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O.P. « 2013-Dec-03, 02:59 PM »
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« 2013-Dec-03, 03:15 PM Reply #1 »
It opened perfectly on my little device.

Looks good.

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« 2013-Dec-03, 03:28 PM Reply #2 »
Cheers .  That is good to know. 

I don't have a hand held device and my web authoring skills are frozen in 1998.  I just assumed it wouldn't work in the modern day minis.


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« 2013-Dec-03, 05:40 PM Reply #3 »
Tontonan, Congratulations,  :clap2: Absolutely wonderful piece of work by you to capture such historical memories of Australian Horse Racing. My hat goes off to you, my good man.    :thumbsup:

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« 2013-Dec-05, 11:14 AM Reply #4 »

Thank You Zoro.

This blog gives me the chance to elaborate a bit on what I learn along the way of my historical journey. It's not just a nostalgia trip. I reckon we can better understand and appreciate what we witness today if we understand how it all came to pass.

I was writing up Briseis profile the other night. What a yarn it is. A 2YO filly won breaks her maiden by winning the Doncaster who returns later in the year as a 3YO to win the Derby, the Melbourne Cup and the Oaks.

It is a truly incredible record, literally incredible. Many moderns simply dismiss it as proof of how 'poor' racing must have been if a filly could compile a record like that. That she broke the records in the Doncaster, the All Aged Stakes, the Derby and the Melbourne Cup only convinces them of how 'slow' racing must have been. But that is just prejudice. Literally prejudice. Their minds are made up before they have considered the facts.

The breed improves over time. It certainly does and it has never improved as rapidly or as demonstrably as it did in the colonial era. It wasn't just the breed that improved. Racing improved too.

The 1870's was the era of Robert Bagot the celebrated secretary of the VRC whose list of achievements is almost as incredible as the career of Briseis. Bagot improved Flemington in manifold ways. He had the course regraded, building up the outside of the track to camber it for speed. He had the horrible cape weed surface removed and resowed it with finer grasses - and while I dont know if a new fangled steam roller was deployed the lumpy surface was flattened. he railed the track circumference and installed the electric chronometer to time the racing. And when people began to doubt the times the track was producing he had the course completely resurveyed to ascertain its true measurement. He found that the previous survey was just 4 links short (about 30 inches - oh alright, about 750ml).

The improvement of the breed + the improvement of the track = rapidly diminishing race times.

And the breed ?

You only need to look at some of the portraits of these horses to see the improvement.

Consider little Jorrocks the half bred champion of the 1840's to Briseis. He was 14.2 hh barely bigger than a pony. In fact, in the days of pony racing, for a horse to run at the pony tracks he needed to get 'under the bar'. They literally used a bar set at the prescribed height of a pony and if the horses couldn't pass under the bar they were disqualified from running. Jorrocks would have got under the bar. Pony racing accomodated the half bred horses who were displaced by the rapidly improving thoroughbreds of the 19th century. You can see from Briseis sketch that she is tall and leggy, a very different cut of horse than Jorrocks. Her size is exaggerated somewhat by the little bloke on her back. That is Peter St Albans, who was no more than 13 years old. One of the reasons why he is on her back is that he could make the postage stamp weights she carried against the older horses.

When she won the Doncaster she carried 35kg. When she won the All Aged Stakes she carried 37kg, and she won the Melbourne Cup with 40kg. The doubters will laugh out loud. "The fools ! What sort of WFA scale is that !" But actually there wasn't a whole lot wrong with the WFA scale - what was happening is that the most noticeable improvement in the breed of the times was the development of its young horses - they were getting bigger and faster and ahead of the formerly appropriate weights allocated to young horses.

Briseis was the first juvenile to win the Doncaster, but she wasn't the only one. Crossfire also won it as a juvenile in 1886 with 6.2 (39kg) in record time, 5 seconds faster than Briseis record. Briseis was also the first juvenile to win the All Aged Stakes but she certainly wasn't the last. 8 of the 12 renewals of the All Aged following Briseis were won by juveniles and they won a total of 14 editions of the race until Charles Stuart won in 1906. Then there were no more.

What is interesting is that while Briseis was asked to carry 5.11 (37kg) Lady Betty in 1888 had to carry 6.13 (44kg). The weight for age scale was being desperately modified to keep up with the improvement of the juveniles that made then so competitive over the flying mile with their elders.

This year we saw an eye popping juvenile filly called Guelph win the Champagne Stakes with 54.5kg in 1.36.28. I wonder just how much faster she could have run the mile with 37kg ? I wonder if any of her elders could give her 20kg and a beating over a mile ? I wonder just how 'incredible' Briseis was or whether she was just an eye popping filly who met her elders on very advantageous terms ?

I wonder if horses have changed so much in the past 150 years as their humans have ? I can count on one hand the number of juveniles I can remember taking on all aged competition at WFA - Desirable, Flaunting, Clever Zoe, all fillies, won or placed in the Lightning Stakes. Ritmar and Misting won before my time. Now it is no longer fashionable - or probably possible find 7 stone jockeys to do so.

These days it is fashionable to take a filly like Guelph and restrict her racing to her own age and sex in order to protect her record. That she is built like a stallion is of no mind. That she would be more competitive in richer races against the colts or indeed all aged company doesn't matter either. The owners have a variety of well staked easy options to chose from against her own kind and they take them.

That's not how the game was played in the 1870's.


