Champion International Jockey.
From selling newspapers on the street corner with cardboard in his shoes to cover the holes, to standing in the mounting enclosure at Flemington waiting to be acclaimed the winning Melbourne Cup jockey, Greg Hall has done it all.
For 15 years Greg’s daily program was to be up at 3am cleaning out horse stalls. As he got older his daily ritual included riding track work at Caulfield and Flemington. Over the years Greg has broken his collarbone, left wrist twice, his ribs on 4 separate occasions, 2 vertebrae in his back, neck, punctured his lung and has been knocked unconscious on several occasions.
Known in racing circles as a big occasion jockey Greg or “The G” as punters call him, has won the Melbourne Cup, Sydney Cup, Adelaide Cup, and Brisbane Cup. The Victorian Derby twice and the Sydney Derby twice. He has won 3 Blue Diamonds and two Golden Slippers. In total Greg has ridden 44 Group 1 winners, 41 Group 2 and 43 Group 3 winners
He has ridden for owners such as Kerry Packer and Sheik el Maktoum. The G has ridden against the very best in the world and is regarded by his peers as being a fearless, highly talented jockey with ice cool nerves in the big races.
It only took Greg 20 years to become an over night success. Hall rode his first stakes winner at the age of 21 _ an auspicious beginning as he galloped home on another 200 before retiring from the saddle at age 45.
Few jockeys could match his strength in a stirring finish or his judgment and nerve under pressure, and, as the years rolled on, his dedication to his profession.
Hall rode the bulk of his major winners after the age of 30, all of them in wake of injuries from which he rebounded to become one of the fittest and most determined in the riding ranks.
At the pinnacle of his career, he won the 1992 Melbourne Cup aboard Subzero, the Cox Plate on evergreen galloper Super Impose and the Victoria Derby aboard Mahogany, a horse with whom he shared a special affinity. That Derby win was a classic example of his fetching qualities and unquestionable acceptance with the punting public. Mahogany was trained by Lee Freedman and on race morning prominent owner Lloyd Williams kept a promise to share the glory of a Derby winner with his mate, Kerry Packer.
Hall stormed to victory and stood beside three of the most prominent characters in racing on the podium. The public cheered Hall as their hero even though the Derby had lived up to its blueblood tradition for “top hats and tails.”
Hall could do that. He spoke from the heart, and often from the hip, a habit that made him a natural with the fans but which occasionally stunned owners and trainers.
Hall has rubbed shoulders with some of the greats of the game _ trainers Freedman, Angus Armanasco, David Hayes and John Meagher. He has ridden against all the best, from Roy Higgins and George Moore, to Shane Dye and Darren Beadman to Damien Oliver, who was an apprentice when Hall already was a senior rider in Melbourne.
Greg’s stories of riding for Kerry Packer and other extremely successful owners have audiences enthralled and entertained from the time he picks up the microphone.
If you want to make a real difference at your next corporate function or conference “The G “ just has to be your choice.
“You were fantastic. Our clientele are a group of very successful businessmen and they were enthralled with your determination to do whatever it takes to succeed. Your behind the scenes stories of the racing fraternity made your presentation entertaining, humorous and fascinating…we want you back.“
Graeme Alford, CEO World Masters of Business
“Greg’s presentation was highly entertaining, down to earth and inspirational. Our clients were particularly impressed with his honesty regarding the pitfalls of his life and his humility with the successes and triumphs. The 45 minutes of his presentation left his audience wanting more and Greg obliged by taking a number of questions. Greg is a champion and his life’s experiences are inspirational.”
Lym & Associates Accounting Advisors
“We have had many speakers but Greg was arguably the best. Very entertaining, with a great knowledge of racing and a pleasure to have with us”
Waverley Golf Club
“Excellent! Greg was fantastic, he fitted in well, spoke very well and was very popular. His knowledge and topic of racing reached all ages and kept the audience entertained.”
Local Government Association
“Excellent. Greg was excellent and very well received by the Call & Contact Centre Industry attendees. He was down to earth and provided examples of how his life experience could be applied to business to ensure success. We usually use speakers that are vendors in our industry or people with specific industry experience. This was the first time for us to use a professional – paid for speaker – and it paid off. Thank you Greg and ICMI for a successful industry lunch.”
CCMA (Consumer Contact Management Assn)
“Greg was very well received by the guests and managed to chat with everyone individually throughout the day, adding a personalised touch to the function. His old riding/career stories were very appropriate for the occasion and the guests enjoyed these thoroughly. All in all, Greg was a fantastic MC who I would not hesitate to recommend for racing functions.”
ANZ Private Bank
“Excellent. I can't speak highly enough of Greg on Friday night. Greg made contact with me a week prior to the event to gain a background knowledge of the event and the audience. Greg was one of the first to arrive on the night and talked to various groups during pre dinner drinks. Although we were late in starting and Greg’s initial time to start was delayed by over an hour he was extremely supportive. Greg’s speech held an audience of over 140 males, most with a head start due to pre dinner drinks, wonderfully. Some great stories and an insight to his life during a fantastic career. Greg then stayed and answered questions from the audience personally after he had finished. All in all, we all had a great night & Greg made it that much better. hanks for recommending him Barry. You gave me him too cheap!!”St Bernards Old Collegians
"Greg was very funny and engaging. His knowledge of racing was second to none, as you would expect. He even did a good job of relating his story to that of the audience".