Clare Lindop

Clare Lindop is recognised as one of the most accomplished female jockeys of all time.

Clare LindopThe handsome Grey, “Star of Brooklyn" and Clare combined for 10 wins together, her most on one horse

  • Born: 4th May 1979, Warrnambool, Victoria.
  • Education: Allansford Primary School, Warrnambool College Yr. 9, RVL Certificate 3-Jockey
  • Started riding: Clare learnt to ride at 10 years of age at St. Mary’s Pony Farm, Wangoom, Victoria. Clare competed successfully with her own pony, “Annie” at regular Pony Club events and gymkhanas. In 1994, Clare started to work in a racing stable and at 14 years old signed up as an apprentice jockey.
  • First Race Ride: May 1995 Warrnambool “ARTIC MITTENS” for her first Master, racehorse trainer, Frank Byrne.
  • First Winner: November 1995, at Dunkeld aboard “OPINIONS DIFFER” for astute Trainer (the late) Jack Barling.
  • First Metropolitan Win: July 1996 “MONDILIBI” Moonee Valley (VIC). Trained by her first Master from Warrnambool, Frank Byrne.
  • Moved to Hamilton: In 1997 Clare transferred to Jack  Barling in Hamilton; under his tutelage she won the 1997-1998 Victorian South-Western-District Apprentice Title.
  • Moved to Adelaide: in July 1999 to complete her Apprenticeship with Byron Cozamanis at Morphettville. First winner for” Cozy” was on “Buffalo Reef” at Strathalbyn. Clare also out-rode her country claim (80 winners) with a double at Pt Lincoln.
  • First Metropolitan winner in Adelaide: 14th August 1999. “Odysseus” at Cheltenham trained by Jenny Gow-white
  • Jockey Apprenticeship (5 years): Complete Five year Apprenticeship in May 2000, the week of her 21st Birthday.  Finishing with 15 Metropolitan wins and over 100 Country & Provincial winners; out-riding both Provincial and Country Apprentice allowance.
  • Masters:
    • 1999-2000: Byron Cozamanis, Morphettville, SA.
    • 1997-1999: Jack Barling (deceased), Hamilton, VIC.
    • 1995-1997: Frank Byrne, Warrnambool, VIC.
  • First Winner as a Senior Jockey:   “Jakemo” at Penola, May 2000 for Max Morgan.
  • First Metropolitan Win as a Senior Jockey: 20th January 2001- “STAR OF BROOKLYN” -Victoria Park (South Australia) Trained by long-time friends and supporters of Clare, Graeme (Joey) and Celia Smith from Casterton. Lindop went on to win 10 races on the handsome grey, the most winners she has ridden on one horse.
  • First Country Premiership: Leading SA Country Jockey Racing Season 2001-2002

  • Broken Hill Cup: “Vandeclare” Trained by Jim Smith.

  • First Black Type Win: 24th May 2003; St Ledger (Listed) “Debben” trained by Leon Macdonald, at Victoria Park. This win qualified "Debben" for the Melbourne Cup.  This was really the beginning of the association of Leon Macdonald and Clare Lindop.

  • Melbourne Cup:  In 2003, Lindop became the first Australian female jockey to ride in the Melbourne Cup when she rode “Debben” for Leon Macdonald finishing 18th place. Previously only two NZ female Jockey’s had ridden in the Cup; Maree Lynden 1987& Linda Ballantyne1989.

  • Hat trick of 4 winners: Rode 4 winners on the Card, at 3 consecutive race-meetings, Pt Lincoln, Mildura and Victoria Park.

  • First winner at Flemington: 27th of February 2004 “Prince Regal” trained by Jamie Opperman.

  • First Major Win: 24th April 2004 “Dane Belltar” won the Group 3 Auraria Stakes at Cheltenham, trained by Leon Macdonald.

  • Racing Season 2003- 2004: Rode a record breaking 111 wins for a female jockey for a Racing Season; finishing in the Top 20 “National Winning Riders List”. This record stood until 2009 when Linda Meech equalled with 111winners and in 2017 Jamie Kah finally broke this record with 127 wins for the season.

  • Launceston Cup 2005: “Dakasha” Trained by Leon Macdonald

  • First Metropolitan Jockeys Premiership 2005: Lindop became the first female to win a Metropolitan Premiership Season 2004-2005 and has now won the South Australian Premiership 3 times. Since becoming a Senior Jockey in 2000- Lindop has finished in the top 5 of the Metropolitan Riders List in SA on 13 occasions.

  • 2006 First Group 1 Victory: “EXALTED TIME” in the 2006 Adelaide Cup, trained by Jim Smith. Leading all of the way, an exciting victory.

  • Melbourne Cup 2007: “Dolphin Jo” Saluted the judge in 5th place trained by Terry and Karina O’Sullivan; this is Clare’s closet finish in the internationally acclaimed Race that stops a nation.  

  • Magic Millions on the Gold Coast 2008: “Augusta Proud” Trained by Leon Macdonald, won her first 6 race starts, including the Queen of Adelaide Stakes, the Adelaide Magic Millions and culminating in victory in the Gold Coast Magic Millions. Lindop is still the only female jockey to have won this race.

  • SA Metropolitan Jockeys Premiership: Season 2007-2008, won the Leading SA State and Metropolitan Premiership for the 2nd time.

  • Victoria Derby: Lindop claimed her biggest victory aboard REBEL RAIDER in the 2008 Victoria Derby at Flemington for Leon Macdonald.

  • Melbourne Cup 2008: November 2008 Clare rode“MOATIZE” for Bart Cummings finishing in 6th place. This was the year that “Viewed” won the race for Bart- so Clare was part of the “team” on the day.