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« 2013-Dec-06, 12:39 PM Reply #5 »

Although she won the Doncaster and the All Aged Stakes as a 2YO Briseis wasn't the best juvenile in the colonies. Not even the second best. 1873 was a very good year.

Newminster was a brilliant juvenile who clean swept the Melbourne 2YO features - the Maribyrnong Plate, the Normandy Stakes, the Ascot Vale Stakes and the VRC Sires Produce Stakes - and he had the measure of 'The Chrysolite colt' and 'The Chrysolite colt' had the measure of Briseis.  Newminster did not go to Sydney but was put away for the Spring and 'The Chrysolite colt' clean swept the Sydney juvenile features in his absence - the Champagne Stakes, the Breeders Plate and the AJC Sires Produce.

Briseis was put in the all aged events to avoid him - and she won them all.

In the Spring 'The Chrysolite colt' won the AJC Derby and Mares Produce Stakes while Newminster and Briseis remained under wraps in Melbourne. Newminster was already a heavily bet favourite to win the Victoria Derby and the Melbourne Cup and his rematch with The Chrysolite colt was much anticipated while his main opposition for the Melbourne Cup was the previous season's crack 3YO Robin Hood, and the imported mare Nemesis who had impressively won the Metropolitan.

On 12 September 1876 The Chrysolite colt, Nemesis, Robin Hood and 8 other thoroughbreds embarked the coastal steamer City of Melbourne to set sail for Victoria to do battle with Newminster.

None of them arrived.

 

~ Melbourne Argus 13 September 1876
An unparalleled destruction of racing stock is one of the results of the terrific gale which was experienced on the New South Wales coast during Sunday and Monday.


The City of Melbourne, having on board 11 racehorses, the flower of the Victorian studs, left Sydney for Melbourne on Saturday. Soon after passing Cape St. George she encountered the Storm, which raged with such violence that the steamer became almost helpless.

 

The decks were swept, the cabins flooded, and out of the 11 horses the following nine were speedily killed -Robin Hood, Burgundy, Poacher, Nemesis, Etoile du Matin, Eros, Sovereign, Lecturer colt, and Sylvia colt.  The other two, Chrysolite colt and Redwood, were saved by the exertions of the men in charge of them, and the City of Melbourne having put back to Sydney, were landed yesterday in a very exhausted condition.

Though no lives were lost amongst the passengers, they appear to have suffered considerably, as the cabins were completely flooded by the heavy seas by which the vessel was almost overwhelmed.

The Chrysolite colt survived the ordeal and was given and appropriate name - Robinson Crusoe, and was commonly called 'the shipwreck horse'.  He was scratched from all his Spring engagements, and together with the loss of the Cup favourites Nemesis and Robin Hood, Newminster was left as a very short favourite for both the Derby and the Melbourne Cup, already heavily bet at odds before the destruction of his primary opponents.  The bookmakers stood to be broken if he won.

Newminster was found poisoned on the floor of his box a few weeks later.  His stomach was pumped and his owner Andrew Chirnside left him in the Derby for the sake of the public who had already bet him so heavily.  The Derby was stacked with moderate colts whose only purpose was to hamper the favourite and Newminster ran poorly and finished sixth behind Briseis, Queen's Head and Sybil - the only occasion three fillies have ever filled the placings in the Derby.  Chirnside immediately scratched Newminster from the Cup.

The 1876 Cup attracted 33 runners but they were an ordinary bunch encouraged by the decimation of the leading lights in the race.  Briseis (7/1) beat the filly Sibyl by 2 lengths to claim the Cup, and two days later was untroubled to win the Oaks.  She never won another race from her remaining five starts and was retired to stud.

At St Albans Stud, where she had been born four years earlier, Briseis was being hobbled in preparation for her first meeting with King of the Ring when she reared up, toppled over backwards and cracked her skull on fence post.

Newminster was never quite the same horse and never recaptured the brilliant form of his juvenile year but on an unseasonally hot windy day at 'the Heath' he won the first Caulfield Cup as a 6 year old in April 1879.  At stud he sired the 1896 Melbourne Cup winning champion Newhaven who was out of the daughter of Briseis full sister Idalia.

 

 

 

 

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« 2013-Dec-12, 08:01 PM Reply #6 »
Marvellous read.    emthup  

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« 2014-Nov-09, 12:17 AM Reply #7 »
It has been so long since I visited this thread I got this message -

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This is what I have been up to...

I think I might have finished the Colonial gallery and re established it as a Blogger blog.  This is a sample of the new blog. 

It is essentially a collection of profiles of 84 Colonial racehorses each with their complete racing record, many of which were originally posted of the long running Race Records of Champion Racehorses thread.  This is a screenshot of Wallace's profile...



Each profile features a picture of the horse, its vital statistics, a table of its principal wins, its complete racing record, pedigree chart and list of the stakeswinners the horse produced.  In Wallaces case his page goes on and on and on because he was a very great sire indeed.  There is some vacant space on the page because I am supposed to write a little narrative to accompany each of the profiles but that's on my 'to do' list.

The blog also features a summary of every racing season from 1840 to 1900.  This is a sample of the summary for 1899-00



Each season summary features a table of the principal race winners, results of selected principal races, the 'Horses of the Year' and the champion sire of the season.  Many pages have historical notes  describing any important developments in the history of the turf or the general history of Australia (the idea being to give some sort of context to the time in which these seasons were conducted).

