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Cliff Clare

ILLAWARRA Turf Club has named races at tomorrow’s meeting after former jockeys Cliff Clare and Harold Light, who passed away during the week.

Both were regulars at Kembla Grange meetings during their riding careers.

Clare, 93, rode his first winner (Fort Game) at Kembla Grange, which he always said was his favorite track, and was one of the inaugural inductees last year of the ITC’s Legends program.

He was one of the leading jockeys at the track when the club was formed in 1976 and rode there until his retirement in May, 1992.

Clare also will be remembered as riding outsider Sweet Embrace to victory in the 1967 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill Gardens for trainer Ted Stanton and the “Chicken Kings” Jack and Bob Ingham.

He was the oldest living successful Golden Slipper jockey until his passing last Tuesday morning.

Harold Light (above), 87, also rode with great distinction at Kembla Grange.

He won successive premierships there in 1900-81 and 81-82.

Light was a popular figure at Royal Randwick, serving as the legendary Bart Cummings’ foreman for many years.

Story John Curtis, March 22, 2024.




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