Melbourne Cup Jockey Was South African

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At 94, Harry McCloud had been the oldest living jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

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He passed away two days after the big race earlier this month.

McCloud bounded to a seven-length victory on outsider Colonus in the 1942 race on what remains the wettest Melbourne Cup day ever recorded.

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He rode in Melbourne, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius during his career, which also included a WA stint and a Perth Cup victory aboard Yabaroo in 1955.

It is a little known fact that Harry was born right here in South Africa.

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