb on the north shore, Clayton was indentured to famous Randwick trainer Isaac Earnshaw and rode for him some of the best horses of the time. He was best known for his association with the champion Poseidon and accumulated an impressive record of major wins with this horse. Thanks to Poseidon, Clayton became the first jockey to win the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double in 1906. When Poseidon won the Caulfield Cup for a second time in 1907, Clayton became the first jockey to win consecutive Caulfield Cups.

Before teaming up with Poseidon, Clayton went close to winning the Cups double with Acrasia in 1904. Acrasia finished second in the Caulfield Cup, but went on to win the Melbourne Cup two weeks later. Courtesy of Warroo, Clayton achieved another second placing in the 1905 Caulfield Cup. Another of Clayton's major wins came in the 1908 Futurity Stakes on Antonio.

At 28 years of age, Tom Clayton sustained a compound fracture of the pelvis, broken ribs and internal injuries when his mount "All Blue" was one of twelve horses to fall during the running of the Trial Stakes at Rosehill on 20 March 1909.[1]. He died as a result of these injuries on March 24, 1909.[2]

On March 24, 2004 the presentation whips Clayton was given for his Melbourne Cup wins on Acrasia and Poseidon were sold at Public Auction in Victoria. The Acrasia whip was sold for $750 and the Poseidon whip was sold for $3,750 (figures in Australian dollars).[3]. After Tom's death, these whips had been passed in succession to his wife, his daughter and then his grandson.


  1. "Serious Racing Accident". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA). 22 March 1909. p. 6. http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5185670. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  2. "A Jockey's Death". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA). 25 March 1909. p. 7. http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5186753. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  3. Unknown. "Charles Leski Auctions - Horse Racing - Auction 232". http://www.leski.com.au/catalogues/a232/THOR.php. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 



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