Agence France-PresseMarch 9, 2014 08:33
Roy Higgins, one of Australia's greatest jockeys, has died after a short illness, his family said Sunday.
The winner of two Melbourne Cups for so-called "Cups King" trainer Bart Cummings, and a long list of Australia's premier races, Higgins was 75.
"The Professor", as Higgins was known in racing circles, was surrounded by family and close friends when he passed away on Saturday in a Melbourne hospital.
"Roy Henry Higgins passed away at the age of 75 surrounded by family and close friends," a family statement read.