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Frank Reys was born on 1931 in North Queensland, Australia, is a jockey. Discover Frank Reys's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 53 years old?

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Occupation Jockey
Age 53 years old
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Born 1931
Birthday 1931
Birthplace North Queensland, Australia
Date of death 1984 (age 53) - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died Place Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australia

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Children Christopher, Shelley, Debra

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Frank Reys is the father of Shelley Reys, who became a director of Reconciliation Australia, a forceful advocate for Aboriginal rights, and a prominent voice on Aboriginal affairs. In 2004 Shelley was invited to address the board of the National Australia Day Council to propose an Indigenous-inclusive way of marking the anniversary of the First Fleet's arrival. As a result of her recommendations, Australia Day 2005 was officially launched during a sunrise ceremony at Uluru. On 11 June 2012, Shelley Reys was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to the Indigenous community, to reconciliation and social inclusion, and as an advocate for improved educational, health and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people." In October 2013, Shelley Reys was named by The Australian Financial Review as "100 Women of Influence".


His victory speech said, in part, "I thank my God, my prayers and my family for their encouragement. This is such a wonderful day. I kept picking myself off the ground and hoping I would win a Melbourne Cup. It’s something every Australian jockey dreams about. I still can’t believe it." Reys had three of his brothers in the crowd – Fred, Tony and Eric – to witness what was later called "one of the most stunning comebacks from adversity in Australian sporting history." In 1976, three years after his career highlight aboard Gala Supreme, and after winning a Flemington race for his Melbourne Cup trainer Ray Hutchins, Reys announced his immediate retirement from the saddle.


Trainer Ray Hutchins stood by Frank Reys after a horrible two years in which he had suffered a broken shoulder, two pelvis fractures, a broken cheek bone and a broken ankle, and earned himself the nickname "Autumn Leaves". Despite these injuries Hutchins entrusted Reys with the ride on the four-year-old gelding Gala Supreme in the 1973 Caulfield Cup, in which Gala Supreme ran second. Hutchins had long before mapped out the Melbourne Cup as his mission, and after the Caulfield Cup second he prepared Gala Supreme for the Cup.

On Tuesday 6 November 1973 Reys became the first Aboriginal jockey to ride a winner in the Melbourne Cup. Gala Supreme carrying 7 stone 10 pounds (49 kg) and Frank Reys won the Melbourne Cup at 9-1 in a time of 3.19.15. Reys and Gala Supreme then cemented their Melbourne Cup victory by winning the Herbert Power Handicap. At 41 years of age, Frank Reys was the oldest jockey with a ride in the 1973 Melbourne Cup. Gala Supreme had drawn the extreme outside barrier 24 and that clearly was the only stumbling block in Rey’s mind. Trainer Hutchins would later tell how he and Reys had numerous phone conversations after the barrier draw and discussed various riding tactics. Hutchins recalled he eventually left it up to Reys to ride the horse as he saw fit and Reys told him he’d "have Gala Supreme one off the fence in 5th or 6th position going out of the straight". Coming from the outside barrier Reys rode just as he had planned. He had Gala Supreme one off the fence, not far behind the leaders, before passing the winning post on the first lap. As the horses turned for home, Reys became buried in the pack, just behind the leaders. Two hundred metres from the winning post Reys squeezed Gala Supreme through a gap, left by the favourite, who had drifted off a straight course. It was only a narrow win, but Gala Supreme had surged home to victory. In his recollections Hutchins continued "and he went and did it – it was the perfect ride – he rode the race of his life for me."


His family struggled financially due to all the racing he had missed due to injuries. Dual Choice, the flying filly – and later mare – won a great many races in the years 1970 to 1972. Although Reys did not ride her in all her victories, the two nevertheless developed a great affinity. In August 1973, attempting to have his first ride back in the saddle following time off from injury, Reys was involved in a car accident on the way to the course but climbed out of the wrecked car and rode Tauto to victory at Moonee Valley later that afternoon.


In January 1969, Reys was badly injured a few days after the William Reid Stakes. A four horse fall at Geelong resulted in a smashed pelvis and he was hospitalised for three months. After his return to riding,"Turf Monthly" magazine noted in July 1969 that he rode "with considerable success at the Victorian mid-week provincial meetings".


In 1955 Reys moved to Sydney. He won the Warwick Farm Autumn Handicap on Beaupa and rode three winners in an afternoon at the provincial racecourse Kembla Grange, Wollongong. Around 1961 Reys moved from Sydney to Melbourne and had considerable success in both the metropolitan area and at Victorian provincial meetings.


During his apprenticeship Reys rode about 45 winners. He began at Cannon Park Racecourse at Cairns, and at other district meetings. At a meeting at Gordonvale Reys won his first race riding a horse named Cruedon. In the autumn of 1950, Baysure gave him his first win in Brisbane.


Reys was a teenager when first indentured as an apprentice jockey in June 1949, to trainer Alfred Baker at Cairns. Later his apprenticeship was transferred to trainer Gordon .


Reys' career began in Northern Queensland. He raced in North Queensland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and country Victoria, winning his first ride in 1948 as a 16-year-old. In his career as a jockey he had 1,330 winning rides, made more impressive by the fact that there was only one metropolitan and one regional race meeting per week in those days. His 1973 Melbourne Cup win was his last. In winning his last race at 45 years of age in 1976, he bookended his career with winners.


Frank Reys (c.1931–1984) was an Aboriginal Australian jockey. He was the first, and as of 2022 the only Indigenous Australian jockey to win the prestigious Melbourne Cup when, in 1973, he rode to victory on Gala Supreme.

Frank Reys was born in about 1931, one of 14 children, 8 boys and 6 girls. His father, who had immigrated to North Queensland before Frank was born, was a Filipino labourer and cook who worked on farms in North Queensland – inland from Cairns. Frank was born of his father's second relationship, and he was the first child of nine to his Aboriginal mother. Frank and his brothers would round up brumbies (wild horses), and break them in, then race in contests between themselves. Frank was the standout and won most of the races, although one of his brothers did ride with success in amateur events. He loved to ride, and progressed to riding at Cairns in gymkhanas and pony races before becoming a jockey.


Reys' place in history as the first Aboriginal jockey to win the Melbourne Cup has been contested by some, on the basis that he was preceded by John Cutts on Archer in the first Melbourne Cup in 1861, and by Peter St. Albans on Briseis in the Melbourne Cup of 1876. Neither of these jockeys, however, was Aboriginal, despite the legends that have risen up around them.