As you can see the seasons are indexed on the left of each page and the horse profiles are indexed on the right.  The top menu links to 'galleries' of the profiled horses and other stand alone pages associated with the site.

I moved the project to Blogger because I am too tight to pay for my own domain, and because Blogger provides a facility for readers to comment and various management tools that I like.  My web skills are limited and Blogger is stable, virus/malware free and isn't likely to disappear as some free servers are prone to do. 

I am currently tweaking things and preparing the blog page that will be the entry point for the site.  I should be ready to raise the curtain in the next week or so but until then I just wanted to put a few samples out there.

 I want to get the Colonial Gallery 'out there' so I can move on to the next part of the project -  The Horses of the Years Part II : The Federation Gallery  1901 to 194?

Watch this space.


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« 2014-Nov-09, 09:54 AM Reply #8 »
Love your passion Tontonan.

Great that  you can put something like this together .

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« 2014-Nov-09, 11:29 AM Reply #9 »
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« 2014-Nov-11, 12:43 PM Reply #10 »
(Sorry about the size of these samples.  I don't have time to resize them)

I am not totally lost in the 19th century. While the site is comprised of 84 Horse profiles and 60 odd seasons from the 19th century that is only because I am working chronologically.  But the site also features a number of 'galleries' at present that feature horses from later periods...

  • The Melbourne Cup Gallery - 1861 to 1905 at present but this will be extended as the project progresses
  • The Hall of Fame Gallery - the 47 thoroughbred and some selected people inductees to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame
  • The Horses of the Year - The winners of the Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year Award since 1969 together with the leading ANZ Classifications
  • The Colonial Gallery - 24 of the best horses of the colonial era.


Sample of the Melbourne Cup Gallery


Currently only the Colonial Gallery and the Melbourne Cup Gallery link to the horse profile pages but as the catalogue of horses grows with the project they will all link up in time.

The galleries are on a broader screen, not the book format, and live on different blog sites but they are all linked up to the main site so navigation should be seamless.

The galleries provide an overview of the 'fields' of champions in each category.  The profile pages provide the details.  Consider it a historical form guide.


Sample of the Hall of Fame Gallery

The project is about to launch into the 20th century.  The season summaries will be uploaded in conjunction with the profiles of the seasons leading horses, and as I move forward they will be linked to the galleries.  Occasionally I might jump forward and upload a profile page for a Hall of Famer or a Horse of the Year but the upload will be primarily chronological.


Sample of the Horse of the Year Gallery


I anticipate that as the database of horse records grows I can easily compose other Galleries, like the Queens of the Turf, simply by drawing up an index of the best females and linking it to their profiles in the database.  I envisage galleries of Cox Plate winners, Sprinters and Milers, even Great Greys.  There are many possibilities.

The only issue is that Blogger isn't very quick and some of the gallery pages are pretty big and they take a little while to load.  And I am not at all sure how they will display on phones and tablets or even on sensibly sized desktop screens.  So it could be a mess, and any feedback will be invaluable.

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« 2014-Nov-22, 08:57 AM Reply #11 »


This is priceless.  It is the cover of The Argus Weekend Magazine from 30 October 1948 and features a picture of former jockey Jack Anwin and his 3 year old daughter Jane admiring a picture of  Bravo who Jack rode to victory over Carbine in the 1889 Melbourne Cup.  Jane, who is wearing Bravo's cap, turned 69 this year.

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« 2014-Nov-22, 02:47 PM Reply #12 »
PICTURING THE GALLOPING HORSE



This is a watercolour of the 1889 Cup from about the half mile mark.  It depicts Carbine making his way to the front on the outside and was painted by 19 year old Charlie Hammond from whose art folios I have lifted both images.

The image is especially interesting as  you can clearly see the wire running between the furlong markers that bore the electric time signal from the starter to the chronograph at the winning post that recorded the race time.

But even more importantly Charlie has correctly depicted the galloping horses in 1889.

So what ?  Well, in the 1880's horses were still being depicted 'flying' rather than galloping.  Like this -



This is Sheet Anchor, Grace Darling and Trenton driving for the line in the famous finish for the 1885 Cup depicted in the Australasian Sketcher.  Note they are all in the 'Superman pose', all four limbs impossibly outstretched, hovering over the ground.  This was the conventional way of depicting the galloping horse in the 19th century, although by 1885 they had no excuse.  

Until 1878 nobody was truly certain about the mechanics of a gallop and a debate raged over whether the horses four feet ever left the ground at once but Eadweard Muybridge revealed all with a demonstration in the USA called Sallie Gardiner at a Gallop.



Muybridge achieved this by wiring  cameras in an array and triggering them successively as Sallie galloped by. He then compiled the images in a machine he invented for the purpose called a Zoopraxiscope and projected them on a screen to give the impression of a moving picture - perhaps the first moving picture in history.  

At last the actual hoof falls of a horse at gallop were clearly revealed and the era of the 'hovering horse' had come to an end... except that there was a good deal of resistance to Muybridge's revelation and horses were still be depicted as flying by some artists to the end of the century.  

At the very least Muybridge's photography proved that the horse does 'fly' for about 24% of its gallop cycle but when it is in suspension its legs are tucked up under its body - as Charlie Hammond has painted Carbine and others above - and not in the conventional Superman style.  

This is a 2006 reproduction of Muybridge's original photographs of Sallie Gardiner animated as a GIF...



