Jack Milner: Former jockey and trainer Duncan Alexander has passed away atb
Former jockey and trainer Duncan Alexander passed away on Sunday morning.
Father of trainers Gary and Dean, and Tellytrack presenter and racing personality Julie, Alexander, 87, had been battling ill health for a number of years.
He was born in London on 5 April 1932 and once in South Africa, was one of the country’s leading lightweight jockeys. He was associated with many top horses, one of the best of these being sprinter Montesano.
Alexander won many of the country’s top races, including the Summer Cup at Turffontein and the Met at Kenilworth.
When he reached the end of his illustrious riding career in the late 1970s, Alexander took out his trainer’s licence. His stable yard was just 800m from Turffontein Racecourse, next to the Turffontein Post Office in Stanton Road.
In 1980, the Alexander yard moved to the newly built stables at the racecourse. Gary was the assistant trainer to his dad but in 1982, took out his own licence.
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