Born into a racing family in Melbourne, Victoria, Darby Munro was destined to be a jockey and followed in the footsteps of older brother Jim who was an outstanding rider during the 1920's.

He established himself as a star very early on and won the 1930 Doncaster Handicap at the age of 17.

Munro was to ride many champion gallopers during his career in the saddle including Peter Pan, Hall Mark and Shannon. Munro won three Melbourne Cups, five AJC Derbies and five VRC Derbies.

Munro retired in 1955 and was honoured posthumously when he was featured on an Australian stamp in 1981.

The Darby Munro Stakes is run annually by the Sydney Turf Club in his memory.

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