Legendary jockey John Letts on hand for Bathurst Cup

RACING ROYALTY: Former Melbourne Cup winner John Letts was in attendance for the Bathurst Cup on Sunday. Photo: BRADLEY JURD
RACING ROYALTY: Former Melbourne Cup winner John Letts was in attendance for the Bathurst Cup on Sunday. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

The suits were out, the dresses were on show and an Australian legendary jockey was on hand as the Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing Club hosted its annual Bathurst Cup meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Twice Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts was in attendance and said wherever he goes, he always love watching racing. 

“You’ve got a good size crowd here [at Bathurst],” he said.

“When you have people passionate about racing, they come to the races and watch them.

“It’s a fairly hot day but we’ve got a good crowd upstairs, we’ve got a good crowd in the stands. 

“The history of Bathurst racing is parallel with anything. Melbourne Cup winners are born here, train here.” 

Mr Letts was in Bathurst last year, when the Melbourne Cup trophy came to the city as a part of an Australian-wide tour.

He said the history of Bathurst racing brings the community together.

“This is why country racing can never, ever die,” he said.

Mr Letts said he loves tour country racing venues and giving back to the racing community. 

Legendary Winx jockey and former Bathurst apprentice Hugh Bowman donated several items of memorabilia for race-winning trainers.