Scobie Breasley Medal
Edward "Scobie" Breasley, one of Australia'a most
famous riders, gained his nickname from the famous trainer
James Scobie, a friend of Breasley's father who was also a
trainer. After moving to Melbourne from Wagga Wagga, 'Scobie'
Breasley rode his first city winner in 1928; his first feature
race on Cragford in the Metropolitan of 1930 at Randwick.
During the Second World War he won four Caulfield Cups beginning
with the brilliant mare Tranquil Star in 1942. Breasley also won the
Victoria Derby, VRC Oaks, Epsom and Sydney Cup during the
In the early 1950's he rode in England with a success unparalleled
abroad by any other Australian jockey.
Breasley returned home to win the 1952 Caulfield Cup on Peshwar but
Riding for many years, he had extraordinary success in England, becoming champion jockey on 4 occasions and riding
against the likes of the legendary Lester Piggott.
Breasley won a Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe and two English
Derbys, on Santa Claus in 1964 and Charlottown in 1966.
Scobie retired from race riding in 1968 and trained in England
and India for years with medium success.
Breasley Medal is now part of the Melbourne racing set-up
being first awarded in 1996 to Damien Oliver, in 1997 to
Steven King and 1998 to Greg Childs. It honours the
outstanding rider at Melbourne metropolitan racemeetings with
points to the best rides of the day and the rides need not be