Nathan Stanley, a Former Australian Jockey, Died at 47

Last Updated on December 2, 2023, 8:03 am

Australian Rider’s Community mourns the loss of famous former jockey Nathan Stanley.

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Nathan Stanley (Image via Facebook)

Nathan Stanley, a former jockey and renowned rider in Australia, passed away unexpectedly at 47. Racing Victoria and Victorian Jockeys Association confirmed the sad news in a statement on Saturday. The bereaved Stanley family continues to show resilience in this challenging time. His nephew, Jett Stanley, will ride at Rosehill on Saturday with a black armband.

Who was Nathan Stanley?

Nathan Stanley was the son of horse jockey Jim Stanley. He followed his father’s footsteps and pursued a career as a jockey. He began his apprenticeship in New South Wales in 1992 and earned his ‘maiden victory’ at just 16 years old at his home track, Queanbeyan, coming aboard Dunowen. His decorated career spanned over 23 years, and he scored victories in every state of Australia and worldwide.

His most notable achievements are the 2008 Darwin Cup aboard Club Liquid, multiple country cups in Australia, premierships in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, and victories in Malaysia and Korea.

Nathan’s proudest moments in his career were riding alongside his father, Jim, and brother, Brent. He rode and won Gypsy’s Best at Kyneton on his brother Brent’s first runner as a trainer.

What happened to Nathan Stanley?

He passed away unexpectedly at 47, leaving family and friends aggrieved and riding Community grappling with shock and sadness. His tragic passing has left everyone who had the privilege of knowing him reeling with profound sorrow.

His heartbroken family has shown enormous resilience during this incredibly challenging time. His nephew, Jett Stanley, graced the racing tracks at Rosehill wearing a black armband, paying homage to his late uncle, who once ruled the racing world with his talent and riding prowess.

The Community mourns Nathan Stanley

The racing community has come together to mourn their most celebrated and revered rider, Nathan Stanley. Nathan not only earned victories in his career of over two decades but also inspired young riders and earned respect among his peers with his warm personality. He touched many lives with his enthusiasm and spirit. The entire Community has paid tribute to the late jockey, leaving messages of condolences and prayers for his family and friends.

The mourning members of the racing industry are encouraged to seek help from free, confidential counseling services at STABLELINE on 1300 520 122 or the Jockey Assistance Program via Lisa Stevens at 0413 616 152 if they require support to process their loss.


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