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Stable Scene with Shane Dye, 2000

Noel McKenna

oil on canvas (support: 152.0 cm x 183.0 cm depth 4.0 cm)
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Shane Dye (b. 1966), jockey, was born in Matamata, New Zealand, and served his apprenticeship in New Zealand before coming to Australia in 1985. He won the 1989 Melbourne Cup on Tawrrific, the Golden Slipper four years in a row from 1989 to 1992 and the Cox Plate in 1995; with four Derby winners and nine Oaks winners to his credit also, he was New South Wales's leading jockey in 1990-1991 and 1996-1997. Dye won ninety Australian Group One races, third only to George Moore and Roy Higgins, before moving in 2000 to work in Hong Kong, where he became the leading rider. He was kept out of racing for months after a horrific fall off Ambitious Marju in Hong Kong in June 2006; he returned to Australia in 2008, but as of March 2009 'couldn't get a ride' and went to work in Mauritius. Dye is now establishing a secondary reputation as a poker player.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist, 2019
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2019.53

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Artist and subject

Noel McKenna (age 44 in 2000)

Shane Dye (age 34 in 2000)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

Related portraits

1. Shane Dye, 1994 (printed 2009). All Ern McQuillan.
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.