Tony Allan (jockey)

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Tony Allan (born in Pukekohe, Auckland Region) is a New Zealand jockey


He started his apprenticeship at age 16 to Grant Searle in Levin. [1] He said he was inspired to become a jockey by his late father who would frequently take him to the Levin racecourse.

He is best known for riding Empire Rose to victory in the 1988 Melbourne Cup. [2]

Over the course of his racing career Tony accomplished 12 Group 1 wins.

Notable wins

The following are some of the major races Tony has won in his career.

1999 Hawke's Bay Guineas Buzz LightyearRobert Priscott, Te Awamutu
1999 Desert Gold Stakes Thee Old DragonAlan Jones & Brett McDonald, Cambridge
1997 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes Kilmore QuayJohn Wheeler, New Plymouth
1997Fayette Park Stud Stakes (G2), EllerslieGreat CommandMichael Moroney, Matamata
1996Waikato Guineas (G3)Great CommandMicheal Moroney, Matamata
1996Stewards Stakes Handicap (G3)Kincaple LadNeil Coulbeck, Leithfield
1996 New Zealand St. Leger Lady Dahar
1995Hawkes Bay CupItalian SaintNoel Eales, Awapuni
1995 Telegraph Handicap Lord TridanMichael Moroney, Matamata
1994Avondale CupBall ParkMichael Moroney, Matamata
1990 New Zealand Stakes Riverina CharmLaurie Laxon
1989 New Zealand St. Leger Saveur
1989 Trentham Stakes Empire Rose Laurie Laxon
1988 Melbourne Cup Empire Rose Laurie Laxon
1988 LKS Mackinnon Stakes Empire Rose Laurie Laxon
1987 New Zealand 2000 Guineas Weston Lea
1987 New Zealand Cup Empire Rose Laurie Laxon


In 2003, Allan admitted to using methamphetamine. [3] However, he has subsequently worked hard to change his lifestyle and become clean. Tony retired in 2005 and moved to Japan for a break, riding trackwork for around 10 years in Hokkaido before a job with Sydney trainers Peter and Paul Snowden. On 27 May 2017 Tony made a comeback to race day riding in New Zealand. [4]

His first winner back in New Zealand was on Thursday 28 June 2017 at Waverley on My Cool Boy. [5] On Friday 16 March 2018 Tony rode his 1000th winner on New Zealand soil in the opening race at Te Aroha aboard Aigne. [6]

In 2019 it was announced that Tony would head to Queensland to continue his riding career comeback for New Zealand trainer Paddy Busuttin, who was also to come out of retirement to train at Deagon, near Eagle Farm. Tony stated he had previously won "a couple at Eagle Farm and running third on Finezza Belle for Laurie Laxon in a Group Two (Prime Minister’s Cup, 2400m) at the Gold Coast ... I also ran second on Sapio in the Brisbane Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m) and I rode Poetic Prince when he ran second to Planet Ruler in the Queensland Guineas (Gr.2, 1600m)". [7]

In December 2019 Tony came back to New Zealand and resumed Raceday riding.

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