Ron Quinton was a leading figure among Australian jockeys in the 1970s and 1980s. Quinton was apprenticed to trainer Theo Green, one of Australia's great masters of young jockeys. Green's influence and his own natural talent saw Quinton become Sydney's leading apprentice in 1967. He achieved his first senior premiership in 1969-70, a second in 1976-77, and six in succession between 1978-79 and 1983-84.

Quinton's first big race win came on Analie in the AJC Oaks, a race he won in two later years. He won Doncasters on Analie and Emancipation, an Epsom on Dalmacia, the W.S. Cox Plate on Kingston Town, and the Victoria Derby on Ravenaux. He shares the record of four wins in the Golden Slipper Stakes with Shane Dye. In 1988-90 he rode in Ireland for John Oxx, for whom he won the Group 1 Irish St Leger. At the end of his 28 year career, Quinton had ridden 2168 winners, which included 190 feature races and 46 at Group 1 level.

Immediately on retirement Quinton returned to the racetrack in a different capacity, and now ranks among Sydney's leading trainers.

Quinton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. 

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