Damien Oliver speaks at the funeral. Photo: Pat Scala
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.
Roy Higgins farewelled
Funeral for Roy Higgins in the mounting yard at Flemington Racecourse. Photo: Pat Scala
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.
Jockey Roy Higgins celebrates winning the 1965 Melbourne Cup on Light Fingers.
Higgins, 75, died last Saturday after a short illness. He rode 108 Group 1 winners and won a record equalling 11 Victorian jockeys' premierships.