Stathi Katsidis races to one of his five Weetwood Handicap victories at Clifford Park aboard Tellem in 2007. Katsidis also won the Toowoomba feature on Vacen Lee (2000), Startell (2001), Devil (2004) and Tellem in 2005.
Stathi Katsidis races to one of his five Weetwood Handicap victories at Clifford Park aboard Tellem in 2007. Katsidis also won the Toowoomba feature on Vacen Lee (2000), Startell (2001), Devil (2004) and Tellem in 2005. Neville Madsen

Downs mourns jockey Katsidis

THE easy-going approach of former Darling Downs jockey Stathi Katsidis is something that will be missed by owners and the racing community, according to Warwick Turf Club president Jim Costello.

Katsidis died yesterday morning in Brisbane.

“He was undoubtedly one of the most talented riders produced on the Darling Downs and was reaching his peak at age 31,” Costello said.

“There is no doubt he was one of the best in Queensland, a very talented rider and nice little bloke.”

Speaking as a joint owner, Costello said “he rode our horse Wild Rose a month ago at Eagle Park”.

“Some jockeys are more approachable than others and Stathi was easy to get along with,” Costello said.

“He was always happy to talk to the owners and tell you what happened in the race and what didn’t happen.

“Every time he rode for us, he did his best.”

Costello said it was hard to believe that Katsidis had passed away.

“I was only listening to him in recent days speaking on the radio and talking about going to Melbourne to ride Shoot Out in the Cox Plate on Saturday.”

Racing Queensland Limited chairman of stewards Wade Birch said the passing of Katsidis was a tragedy.

“He had recently turned his life around to become one of the country’s leading jockeys.”

Katsidis was awarded the top honour of the George Moore Queensland Jockey of the Year award last season after winning the premiership and producing many Group and Listed victories.

He also won in 2007.


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