  • South Australian SA Derby: May 2009, “Rebel Raider” won the Group 1 SA Derby, at Morphettville

  • Group 1 Goodwood Handicap win: Clare rode her 4th Group 1 winner in the Goodwood Handicap in May 2011 on “Lone Rock” trained by Robert Smerdon.

  • 1000th Career win: October 20011, Rode 1000th winner at Morphettville when she rode a double on the day aboard the Leon Macdonald Trained, “Lalla Rookh” and “Perfect Punch”. Clare became just the 2nd female to achieve this feat; the first was Bev Buckingham in Tasmania.

  • Inaugural winner of the John Letts Medal 2011: A best-on-track-performance given by the TRSA Stewards voting every race meeting and awarded at the conclusion of the racing season.

  • SA State and Metropolitan Premiership Jockey 2014-2015:  Lindop won her 3rd Metropolitan Jockeys Premiership and her 2nd State Championship Rider and 2nd John Letts Medal.

  • Racing Season 2016-2017: Lindop finished Runner-up on the jockeys Premiership table, and was instrumental in the SA Metropolitan Trainers Premiership win of the partnership team of Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas.

  • 2018: Clare Lindop retired after competing in the Adelaide Cup Carnival and the South Australian Festival of Racing, competing for her last time at Group and Listed Level against some of the best jockeys in Australia, riding 3 big winners over the carnival including “Mail It in” and “Tequila Time”.

  • Winning the Group 3 Breeders Stakes and the Group 3 Sires Produce aboard the “Tequila Time” trained by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas at Morphettville in May were her last feature wins.

Perfect Punch 100th winner 8 October 2011Perfect Punch - Clare celebrating her 1000th winner October 2011
(photo Atkins Photography)


To view the full history of Clare's rides and significant achievements please read below and to view
her winners, please view her Winning Rides page.

Other career success /  highlights / records

2017 Queensland “State of Origin” Jockey. Winning series for Victoria with team mate, LUKE NOLEN.
2016 Kalgoorlie-Boulder “Golden Whip” winner
2015 Bunbury State Challenge Invitation rider
2013 Macau Invitation race for international riders
2013 Penang International Meeting Invitation rider
2011 Win at Newmarket, England. “IVORY SILK” Trainer: Jeremy Gask
2010 Singapore International Meeting Invited Rider
2009 UK- 8 week stint riding out in Ireland for Aiden O’Brien; Newmarket for Luca Cumani, John Berry, Sir Michael Stoute and rode for trainer Jeremy Gask; finishing with 3 wins from 13 rides; including “MEDICEAN MAN” in his Maiden victory at Doncaster in 2009.
2008 First female to win a Magic Millions, Gold Coast, “AUGUSTA PROUD” – Leon Macdonald
2008 Melbourne Cup- 6th place “MOATIZE” for Bart Cummings
2008 First female to win the VRC Derby “REBEL RAIDER”
2007 Melbourne Cup- 5th place “DOLPHIN JO”
2006 First Australian female jockey to ride a Group 1 winner- the Adelaide Cup
2005 First Female to ride in the VRC Derby, “GALLANT GURU”
2004 Rode 4 winners on the Card, at 3 consecutive race-meetings, Pt Lincoln, Mildura and Victoria Park
2004 Rode a record breaking 111 wins for a female jockey for a Racing Season; finishing in the Top 20 “National Winning Riders List”. This record stood until 2009 when Linda Meech equalled with 111 winners and in 2017 Jamie Kah finally broke this record with 127 wins for the season.
2003 Melbourne Cup- First Australian Female to ride in the Cup aboard “DEBBEN” Trained by Leon Macdonald finishing 18th place. Previously only two NZ female Jockey’s had ridden in the Cup; Maree Lynden 1987 & Linda Ballantyne 1989.


2017 SABOIS Leading Rider Trophy
2016 SABOIS Leading Rider Trophy
2015 John Letts Medal
2014 Ch 7/“The Advertiser” Tanya Denver Award for Sporting Courage
2011 Inaugural winner of the John Letts Medal
2009 Tall Poppy Award Warrnambool College
2009   SABIS Champion Jockey
2009 SA Breeders Special Achievement Award
2009 John Letts SA Jockey of the Year and Champion Metropolitan Jockey
2008 SABIS Champion Jockey
2006  Pearl Kelly Award- Angelique Club
2005  SA Great Award – Sport
2005  The Advertiser Rising Star Award
2005 Ch 7/The Advertiser - Tania Denver Award for Sporting Courage
2005 John Letts SA Jockey of the Year
2005 Wakefield Club Leading Rider Tasmania
2004 Thoroughbred Racing South Australia Special Achievement Award
2004 John Letts SA Jockey of the Year
1997 Racing Victoria “Excellence in Training Award- Certificate 3 Apprentice Award

Active member for committees’ in the interest of racing. Guest speaker for various Clubs, Schools, Race Club Cup Events/Carnivals. Volunteer work for various community Charites including:

2017- 18         Current Ambassador for “Little Hero’s Foundation” 
2017 SA Variety Bash Participant -Car 922 
2000-17 SA Jockeys Association Committee
2007-15 National Jockeys Trust; Fundraising Race Day at Morphettville & SA NJT Golf Day
2003-14 Australian Jockeys Association Committee
2009 Ambassador for “Ocsober”
2005 Ambassador for the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival
2005 Founding Member, Jockeys Advisory Board, for tutoring of Apprentice Jockeys
2004 National Jockey Celebration Day Launch. SA Representative at inaugural function hosted at Parliament House Canberra, launched by then PM John Howard (initiative recognising and fundraising for injured jockeys).



little heroes ambassador Niagra Falls 2012 004