There is a very good reason while Charlie Hammond broke with convention to paint the galloping horse truly:  Charlie Hammond was a photographer.   This is Charlie and his comrade Bert photographing the very scene that Charlie has painted -



Charlie and Bert were taking instantaneous photographs.  As images they were fairly dreadful but they were among the first photographs of racehorses ever taken.

In these days of bitching about which digital telecast of the races to watch all this must seem like ancient history, but it happened when Jane Anwin's grand dad was riding, and if nothing else, it reminds me of just how creative, inventive and bloody remarkable our grand dads really were.
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« 2014-Dec-06, 10:45 AM Reply #13 »
I have just finished the bare bones of Emir's race record.  It is the 100th career record I have posted to the blog and I am only up to 1905 ! 
It seems my survey is averaging around 25 horse profiles per decade so if I press on until the present day I expect the collection will number somewhere in excess of 350.  I could add many more.  There are already some glaring omissions from the collection up until 1905 that bother me - or are works in progress. 

For example I haven't yet included Flying Buck, Goldsbrough, Darebin, Amberite, Aurum, Crossfire, Newminster, Barbelle, Paris, The Harvester, Wheatear, Camoola, Hamlet ... I suppose the nature of the beast is that the more I add the more suggest themselves.

It is of no matter that people haven't heard of any of these horses.  That is the point of the blog : To introduce readers to worthy horses that have been forgotten, and through them, to the history of the Australian turf.

Or rather, to introduce myself to those worthy horses and through them, continue to discover the wonderous web of the history of the Australian turf.

It's the connections that I discover that keep me interested. 

Emir, for example, was owned by EED Clarke, the brother of Sir Rupert, who was not a horse breeder until he raced Emir.  Emir was a great specimen, with a wonderful pedigree and when he was in the mood he was a champion racehorse.  Clarke decided to stand him at stud and sent his agent to England to buy mares for his harem.   

In the meantime he bought a property at Melton for the purpose and in 1905 he retired Emir to the stud and introduced him to his harem as well a number of mares whom others had paid 30 guineas for Emir to service.  Emir serviced them all.  Not one came into foal.  Emir was totally and utter impotent, and he was returned to Scobie's racing stable for three wholly unsatisfactory seasons in which he never even looked like finding his form.

Its a sad story but that was not the end of it.  Clarke considered selling the stud but as he owned a band of broodmares he decided instead to have his agent find a replacement sire for Emir.  The agent found a Flying Fox horse called The Welkin who was brought to Melton and put to Clarke's mares.  One of those mares was Light.  She produced a colt who was sold at the sales to GD Greenwood of New Zealand who took the horse across the Tasman to race and named him Gloaming.

If not for Emir Ernest Clarke would never have established his stud or imported Light.  If not for Emir's impotence he would never have imported The Welkin.  If not for Emir there would never have been a Gloaming.


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« 2014-Dec-07, 02:57 PM Reply #14 »
As I have completed 100 horse profiles from 1840 to 1905 it might be a good time to 'take stock.

The first thing I want to list is the leading principal race winners.  Those horses that won 10 or more Principal Races were :

(PR WINS) NAME  Starts=Wins-2nds-3rds   % PRWins /Starts

(30) CARBINE   43=33-6-3  76.7%
(25) WAKEFUL  44=25-12-4  56.8%
(19) CHESTER  30-19-7-1  63.3%
(19) TIM WHIFFLER 57= 23-14-7  33.3%
(17) ABERCORN  35=21-8-4  48.5%
(17) PAUL PRY  102= 30-?-?  16.6%
(16 -2 DISQ) GLADSOME  64= 27-18-5  28.1%  (Gladsome was twice disqualified when he rider was discovered to be unlicensed
(11 + 4 GB) NEWHAVEN  34= 18-6-4 All / 21-14-4-2 Aust;   44.1% All  / 52.3% Aust
(14) TRIDENT  22=15-2-2  63.6%
(13+) THE BARB  23=16-2-1 65.2% (The Barb would have 15 Principal Wins if the Port Phillip Stakes were included in his tally.  The ASB does not include the race but I do)
(12) DAGWORTH  39=16-6-5  30.7%
(12) EMIR  55=12-3-9  21.8%
(11) BOBADIL  23=13-6-2  47.8%
(11) LA CARABINE  48=15-5-2  22.9%
(11) ROBINSON CRUSOE   19=11-4-2  57.8%
(11) LADY WALLACE  28=14-4-3  39.3%
(11) TARTAN  32=13-5-4  34.3%
(10) DIVIDEND  33=12-4-3  30.3%

There a couple of others who did not reach 10 wins who should be included -
(9) NAVIGATOR 16 = 11-2-2  56.2%
(-8-) GRAND FLANEUR   9=9-0-0   88.8%
(-8-) LE GRAND  21=13-1-4   38.1%  (Le Grand also won the QTC Sires Produce but it is not included in the ASB tables)

Now I should point out that there were more principal races to be won in 1905 than there were in 1868 so the figures may skew toward the later horses.
And not all principal races are equal.  Paul Pry won plenty but they included Kalgoorlie and Onkaparinga Cups.

