Vale Ronald Anderson Snr

It is with sadness that Racing Victoria (RV) acknowledges the passing of former jockey Ronald Anderson Snr, aged 84, following a battle with illness.

‘Ron’, as he was known, was born in Rutherglen in 1938, and left school at age 13 to work in the stables of his father, trainer Alf Anderson, who was based at Rutherglen.

Ron rode over 1,000 winners in his successful career as a jockey, mostly in Victoria’s North-East District Racing Association (NEDRA) and in New South Wales’ Southern District Racing Association (SDRA).

He also rode a number of horses in Melbourne, most notably French Sun who was trained by his father.

During his career, in Melbourne, Ron rode against the likes of Alan Williams, Mick Mallyon, Harry White, Roy Higgins, and Pat Hyland, while in the NEDRA and SDRA, he competed with leading riders including Peter Taylor, Colin Matthews, Geoff Duryea, and Geoff Bamford.

Ron retired from riding in 1982 after sustaining a serious injury in a barrier incident.

RV Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said: “On behalf of the Victorian racing industry, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Ron’s family and friends following the sad news of his passing.

“We know Ron will be deeply missed by his family and all in racing who knew him over a career as a jockey that spanned more than 30 years.”

Ron’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, 29 June at 11am at Corowa Golf Club. His funeral will be live streamed by Tobin Brothers, Corowa.