Vale George Hanlon / National / 31 Jan, 2010

The Australian Trainers' Association Federal Executive are deeply saddened by the passing of highly respected legendary trainer and much valued ATA Member, George Hanlon.

Beginning his career in South Australia under the guidance of Jim Cummings, Hanlon was granted an owner-trainer licence in 1946.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Hanlon was renowned for his ability with stayers and earned a formidable reputation training the winners of most of Australia’s feature races.

His wins included three Melbourne Cups (Piping Lane (1972), Arwon (1978) and Black Knight (1984)), a Caulfield Cup, a Brisbane Cup, an Australian Cup, Cox Plate, an AJC Derby and a Doncaster as well as four Adelaide Cups.

He trained his last Group One winner at the age of 83 when Mr Prudent won the 2001 Sydney Cup.

Hanlon was a proud inductee into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame in 2002.

Our sincerest condolences are extended to George’s family and his many friends in racing.