Lance O'Sullivan

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Lance O'Sullivan
Occupation Jockey
Born (1963-08-28) 28 August 1963 (age 53)
New Zealand
Career wins 2479
Major racing wins
AJC Oaks (1984)
Easter Handicap (1985, 1997, 2002)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1987)
New Zealand St. Leger (1987)
New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1988, 1992, 1993)
LKS MacKinnon Stakes (1989)
Japan Cup (1989)
New Zealand Derby (1990, 1993)
Rosehill Guineas (1991)
Cox Plate (1991)
New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1992)
Queensland Derby (1992)
Queensland Oaks (1992)
Wellington Cup (1997, 2002)
New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame (2006)
Significant horses
Horlicks, Mr Tiz, Surfers Paradise, Popsy, Waverley Star, Snap
Not to be confused with Lance O'Sullivan (doctor) (born 1973), New Zealander of the Year 2014.

Lance Anthony O'Sullivan, ONZM (born 28 August 1963 in New Zealand), is a former New Zealand jockey.

He won a record 2479 races by a New Zealand jockey, mainly in the 1980s, including the 1989 Japan Cup on champion mare Horlicks,[1] which broke the world record over 2400m. He was also jockey of the unfortunate Waverley Star, finishing second to Bonecrusher, in the 1986 Cox Plate, dubbed the "Race of the Century."[2]

In the 2003 New Year Honours, O'Sullivan was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to thoroughbred racing.[3]

In 2006, O'Sullivan was part of the inaugural class inducted in the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. ^ Profile of Lance O'Sullivan at Wexford Stables. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  2. ^ Lester, Glenn (22 October 2006). "Race of the century". The Age. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  3. ^ New Year Honours List 2003. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  4. ^ Rodley, Aidan (29 January 2010). "O'Sullivan hopes Hall of Fame retains its aura". Waikato Times. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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