Vale Ted Doon

Ted Doon, one of Australia's best known and most colorful jockeys from the post war years, has died in a Canberra hospital.

 The 84-year-old veteran, who retired from riding when he was in his late 60s, was admitted to hospital in a serious condition earlier in the week after suffering a stroke.

Born in China and raised in Tumut in southern NSW, Doon became one of Sydney's most successful apprentices in the 1940s and earned a reputation as a 'great money rider' for big betting stables.

He was 14 when he started his apprenticeship in Sydney with trainer Dan Lewis and rode his first winner at Sydney's old Ascot track in 1942.

Doon won the Sydney apprentice's premiership in 1944-45 and recorded numerous big race wins in following years including the AJC Metropolitan (Buonarrotti Boy), City Tattersall's Club Cup (Snowstream), Christmas Cup (Snowstream), two Summer Cups (Easter Time, Snowstream), Canterbury Cup (Great World), Canterbury Stakes (Tea Rose), Theo Marks Quality (The Groom), Railway Quality (Coniston), Tattersalls Plate (Buzz Off) and two Carrington Stakes (Star Vite, Victory Lad).

However his career was punctuated by many suspensions and disqualifications of up to 12 months for breaching the rules of racing.

The charges ranged from not allowing horses to run on their merits to tampering with the scales at a country race meeting.

In the late 1950s Doon rode overseas, enjoying great success in Ceylon and India. When he returned to Australia increasing weight led him to settle in Canberra where he reigned as the leading jockey for more than 20 years and boosted his tally of career wins to more than 2000.

Doon won eight races on Melbourne Cup winner Arwon when that horse was trained in Canberra by John Morrisey. Arwon was raced by a syndicate that included Doon's brothers.

Doon was still riding feature winners in Sydney in the 1980s when he won the Winter Cup on Wotta Krakka. He retired from race riding in the late 1980s but continued to ride trackwork for leading trainers at Rosehill for several years.