Duckett, Terry



Terrific Rider; Terrific Rides





1956-05-28 Terry was born.
He served his apprenticeship with Rosehill trainer Vic Thompson.
Although based in Sydney, he used to do a lot of riding in Newcastle.





In 1980, he came home with five winners, a close second and third in his cards of seven there.
1983-07-02, Sydney Turf Club stewards unsaddled RECORD MAKER at Canterbury without a weigh-in by winning jockey Terry Duckett.
Chief Steward John Schreck was concerned at Duckett‘s stomach cramp, and told the jockey to go directly to the room.
Duckett lost 4 kg overnight to make the correct weight by fasting for 2 days.
With his hardship on the scale, Duckett was supported by a number of other trainers as well as the leading stables.
Landed the Coffs Harbour Cup on COOBER’S GOLD, he decided to have a change.
Before going abroad, he was highly respected and having a successful career with 450 winners.





For years he had been interested in going to Hongkong.
1986, aged 30, Terry made an exploring trip to Hong Kong in January.
Norm Swain, HKJC Senior Stipendiary Steward from NSW, offered the riding licence to Terry.
Trainer Cliff Robertson, without any retainer jockey by that time, approached Norm to see if he could recommend one.
Although Duckett had known Robertson for over 14 years he had never actually ridden a horse for the latter.
In Sydney, Thompson and Robertson’s stables were only a couple of blocks away.
But, Duckett was not that long into his apprenticeship when Robertson left and started to train in Hongkong.
Anyway, shortly after Norm Swain recommended Terry, Robertson rang to offer the contract of stable rider.





Terry Duckett scored his inaugural win in Hong Kong by his first ride in the first race of the Season Opening Day.
1986-09-20 Race 1, Class 5, – 1200m, VICTORY CALL (AP123) was trainer by L Fownes.
1987-05-30 Race 4, Terry Duckett‘s last win in Hong Kong was ARI (BC124) from L Fownes Stable.
1987-05-30 Race 8, Terry Duckett‘s last race in Hong Kong was SHAAN (AT120) also from L Fownes Stable.


1986-1987: 18 wins / 216 rides


including trophy races:
1987-05-10 GOLD APPLE (BC010) Sha Tin Vase
1987-03-21 DISTINCTION (BB092) Stewards’ Cup
1987-05-30 ARI (BC124) Pearce Memorial Cup





Terry Duckett continued his riding after returning from Hong Kong.
By the time of later part of his career, he got most of his rides and victories in Gold Coast, Queensland and Lismore, NSW.
2002-01-15 Duckett retired after riding MISS THUNDERSTOOD, placed 4th for L.D.Kelly at the former Racecourse.





Burnett, Bill – 《RacingMemories.HK》
ALLENDORF, Geoff – 《RacingMemories.HK》


Acknowledgment to Mr Kelvin Lee for verifying record data.





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