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24 Apr 17 19:04
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Johnny sadly passed away over the weekend a great light weight jockey RIP
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Report Vubiant April 24, 2017 8:06 PM BST
Amen to that.
Report observerirl April 24, 2017 8:14 PM BST
Foremost Irish jockey of his era late 60's & 70's. In truth as a kid he was my idol. May he RIP
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 9:42 PM BST
The death has taken place of the former nine-time Irish champion flat jockey Johnny Roe. He passed away on Sunday aged 79.

During an illustrious career in the saddle, Roe was employed as stable jockey to top trainers Vincent O’Brien and John Oxx snr. He also enjoyed a spell riding for Dermot Weld. In 1967, he rode Pampalina to win the Irish Oaks for Oxx, and also enjoyed Curragh classic success on Royal Danseuse in the 1964 Irish 1,000 Guineas. In 1975, Roe won the English 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Nocturnal Spree. Perhaps the best horse he rode to victory was the subsequent Derby winner Roberto in the 1971 National Stakes.

He was champion jockey in Ireland from 1962-63, 1966-68 and 1971 to 1975. He was fondly remembered by John Oxx on Monday, who recalled many winners Roe partnered for his father. “He was a very good stable jockey, a very good rider and a very decent fellah, Johnny. Himself and my father had a great relationship, and he rode winner after winner. “Johnny would go all over the country in those days, looking for winners, and the roads were a lot different then. But he was always in the yard the following morning,” Oxx said.

Roe retired from riding in 1980, and subsequently trained in Macau before becoming a successful bloodstock agent.
Reposing in Bray and on Wednesday in St Mary’s Church, Sandyford with burial after in Kilmacanogue. May he Rest in Peace.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2017 9:47 PM BST
CV - Born March 26, 1938

Apprenticed to Seamus McGrath, Sandyford, County Dublin
First winner Chosen Star, Naas, May 22, 1954
Irish Classic winners Royal Danseuse (1964 1,000 Guineas), Pampalina (1967 Oaks)
British Classic winner Nocturnal Spree (1975 1,000 Guineas)
Pattern wins on Roberto 1971 Anglesey Stakes, National Stakes, 1972 Vauxhall Trial Stakes

Other notable winners in Ireland Feemoss (1963 Blandford Stakes), Adriatic Star (1964 Phoenix Stakes), Place D'Etoile (1970 Pretty Polly Stakes), Abergwaun (1971 Rockingham Handicap), Boucher (1971 Beresford Stakes, 1972 Nijinsky Stakes, Desmond Stakes), Home Guard (1972 Tetrarch Stakes, Rockingham Handicap), Chamozzle (1972 National Stakes, Beresford Stakes), Star Appeal (1973 Madrid Free Handicap), Hurry Harriet (1973 Pretty Polly Stakes, 1975 Ballymoss Stakes), Bigaroon (1973 Irish Cesarewitch), Miss Toshiba (1975 Pretty Polly Stakes)

Other notable winners outside Ireland Mandamus (1965 William Hill Gold Cup), Continuation (1966 Royal Hunt Cup), Current Coin (1966 Cork and Orrery Stakes), Red Alert (1974 Jersey Stakes, Stewards' Cup), Highest Trump (1974 Queen Mary Stakes), Hot Spark (1975 Palace House Stakes), Steel Heart (1975 Goldene Peitsche)

Champion Flat jockey 9 times (1963, 1964, 1966-68, 1971-74)
Most wins in a season 87 in 1972 (broke Martin Quirke's Irish Flat record of 86 in 1923)
Most wins in a British season 44 in 1965

Compiled by John Randall (RP)
Report workrider April 24, 2017 10:16 PM BST
Really sorry too read that about Johnny,a real gentleman his love of the game knew no bounds,I had a few little chats with him last year at the Curragh,nearly sure I spotted him at Leopardstown recently.R.I.P.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 27, 2017 8:26 PM BST
......... A Stroll Down Memory Lane ..........workrider 07 May 16 18:39 Went for a walk today in Baldoyle ,the old  5 furs of the racecourse is still nearly intact . The walls still stand along the waterfront .The ghosts of many famous jockeys could nearly be felt , tremendous horses like Nor plyied their trade there , Orient War over jumps winning @ 1/3 , St Patricks day and the first 2yo race of the year ,inverable won by the Connelly stable ridden by J.Roe .A beautiful little track , badly missed by Dublin punters...Memories a plenty. Frankie Shott, Oliver Finnegann riding Esban before he was sold to Roger Moores wife . B Googan taking a crashing fall at the last and my money going with him .

alans • May 7, 2016 7:16 PM BST Not Oliver (Navan-based trainer) but Cathal RIP, tragic end,

alans • May 7, 2016 7:30 PM BST And sorry workrider, I don't want to be too pedantic (I know well how memory can be deceiving), but of the five horses trained by Mick Connolly to win the first juvenile race of the season between 1959 and 1981 Johnny Roe was on only one, Melodic King in 1970; others were partnered by Liam Ward, Wally Swinburn, Ron Hutchinson and Christy Roche (in 1981, long after closure of Baldoyle. Details courtesy the late and much-missed Tony Sweeney..

frank60 • May 7, 2016 7:54 PM BST Nice thread lads,    you might enjoy this link on johnny Roe
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