Vale - Roy Higgins - The Professor

Mar 13, 2014

Champion jockey Roy Higgins has been remembered as a warm and genuine character with a great sense of humour at a funeral service at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne today.

At the conclusion of the service his hearse did a lap of the Flemington track, past a guard of honour of jockeys and trainers.

He was known for being incredibly generous with his advice and support of younger jockeys and all whom met him.

Bruce McAvaney said Higgins' greatest gift and legacy was that "he would be remembered more as the man than the legend".

"He had a quality all his own, one that is rare in racing and in sport," Les Carlyon said. "He came as close as anyone to being universally loved."

Colin said that he was the nicest person he had ever met in racing.

He died on Saturday aged 75 after a short illness.