Respected racing personality, commentator and educator Rob Gaylard dies aged 70

Rob Gaylard, a highly-respected racing personality, equine commentator and educator, passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning at his property near Geelong.

Gaylard, 70, was the voice and face of the Flemington Mounting Yard presentations for about 20 years.

The Carlton “tragic”, who worked in Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program since 2002, was known within both the racing and equestrian communities.

A passionate and knowledgeable horseman, Gaylard took immense pride in helping retired racehorses make the transition from the racetrack to equestrian pursuits, including Group 1 winner Chautauqua.

The late Rob Gaylard and his daughter Casey Bruce. Picture: SuppliedSource:The Weekly Times

Racing Victoria chief Giles Thompson on Tuesday paid tribute to Gaylard on behalf of the entire industry.

“I would like to extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Karen, Casey and the family on the passing of a wonderful person and true friend to many,“ Thompson said.

“He was indeed a friendly and welcoming face trackside to all who knew him, and his professionalism as an MC shone through at all times.

“Rob loved horses, be it racehorses or show horses, and the industry has benefited from his knowledge and passion for both … and championed the deeds of Off the Track racehorses.”

Jockey Daniel Moor was among those shocked and saddened to learn of Gaylard’s death.

“Great racing man and fellow @CarltonFC tragic,” Moor posted on Twitter.

“The Blues social room will be a lot quieter without you mate. Condolences to Karen and the family. RIP.”

Gaylard has hosted Carlton Football Club functions for more than a decade.

Originally published asRespected racing icon Rob Gaylard dies aged 70

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