A statement from Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today paid tribute to renowned Queensland jockey Darby McCarthy, who died overnight at the age of 76.

“I first met Darby when he was part of an acknowledgement to country ceremony many years ago when it was a rare way to mark the beginning of an official function,” he said.

“He was a real boy from the bush whose talent as a jockey surpassed much of anything our racing industry had ever seen.

“We will never truly understand the many barriers he overcame to become one of the finest athletes ever produced in Queensland, if not the nation.

“My thoughts are with his family and friends and this very sad time.”

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