WA Carbiner John “JJ” Miller was recently inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Melbourne’s Federation Square.
A legendary jockey who amassed over 2200 winners in a stellar career in the saddle, JJ rode with success in Australia, Ireland, Singapore and Mauritius and is best known in Australia for his feats when riding for the Cups King, Bart Cummings, including the 1966 Melbourne Cup on Galilee which he also rode to win the Caulfield and Sydney Cups.
He rode Ulyatt to win a Perth Cup – Ulyatt was trained by his wife Kay, and later turning to training himself JJ pulled off an amazing training feat when King of Saxony won the 1999 Perth Cup first up after a let up of 8 months. Kay trained numerous winners including another Perth Cup winner and JJ is quick to acknowledge the huge contribution she made to his success.
JJ, who recently celebrated his 84th birthday, is a long term member of the WA chapter of the Carbine Club; these days JJ is looking fit enough to jump back in the saddle and he is a familiar sight pushing his bicycle daily around his beloved Fremantle heading to the pool or the ocean