Vo Rogue’s famous jockey rides with his sons at the ‘Bool

Cyril Small did it all aboard the legendary Vo Rogue more than 30 years ago, but the veteran jockey got as big a thrill as he’s had in racing at Warrnambool on Sunday watching his son boot home a winner.

What made it all the more special was the fact the Queensland-based Small was in Melbourne and decided to ride at the meeting, to be with his sons Braidon and Daniel on the day.

Small, 63, says he has no intention on hanging up the boots anytime soon, and is still loving race riding.

While he managed no better than seventh in his two rides at Warrnambool on Sunday, Small said seeing Braidon win made it worthwhile.

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“We all rode on the same program,” Small said.

“I am down in Melbourne to meet the publisher of my wife’s (Lynlea) book that she has written (about Vo Rogue).

“In the same trip, I thought I may as well go to the races, I got a few rides there and caught up with the kids and the grandkids.

“They are both jump jockeys, so they wouldn’t let me ride in the same races.”

It marked the first time Small had ridden at a meeting with both sons, with Daniel only taking up the sport in the last 12 months.

Cyril Small famously partnered Vo Rogue to most of his wins. Picture: Adam Head.

“Braidon rode Yulong Place to win on Sunday, that was for dear friends of ours too so it meant a lot,” he said.

“Daniel has only been riding this year, he is the eldest boy, and he rode second on one which was part-owned by my wife.”

Small is still a regular around country Queensland tracks, and revealed he wants to last at least another two years in the saddle to make it to a significant milestone.

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“I want to ride for at least another two years, that will give me a 50-year span then because I started when I was 15,” he said.

“I don’t know, when that time comes I might continue on a bit longer.

“My wife and I have a couple of horses, there is one that if he comes good and starts winning races – I’m not going to jump off it am I?

“I had a winner at Gladstone the other day, it was good.”

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