Arranged by the percentage of principal race wins to starts the order changes to -

88.8%  GRAND FLANEUR
76.7%  CARBINE
65.2%  THE BARB
63.6%  TRIDENT (by Robinson Crusoe)
63.3%  CHESTER
57.8%  ROBINSON CRUSOE
56.8%  WAKEFUL
56.2%  NAVIGATOR  (by Robinson Crusoe)
52.3%  NEWHAVEN (Aust only)
48.5%  ABERCORN (by Chester)
47.8%  BOBADIL

If you ever wanted a value neutral indication of the leading horses of the Colonial period (and I am sure you haven't) then this is it.





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« 2015-Apr-27, 06:07 PM Reply #15 »
Why is my life so hard ?    :what:

OK. After much mucking about here is a continuous list of the leading Australian racehorses for each season from 1840/41.  

The list is very provisional.  'X' marks those years that are most contentious.  * indicates a mare.

I will return to the list with 2 & 3YOs and to do some fine tuning to the selections.

The horses in bold have had their careers documented in the Racing Records thread.


YEAR     HORSE OF THE YEAR
1841     JERRY STREAK
1842     BEESWING*
1843     JORROCKS
1844     JORROCKS
1845 X BLUE BONNET*
1846     JORROCKS
1847     JORROCKS
1848     JORROCKS
1849     JORROCKS
1850     JORROCKS
1851     COSSACK
1852     COSSACK
1853     SPORTSMAN
1854     SPORTSMAN
1855     VANGUARD
1856 X COORAMIN ?
1857     VENO
1858     VENO
1859     STROP (NZ)
1860     FLYING BUCK
1861     ZOE*
1862     ARCHER
1863     ARCHER
1864 X BARWON
1865     LANTERN
1866 X YATTENDON
1867     THE BARB
1868     FIREWORKS
1869     THE BARB
1870 X CHARON
1871     TIM WHIFFLER
1872 X HAMLET
1873     DAGWORTH
1874     DON JUAN
1875     LURLINE (NZ)*
1876     RICHMOND
1877     BRISEIS*
1878     CHESTER
1879     CHESTER
1880     FIRST KING
1881     GRAND FLANEUR
1882     WHEATEAR
1883     NAVIGATOR
1884     MARTINI HENRI (NZ)
1885     MALUA
1886     NORDENFELDT (NZ)
1887     TRIDENT
1888     ABERCORN
1889     CARBINE(NZ)
1890     CARBINE(NZ)
1891     CARBINE(NZ)
1892 X MARVEL
1893     CAMOOLA
1894 X PARIS
1895     THE HARVESTER
1896     WALLACE
1897     NEWHAVEN
1898     AMBERITE
1899     THE GRAFTER
1900     LA CARABINE*
1901 X LA CARABINE*
1902     WAKEFUL*
1903     WAKEFUL*
1904 X LORD CARDIGAN
1905     GLADSOME*
1906     LADY WALLACE*
1907     POSEIDON
1908     MOUNTAIN KING
1909 X SOULTINE (NZ)
1910     PRINCE FOOTE
1911     COMEDY KING (GB)
1912     TRAFALGAR
1913 X PIASTRE
1914 X WOORAK
1915     CARLITA*
1916     PATROBAS
1917 X SASANOF (NZ)
1918 X DESERT GOLD* (NZ)
1919 X GLOAMING
1920     ARTILLERYMAN
1921     EURYTHMIC
1922     EURYTHMIC
1923 X VIOLONCELLO (GB)
1924 X THE HAWK (NZ)
1925 X GLOAMING
1926     WINDBAG
1927 X HEROIC
1928     LIMERICK (NZ)
1929 X GOTHIC (GB)
1930     PHAR LAP (NZ)
1931     PHAR LAP (NZ)
1932     PHAR LAP (NZ)
1933     PETER PAN
1934 X CHATHAM
1935     PETER PAN
1936     CUDDLE*(NZ)
1937 X YOUNG IDEA
1938 X THE TRUMP
1939     AJAX
1940 X HIGH CASTE(NZ)
1941     BEAU VITE(NZ)
1942     BEAU VITE(NZ)
1943     TRANQUIL STAR*
1944 X KATANGA
1945 X TEA ROSE
1946     BERNBOROUGH
1947 X BERNBOROUGH
1948 X SHANNON
1949     CARBON COPY
1950     DELTA
1951     COMIC COURT
1952     DELTA
1953     DALRAY(NZ)
1954 X HYDROGEN
1955     RISING FAST(NZ)
1956     RISING FAST(NZ)
1957     REDCRAZE(NZ)
1958     TULLOCH (NZ)
1959 X LORD
1960 X TULLOCH (NZ)
1961     TULLOCH (NZ)
1962     SKY HIGH
1963     EVEN STEVENS (NZ)
1964 X WENONA GIRL*
1965 X TIME AND TIDE
1966     LIGHT FINGERS*(NZ)
1967     GALILEE (NZ)
1968     TOBIN BRONZE
 

Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year Awards


1969     RAIN LOVER
1970     VAIN
1971     GAY ICURAS
1972     GUNSYND
1973     DAYANA (NZ)
1974     TAJ ROSSI
1975     LEILANI*(NZ)
1976     LORD DUDLEY
1977     SURROUND*(NZ)
1978     MAYBE MAHAL*
1979     MANIKATO
1980     KINGSTON TOWN
1981     HYPERNO (NZ)
1982     ROSE OF KINGSTON*
1983     GURNER'S LANE (NZ)/STRAWBERRY ROAD
1984     EMANCIPATION*
1985     RED ANCHOR
1986     BOUNDING AWAY*
1987     BONECRUSHER (NZ)/PLACID ARK
1988     BEAU ZAM (NZ)
1989     RESEARCH*
1990     ALMAARAD (IRE)
1991     BETTER LOOSEN UP
1992     LET'S ELOPE (NZ)*
1993     VEANDERCROSS (NZ)
1994     MAHOGANY
1995     JEUNE (GB)
1996     OCTAGONAL (NZ)
1997     SAINTLY (NZ)
1998     MIGHT & POWER (NZ)
1999     MIGHT & POWER (NZ)
2000     SUNLINE (NZ)*
2001     SUNLINE (NZ)*
2002     SUNLINE (NZ)*
2003     NORTHERLEY
2004     LONHRO
2005     MAKYBE DIVA (GB)*
2006     MAKYBE DIVA (GB)*
2007     MISS ANDRETTI*
2008     WEEKEND HUSSLER
2009     SCENIC BLAST
2010     TYPHOON TRACY*
2011     BLACK CAVIAR*
2012     BLACK CAVIAR*
2013     BLACK CAVIAR*
2014     LANKAN RUPEE
2015

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« 2015-Apr-27, 07:36 PM Reply #16 »
YEAR     HORSE OF THE YEAR
1841     JERRY STREAK
1842     BEESWING*
1843     JORROCKS
1844     JORROCKS
1845 X BLUE BONNET*
1846     JORROCKS
1847     JORROCKS
1848     JORROCKS
1849     JORROCKS
1850     JORROCKS
1851     COSSACK
1852     COSSACK
1853     SPORTSMAN
1854     SPORTSMAN
1855     VANGUARD
1856 X COORAMIN ?
1857     VENO
1858     VENO
1859     STROP (NZ)
1860     FLYING BUCK
1861     ZOE*
1862     ARCHER
1863     ARCHER
1864 X BARWON or Tarragon
1865     LANTERN
1866 X TARRAGON or Yattendon
1867     THE BARB
1868     FIREWORKS
1869     THE BARB
1870 X BARBELLE or Charon
1871     TIM WHIFFLER
1872 X WARRIOR or Hamlet
1873     DAGWORTH
1874     DON JUAN
1875     LURLINE (NZ)*
1876     RICHMOND
1877     BRISEIS*
1878     CHESTER
1879     CHESTER
1880     FIRST KING
1881     GRAND FLANEUR
1882     WHEATEAR
1883     NAVIGATOR
1884     MARTINI HENRI (NZ)
1885     MALUA
1886     NORDENFELDT (NZ)
1887     TRIDENT
1888     ABERCORN
1889     CARBINE(NZ)
1890     CARBINE(NZ)
1891     CARBINE(NZ)
1892 X MARVEL or Strathmore
1893     CAMOOLA
1894 X LOYALTY
1895     THE HARVESTER
1896     WALLACE
1897     NEWHAVEN
1898     AMBERITE
1899     THE GRAFTER
1900     LA CARABINE*
1901 X LA CARABINE* or Maltster or Clean Sweep
1902     WAKEFUL*
1903     WAKEFUL*
1904 X LORD CARDIGAN or Wakeful
1905     GLADSOME*
1906     LADY WALLACE*
1907     POSEIDON
1908     MOUNTAIN KING
1909 X SOULTINE (NZ)
1910     PRINCE FOOTE
1911     COMEDY KING (GB)
1912     TRAFALGAR
1913 X PIASTRE or Duke Foote
1914 X WOORAK or Cagou or Beragoon
1915     CARLITA*
1916     PATROBAS
1917 X SASANOF (NZ) or Woloroi or Patrobas
1918 X DESERT GOLD* (NZ) or Biplane (NZ)
1919 X GLOAMING or Kennaquhair
1920     ARTILLERYMAN
1921     EURYTHMIC
1922     EURYTHMIC
1923 X VIOLONCELLO (GB) or Whittier or David
1924 X THE HAWK (NZ) or Rivoli or Whittier
1925 X GLOAMING or Heroic or Windbag or Spearfelt
1926     WINDBAG
1927 X HEROIC or Manfred or Rampion
1928     LIMERICK (NZ)
1929 X GOTHIC (GB) or Mollison or Amounis or Strephon
1930     PHAR LAP (NZ)
1931     PHAR LAP (NZ)
1932     PHAR LAP (NZ)
1933     PETER PAN
1934     CHATHAM
1935     PETER PAN
1936     CUDDLE*(NZ)
1937 X YOUNG IDEA or Taliking or Aurie's Star
1938 X THE TRUMP or Ajax
1939     AJAX
1940 X HIGH CASTE(NZ) or Rivette or Reading or Ajax
1941     BEAU VITE(NZ)
1942     BEAU VITE(NZ)
1943     TRANQUIL STAR*
1944 X KATANGA or Amana
1945 X TEA ROSE or Tranquil Star
1946     BERNBOROUGH
1947 X BERNBOROUGH or Royal gem or Flight or Attley or Russia
1948 X SHANNON or Columnist
1949     CARBON COPY
1950     DELTA
1951     COMIC COURT
1952     DELTA
1953     DALRAY(NZ)
1954 X HYDROGEN or Carioca
1955     RISING FAST(NZ)
1956     RISING FAST(NZ)
1957     REDCRAZE(NZ)
1958     TULLOCH (NZ)
1959 X LORD or Wiggle
1960 X TULLOCH (NZ) or Todman or Noholme
1961     TULLOCH (NZ)
1962     SKY HIGH
1963     EVEN STEVENS (NZ)
1964 X WENONA GIRL* or Summer Fair
1965 X TIME AND TIDE or Sir Dane
1966     LIGHT FINGERS*(NZ)
1967     GALILEE (NZ)
1968     TOBIN BRONZE

Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year Awards

1969     RAIN LOVER
1970     VAIN
1971     GAY ICURAS
1972     GUNSYND
1973     DAYANA (NZ)
1974     TAJ ROSSI
1975     LEILANI*(NZ)
1976     LORD DUDLEY
1977     SURROUND*(NZ)
1978     MAYBE MAHAL*
1979     MANIKATO
1980     KINGSTON TOWN
1981     HYPERNO (NZ)
1982     ROSE OF KINGSTON*
1983     GURNER'S LANE (NZ)/STRAWBERRY ROAD
1984     EMANCIPATION*
1985     RED ANCHOR
1986     BOUNDING AWAY*
1987     BONECRUSHER (NZ)/PLACID ARK
1988     BEAU ZAM (NZ)
1989     RESEARCH*
1990     ALMAARAD (IRE)
1991     BETTER LOOSEN UP
1992     LET'S ELOPE (NZ)*
1993     VEANDERCROSS (NZ)
1994     MAHOGANY
1995     JEUNE (GB)
1996     OCTAGONAL (NZ)
1997     SAINTLY (NZ)
1998     MIGHT & POWER (NZ)
1999     MIGHT & POWER (NZ)
2000     SUNLINE (NZ)*
2001     SUNLINE (NZ)*
2002     SUNLINE (NZ)*
2003     NORTHERLEY
2004     LONHRO
2005     MAKYBE DIVA (GB)*
2006     MAKYBE DIVA (GB)*
2007     MISS ANDRETTI*
2008     WEEKEND HUSSLER
2009     SCENIC BLAST
2010     TYPHOON TRACY*
2011     BLACK CAVIAR*
2012     BLACK CAVIAR*
2013     BLACK CAVIAR*
2014     LANKAN RUPEE
2015
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« 2015-Apr-28, 02:00 AM Reply #17 »
Wow. This is just staggering. Wonderful work.

I hope it gets in front of as many people as the work deserves.

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« 2015-Apr-28, 05:44 AM Reply #18 »
Thanks vamps,

This is just a draft.  The table is too complicated to post to the forum.  Even posting that rough list was a nightmare.  The table is still under construction but it is best viewed at its source -

http://horsesoftheyears.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_30.html

Each year on the table links to a season summary page, and most of the horses link to their individual profile page which features their picture, pedigree, principal wins and in most cases their complete racing record.  

I have beavering away at this project for some time now, summarizing each season and compiling the profiles and racing records of each seasons leading horses.  I have finally reached the point where I can marry up my 'retrospective' to the official horse of the year awards and produce, perhaps for the first time a continuous list, season by season, of the Horses of the Years since 1840/41.

The table is a rough draft but now I have completed the research I can begin to fine tune it.  

Several of the provisional retro HOTYs will change yet.  Originally I was more concerned that all the important horses got a gurnsey and took some liberties to elevate certain horses into the list rather than strictly applying Horse of the Year criteria but I have since decided that I need to play it straight and make it as accurate as possible.

It is all a matter of opinion of course but I have tried to be as objective as possible and avoid making too many assumptions. Some seasons are easy, others need to be studied closely to make an informed choice.

I am in touch with another gent who is working on a similar project for a bloodstock magazine and I am keen to compare my list to his.  We have discussed several seasons and we seem to concur on most things.  I am keen to hear any opinions about the list especially if you have an opinion different to my own.

I am nowhere near finished.  I have a To Do list that goes on forever but bringing the project forward to 1968 is a major milestone as the Horses of the Years list was one of my principal objectives.  I will probably linger over it for a while and attend to some of the 'To do's' before pressing on from 1968 next season.

And PP7, timw, pwa and brian mc - I couldn't have got this far without you.
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« 2015-Apr-29, 01:44 PM Reply #19 »
The provisional Horse For All Seasons Horses of the Year table is completed with 2 and 3YO categories added  http://horsesoftheyears.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_30.html

There is an explanation of how the table was compiled at http://horsesoftheyears.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-horses-of-years-table-1840-to-2014.html

It is provisional because I still have some contentious seasons to revisit but it is pretty firm.

I am not entirely happy with some of the selections but generally I am happier with the selections I have made 1840 to 1968 than I am with some of those made by the 'official' panel 1969 to 2014.


