Rockingham Beach Cup: Australia’s oldest registered jockey takes out second event


Danny Miller triumphantly raises his whip as he storms past the winning post on Prager.
Danny Miller triumphantly raises his whip as he storms past the winning post on Prager.

AUSTRALIA’S oldest registered jockey Danny Miller won the second Rockingham Beach Cup yesterday on Prager, a horse trained by his son Stephen.

Miller is 70 years old but he and his mount had an easy win over Shabaya Crossing, ridden by Joey Azzopardo and trained by WA’s leading trainer Adam Durrant.

Third was Buster’s Secret, ridden by Renee Forrest and trained by Robin Elliott.

The Rockingham Beach Cup is a different competition.

Because of the heavy beach sand on Rockingham’s main beach, the horses race over 600m.

The six-race program featured five qualifying races (three for maidens).

The winners of these five races contested the final, which Miller won by several lengths.

Beach Cup organiser Rob McGavin said the trophies were made of timber salvaged from the old Rockingham jetty.

The Rockingham Beach Cup was the premier event of a festive weekend run by the Rotary Club of Palm Beach to lift Rockingham’s profile and attractiveness as a tourist destination, boost local businesses and raise money for charity.

This year’s beneficiaries were the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Variety WA and Palm Beach Rotary charities aimed at helping local youth.

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