Edgar Britt, Australia’s oldest living jockey was born on October 30, 1913. At age 9, he came to live in Oatley, attending Oatley Primary School.
The Renton family , Oatley residents , tell that the story that their grandfather, Mr Wally Fitzgerald, Principal of Oatley Primary School, encouraged Edgar’s father to have Edgar become a jockey.
Edgar left school at age 13 to become apprenticed to Moorefield horse trainer, Mick Polson. His first winner was Gypsie King at Canterbury. He then gained second place riding Tea Miss at Moorefield.
In 1933, he went with Polson for a successful season in America. In 1935, he left the Australian turf racing scene for ten years in India, then to ride in Ireland and Britain. He rode for 18 months for King George V1,the Queen’s father .
He returned to Australia in 1959, and became a racing journalist for The Daily Telegraph for 16 years.
Edgar returned to Oatley in 1983 for Oatley’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
His legacy in Australian racing is outstanding with more than 2000 wins on four continents against quality horses and champion jockeys .
Edgar died on 28 January 2017
Author of History of Moorefield Racecourse (1888-1951)