THE Newcastle racing community are mourning the death of Alan Scorse.
With more than half-a-century in the game as a jockey and trainer, Scorse passed away on Thursday.
It follows a recent battle with cancer and comes just two months after wife Sharon, daughter of the late Roy Hinton, died.
Scorse was inducted into the Newcastle and Hunter Racing Hall of Fame in May.
Scorse started preparing horses in 1997 when he ended his time as a jockey.
He rode 1269 winners, having started his apprenticeship in Sydney before moving to Newcastle in 1972.
Manawapoi and Spanish Mix were his two group 1 winners in the 1976 Stradbroke Handicap and 1993 William Reid Stakes respectively.