Early life and career in Australia
- 1944-07-24, Bill was born in Edinburgh Scotland Uk.
- 1956, 12 years old, migrated to a country town in New South Wales, Australia.
- 1957, started riding in Mudgee.
- 1961-10-28, got his first victory in Rosehill Racecourse riding MARTIAN KING.
- 1970/1973, President of NSW Jockeys Association.
- Served on the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Committee 5 years.
Important Wins in Australia Group and Listed Races:
|1968||RAAD||The Autumn Cup|
|1969||TOP YARN||STC Winter Cup|
|1970||REGAL GAUNTLET||Breeders Plate|
|1970||REGAL GAUNTLET||Silver Slipper|
|1970||ROYAL YARN||Hawkesbury Cup|
|1970||BOY DANDY||George Ryder|
|1971||ALL SMILES||CW Cropper Plate|
|1972||LADY LIDO||Gimcrack Stakes|
|1973||LORD BEN||Prime Ministers Cup|
|1974||ITCHY FEET||Liverpool Cup|
|1974||ITCHY FEET||George Ryder|
Total victories in Australian Career: 400 Wins
Later Achievements and career in Hong Kong:
- 1974-09-30, arrived in Hong Kong.
- 1974-10-12, rode his first race on RONDO, ran second in Happy Valley.
- 1974-10-26, landed his first winner RONDO, in Hong Kong.
- 1985-02-06, landed his last winner TERRY trained by Robertson, in Hong Kong.
- 1985-03-06, rode his last race on TOP FORM trained by T P Wong, ran 7th in Happy Valley.
- 1985, built and ran 387 acre Thoroughbred property in the Riverina NSW Australia.
- 2004, retired and enjoying golf.
In Hong Kong, got 143 winners, 182 seconds, 221 thirds from 1962 mounts.
Trophies won In Hong Kong:
Teamed with trainers:
Chu Po Ming, George Sofronoff, Peter Supple, Clifford Robertson, Wong Tang-ping.
Remarkable Chinese trainers:
Cheung Hok Man, Brian Ping Chee Kan, Wong Tang Ping, Alan Chan.
Remarkable Expatriate trainers:
Remarkable Hong Kong Jockeys:
Bill considers that he was fortunate to witness the development of Tony Cruz into a world class rider by far the best local rider HK has ever produced.
Remarkable Overseas Jockeys:
In his time in HK there were no remarkable races as HK had not yet reached the world stage.
That has all changed now and HK hosts a number of remarkable races today.
- Sha Tin Racecourse opening.
- The terrible accident that ended Phillipe Paquet’s career.
- The tragic death of his good friend Brian Taylor.
Entire career got 545 winners
His Grandfather on his Mother’s side was an amateur jockey in Ireland In the late 1800’s.
Bill’s Sincere Advice To Young Jockeys:
They must realize they have been given a gift. They should appreciate how lucky they are.
It is great to see so many talented young riders coming through each year especially young women who now are getting the recognition they deserve.
The future of racing is in good hands.
honor that commitment and honor yourself.