The Jimmy Jenkins Memorial was first run in 2021 to honour the man whose face was a regular fixture at the Bulli meetings.
Jimmy, a former Socceroos' goalkeeper passed away in August 2020 aged 96. He had worked voluntarily at the Bulli club since it's birth for around five decades, doing anything and everything at the South Coast club.
He would be the first one at the track on race night and the last to leave after helping lock up, and had been a friend to countless participants over many years.
The Club honoured Jimmy by creating a race in his memory, and the first year it was conducted it was won by the very smart, unbeaten youngster Zipping Conway, trained by Ray Magri.
He jumped a $1.28 favourite for the first edition of the race and it looked like it was all over after the first 50m when Zipping Conway flew to the front. Fab Two Times emerged from the chasing pack to mount a challenge at the point of the turn, but Zipping Conway charged away late to claim the race by 3.5 lengths in a super time of 25.90.
In 2022, He's Grand began a purple patch of form by taking out the Jimmy Jenkins Memorial from Jackpot Ethics and How Good. The Rod O'Brien-trained chaser had to do things the hard way as well, engaging in an early speed battle with Charlie's Jar before being headed by Jackpot Ethics as they turned for home. Jackpot Ethics looked the winner halfway down the straight before He's Grand surged home over the top to claim a tough and deserved win.
Within the space of three weeks, He's Grand went on to claim the Group 2 Richmond Derby and the Dapto Silver Collar in what was a memorable month of June for the O'Brien family.
2022 Jimmy Jenkins Memorial winner He's Grand with connections