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The 102yo, the jockey and the fantastic little hat

Ray Hadley

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Blaxland resident Janette called to speak with Ray this morning and he would never have guessed their connection.

Janette called in to congratulate her mother Enid Carter on turning 102.

It was soon revealed the immaculately dressed Enid, who loves to go to the bingo and have the occasional punt, has quite the family history.

Enid is the sister of iconic Australian jockey Edgar Britt who passed away at 103 early last year.

Ray remembers when he first met Janette’s uncle.

“I got the chance to meet Mr Britt when I was calling races back in the 1980s.

“Mr Britt was always looking dapper. Beautifully polished shoes, a magnificent suit and a fantastic little hat.”

Janette recalls that hat fondly.

“Even when he was sitting out in the sun reading the paper at the retirement village, he had the hat.”

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The call prompted a fantastic email from Jessica, who met Edgar Britt several years ago.

“What is seldom talked about in the annals of Edgar’s life is his voyage in 1933 to America with the star Sydney miler Winooka.

It came in the wake of Phar Lap’s 1932 success at Aqua Caliente, and although the Winooka expedition was far from a success (‘Winooka the Palooka’, he was coined), it must have been an incredible experience for Edgar who was, from memory, only about 19 years of age and fresh out of apprenticeship boots.

Attached is a photograph of beautiful Winooka being hoisted over the Glebe docks onto the ship that took him to America. One of my all-time favourite photographs.”