CHAMPION jockey Roy Higgins was today farewelled with a guard of honour by past and present jockeys and trainers before his hearse completed a final lap of Flemington racecourse.
More than 1000 friends, family and members of the racing community celebrated Higgins' life at the course where he won so much fame as a jockey.
Higgins' daughter Nicole Lund, former jockey Gary Willetts, Channel Seven's Bruce McAvaney and eminent journalist Les Carlyon related eulogies in his honour.
Carlyon noted Higgins came as close an anyone has to being loved by everyone and was a trailblazer for jockeys in the media with his eloquent speaking.
Fellow jockeys including Harry White, Geoff Lane, Mick Goreham and Neville Wilson were among the mourners,
Videos of some of Higgins' major triumphs were shown on the big screen.
Higgins, 75, died last Saturday after a short illness. He rode 108 Group 1 winners and won a record equalling 11 Victorian jockeys' premierships.