Lance O'Sullivan

Lance Anthony O'Sullivan ONZM (born 28 August 1963 in New Zealand) is a Thoroughbred horse trainer and former champion jockey in New Zealand.

Lance O'Sullivan
Born (1963-08-28) 28 August 1963 (age 58)
New Zealand
Career wins2479
Major racing wins
AJC Oaks (1984)
Telegraph Handicap
(1985, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2002)
Easter Handicap (1985, 1997, 2002)
Railway Stakes (1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2003)
New Zealand Stakes (1987, 1991)
Canterbury Guineas (1987)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1987)
New Zealand St. Leger (1987)
New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1988, 1992, 1993)
Captain Cook Stakes (1988, 1999, 2000)
DB Draught Classic (1989, 1990)
LKS MacKinnon Stakes (1989)
Japan Cup (1989)
New Zealand Derby (1990, 1993)
South Australian Derby (1990)
Thorndon Mile (1991, 1993, 2003)
Waikato Sprint (1991, 1995)
Rosehill Guineas (1991)
The Galaxy (1991)
Cox Plate (1991)
Otaki-Maori Weight for Age (1992, 1993, 2003)
New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1992)
Levin Classic (1992, 1996)
Queensland Derby (1992)
Queensland Oaks (1992)
Auckland Cup (1993, 1994)
New Zealand Oaks (1994, 1999)
Avondale Cup (1996)
Wellington Cup (1997, 2002)
New Zealand International Stakes (1997)
Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes (2000, 2003)
Kelt Capital Stakes (2001)
Ellerslie Sires Produce Stakes (2003)
New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame (2006)
Significant horses
Horlicks, Mr Tiz, Surfers Paradise, Popsy, Waverley Star, Snap

Riding careerEdit

O'Sullivan retired from riding in 2003 with a record 2358 New Zealand winners. In addition to this total he rode a further 121 winners offshore in places as diverse as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Singapore and Turkey. When he retired O'Sullivan was credited with winning: 12 New Zealand Jockey's Premierships (a record), having broken Bill Broughton's long-standing record of 11 and 62 GP1 winners. His biggest win as a jockey was the 1989 Japan Cup on champion mare Horlicks,[1] breaking the world record for 2400m.

Despite a number of attempts O'Sullivan was never quite able to win the Race That Stops The Nation: the Melbourne Cup. He came agonisingly close in 1985 when run down in the final few strides on Koiro Corrie May by What A Nuisance. He was also jockey of Waverley Star, who was unfortunate to run into the champion Bonecrusher, in the 1986 Cox Plate. Dubbed the "Race of the Century"[2] Waverley Star finished a gallant second, after a 2 horse war with Bonecrusher from the 800m, only succumbing to the champion in the last few strides. He did achieve redemption, courtesy of Surfers Paradise, the previous seasons New Zealand Derby winner, who looped the field on the home turn to win the 1991 running of the Cox Plate.

In the 2003 New Year Honours, O'Sullivan was appointed 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]

Training careerEdit

Lance O'Sullivan's father, Dave, founded the Wexford Stables at Matamata. Lance's brother, Paul, trained in partnership with their father before moving to Hong Kong Jockey Club in 2004.

Starting in the 2006–07 season Lance O'Sullivan has trained in partnership with Andrew Scott who previously worked in partnership with Mike Moroney at Ballymore Stables.

Key successes include:

See alsoEdit


  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. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  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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