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« 2015-Apr-29, 03:13 PM Reply #20 »
Some multiples and analysis

Horses considered to have won HOTY titles at 2 years, 3 years and as an older horse :
CHESTER
AJAX
SKY HIGH
MANIKATO

Multiple HOTY winners (+ 2&3yo awards)

JORROCKS (7)*

CARBINE (3) +1
PHAR LAP (3) +1
TULLOCH (3) +1
SUNLINE (3) +1
BLACK CAVIAR (3)

COSSACK (2) +1
SPORTSMAN (2)*
VENO (2)*
ARCHER (2)*
THE BARB (2) +1
CHESTER (2) +2*
LA CARABINE (2)*
WAKEFUL (2)
GLOAMING (2) +1
EURYTHMIC (2)
PETER PAN (2) +1
BEAU VITE (2)*
BERNBOROUGH (2)
MIGHT & POWER (2)
MAKYBE DIVA (2)

Mares considered HOTY

BLUE BONNET
ZOE
LURLINE
AURARIA
LA CARABINE (2)
WAKEFUL(2)
GLADSOME
LADY WALLACE
CARLITA
CUDDLE
TRANQUIL STAR
TEA ROSE
WENONA GIRL
LIGHT FINGERS
LEILANI
SURROUND
MAYBE MAHAL
ROSE OF KINGSTON
EMANCIPATION
BOUNDING AWAY
RESEARCH
LET'S ELOPE
SUNLINE (3)
MAKYBE DIVA (2)
MISS ANDRETTI
TYPHOON TRACY
BLACK CAVIAR (3)

3yos considered HOTY

THE BARB
FIREWORKS
RICHMOND
BRISEIS
CHESTER
GRAND FLANEUR
WHEATEAR
NAVIGATOR
MARTINI HENRI
TRIDENT
ABERCORN
CARBINE
CAMOOLA
THE HARVESTER
WALLACE
NEWHAVEN
AMBERITE
LORD CARDIGAN
LADY WALLACE
POSEIDON
MOUNTAIN KING
PRINCE FOOTE
PATROBAS
GLOAMING
PHAR LAP
PETER PAN
TEA ROSE
DELTA
TULLOCH
VAIN
GAY ICARUS
DAYANA
TAJ ROSSI
SURROUND
MANIKATO
KINGSTON TOWN
ROSE OF KINGSTON
RED ANCHOR
BEAU ZAM
RESEARCH
MAHOGANY
OCTAGONAL
WEEKEND HUSSLER

2YO's considered HOTY

WOORAK
BOUNDING AWAY

New Zealanders (who began their racing careers in NZ)

STROP
ZOE
LURLINE
CARBINE
LOYALTY
GLADSOME
SOULTLINE
SASANOF
DESERT GOLD
GLOAMING
THE HAWK
LIMERICK
CUDDLE
HIGH CASTE
BEAU VITE
DALRAY
RISING FAST
REDCRAZE
EVEN STEVENS
BONECRUSHER
LET'S ELOPE
VEANDERCROSS
SUNLINE

Imports (who began their racing careers outside Australasia)

ALMAARAD
JEUNE

HOTYs to have sired a HOTY

CHESTER (Camoola)
CARBINE (Wallace, Amberite, La Carabine (2))
WALLACE (Lady Wallace, Trafalgar)
HEROIC (Ajax
WINDBAG (Chatham)
OCTAGONAL (Lonhro)

Some Champions that were never considered HOTY

DULCIFY (HOF)
AMOUNIS (HOF)
TAKEOVER TARGET (HOF)
SO YOU THINK
SUPER IMPOSE (HOF)
MANFRED
TODMAN (HOF)
FLIGHT (HOF)
HALL MARK
SCHILLACI

and others
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« 2015-May-13, 10:24 PM Reply #21 »
Hi Tontonan,
I seem to remember your moniker from another forum!
Gosh, what an impressive project.
Although I have no inclination to go down your path I might be able to help in some areas.
I am at a crossroad with all the books and magazines and other items I have on horseracing and will soon be selling some on Ebay, Gumtree or by garage sale.
A few could be up your alley.
Is it worth having a chat.
I am not sure if I can contact you offline through this forum?
Roman Koz

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« 2015-May-13, 11:07 PM Reply #22 »
Hello Roman,

I have sent you a PM.

You have given me cause to reflect on just when I started with all this - Ausrace, 2001 ?  Blimey, that was a while ago.

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« 2015-May-14, 01:42 AM Reply #23 »
Tontonan,

Have you bin dancin since then?

An old favourite of yours.

Fours

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« 2015-May-14, 02:57 AM Reply #24 »
She sure was. 'The Sunline of the Bush'.

I was into the horse watching caper back then and doing very nicely out of it too.  I was absolutely red hot - I even walked away with a $5000 prize from the VRC Spring Tipping Competition.(Varsilayos - you legend).   Couldn't do a thing wrong.  

I even had shares in a couple and they were winning (at Mt Gambier and Echuca... but they were winning).

One day I went to Cranbourne to see my slow horse and beheld Bin Dancin'.  It was love at first sight.  A great hulking mare she was but she danced across the turf like a sprite. She beat my slow horse a long way.  I followed her up to Seymour and she absolutely blew them away.  Then Ballarat. Then Kilmore. I was a believer. She was 10/1 in some Newmarket charts - but she started making a noise ... and she looked bad... the white light that was around her had dimmed to a dark aura... and she ran like a busted arse.  I was devestated. There was a wind operation.  It didn't work.  My champion mare, the bolter from the blue, was reduced to a big hack.

I kept following her.  She produced a filly, a weak little thing called Star Bint who tried and won a couple of low grade races from a lot of starts.  

I was in touch with her owner/trainers even after they moved to Darwin, then Malaysia.  Greg and Kathy Hughes.  They were good people and had an incredible knack for finding a horse on a budget.  Others of theirs I followed religiously were Candy Vale and Pretty Penny.  Penny has been a wonderful broodmare - she is the dam of Sertorius, and the ill fated Clifton Red, the extremely frustrating I Am Titanium and another good filly called Fortune of War.

And it all started with big Bin'.  I still rate her.  She could have bin anything.


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