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F inally the time is here where we have come to recognise some of Australia’s Racing contributors. Australia Post has released the 2007 Australian Legends Award Stamp Issue.

This magnificent showcase of stamps has been devoted to six of racing’s most highly respected and influential names, which will now join the exclusive ranks of ‘great’ Australians to appear on postage stamps.

The 2007 Racing Legends are sure to bring back some truly memorable moments from Racing as they are now immortalised in this exclusive series. It includes the likes of: Arthur “Scobie” Breasley, George Moore, Roy Higgins, Bart Cummings, Bob Ingham and John Tapp.

This prestigious honour is announced each year as the Australia Day stamp issue, where the Australia Post Australian Legends Award recognises great Australians who have made life contributions to the development of the national identity and character. The 2007 Australian Legends Award Stamp Issue features 12 fifty cent stamps, which are now on sale at postal outlets.

The late Arthur ‘Scobie’ Breasley:
Was born in Wagga Wagga– N.S.W. in 1914, left school at the age of 12 to work for trainer Stanley Biggins and soon after gained his riding permit at the age of 14 with P.B. Quinlan. In 16 attempts at the Melbourne Cup (1929 against ‘Phar Lap’) he never won, but won a record setting five Caulfield Cups. After winning many Jockey Premierships, Breasley claimed his international success through his triumph through English Derbies in 1964 and 1966 and in France’s most prestigious race the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1958. He rode a total of 3,251 winners.

Bart Cummings:
Was born into an Adelaide racing family in 1927. His first brush with success was as a strapper for ‘ Comic Court’ in 1950. In 1953 he gained his training license and since then has trained a record 11 Melbourne Cup Winners. Cumming’s quiet and patient approach to training has produced many superb winners and in 1988 he became the first trainer whose horses brought in more than $6 million, with 11 Group One winners.

Roy Higgins:
Born in Koondrook– Victoria in 1938. Higgins began his riding career at Deniliquin in 1953. A winner of two Melbourne Cups, four Victorian Derbies, two Cox Plates and two Goldern Slipper Stakes. Higgins became one of Victoria’s greatest jockeys. Higgins teamed up with Bart Cummings and dominated Melbourne racing throughout the 1960s and 1970s

Bob Ingham:
In 1953 Bob Ingham and his brother, the late Jack Ingham, inherited their father’s chicken farm which they turned into a successful business enterprise. They also inherited a single broodmare called: ‘Valiant Rose’, and from this developed their own thoroughbred breeding and training empire. The studs are now home to 19 Stallions, including the famous ‘Octagonal’ and his son: ‘Lonhro’. The unique feature of the breeding operation is that they breed to race. Horses carrying the Ingham signature have triumphed in almost every Group One race in the country.

George Moore:
Was born in Mackay– Queensland in 1923. Moore acquired his riding permit in 1938 and by 1943 had become Brisbane’s Premier jockey. One of the standouts in Moore’s career was during the 1950s on ‘Tulloch’ trained by Tommy Smith. Moore had a record winning 10 Sydney Jockey Premierships, he won five AJC and two VRC Derbies, two Cox Plates, three Sydney Cups and two Golden Slippers. Moore’s riding career spanned over 33 years and he achieved 2,278 wins.

John Tapp:
Was born Ramsgate– New South Wales in 1941. Known as the ‘Voice of Racing’ he remained the country’s leading race caller for over 30 years. He first began calling for 2GB in 1964 under Ken Howard. With growing experience he moved on to work for 2UE and later Channel Nine doing the Wide World of Sports and Sunday Sports for National Nine News. From 1987 onwards Tapp was Sky Channel’s Sydney race caller. Over his career Tapp called an amazing 50,000 races, with his final at Rosehill Gardens in 1998.

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