Scone Patriotic Race Club 1941

Scone Patriotic Race Club 1941

Featured Image: St Aubins Race Track ‘hosted’ most of the war-time race meetings

Acknowledge: Harley Walden and ‘The Spirit Within’

All comparisons are odious; but they do reveal some intriguing insights! The $2 million Scone Cup meeting for 2019 is just around the corner. It was an entirely different scenario for the Scone Patriotic Race Club’s meeting on Saturday 29th November 1941. In the midst of WWII it must have been an extremely ‘patriotic’ time because meetings with a similar appellation were held at Murrurundi, Wingen, Moonan Flat, Woolooma, Stewart’s Brook, Gundy, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook, Denman and Jerry’s Plains.

The report in the Scone Advocate of the meeting is quite revealing.  There were some interesting side issues. A horse called ‘Snip’ won the feature double and owner-rider Arthur Holman rode a treble. The latter actually won four races but was relegated to second after a protest was lodged in Race 3, the 3 furlong First Class Scrubbers, by the rider of ‘Amusement’ who was placed 1st. ‘Snip’ was a star of the circuit in those days. He was at least 16 years old and by the ex-Kia Ora stallion ‘Legionnaire’ out of ‘Speedy Mag’ by Magpie. In his day he was a Randwick winner and raced as ‘Le Faire’.

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Scone Cup Reflections

Scone Cup Reflections

Featured Image: The final racetrack appearance of Gunsynd on Scone Cup Day in May 1973

I was manning the gate that day; as young committeemen were expected to do in those days. In my view this was the high point in a long association with the Scone Race Club and Scone Cup. Just after ‘Gunsynd’ had paraded a young fan left the course. He said to me; “I can die happy now I’ve seen him in the flesh. I can drive home now.” “Where’s home” I enquired? “Far North Queensland” he replied. He had driven some 2000km to be at Scone and was going straight back! We had barely enough room to fit him in! This was the largest crowd ever assembled at White Park; in my time at least. We were almost squeezing excited patrons through the gates. The very recent ‘Randwick Farewell to Winx’ recalled these memories. There are some valid comparisons.

Acknowledge: Harley Walden ‘Sixty Years of Scone Cups’ and Brain Russell Bloodstock Review

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Jerrys Plains Amateur Race Club Grassfed Meeting Saturday 3rd October 1908

Featured Image: Jerrys Plains Amateur Race Club Grassfed Meeting Saturday 3rd October 1908

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Subject Horse Racing Jerrys Plains (N.S.W.) Date16th April 1910 Sourcehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/8245329893/

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Jerrys Plains Jockey Club

Jerrys Plains Jockey Club

Featured Image: Jerrys Plains Amateur Race Club Saturday 16th April 1910

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Subject Horse Racing Jerrys Plains (N.S.W.) Date16th April 1910 Sourcehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/8245329893/

The Jerrys Plains Jockey Club held a meeting on Saturday 8th June 1946. Five races were contested comprising a Maiden (4 furlongs), Flying Handicap (6 furlongs), Restricted Handicap (5 furlongs), Charities Handicap (6 furlongs) and a Victory March Handicap of 5 furlongs. ‘Temerity’ ridden by L Duncombe won both the Flying (Race 2) and the Victory March (Race 5). It appears only about 8 or 10 horses actually competed. The names of the jockeys were Duncombe (2 wins), Thompson (2 wins), Holman, Smith and Ward (1 win). The names of the races suggest a ‘patriotic’ fervour celebrating the Allied Victory in WWII?

The Bowman family of ‘Strowan’ were very prominent locally and may well have driven all the action?

See also Jerrys Plains Amateur Race Club Grassfed Meeting in the next ‘blog’.

Anyone for Ladies Cricket?

Anyone for Ladies Cricket?

Featured Image: Ladies cricket teams from Moonan Flat and Stewarts Brook in fancy dress; acknowledge State Library of NSW Archive

I discovered this fabulous photograph while researching something else entirely about Moonan Flat and Stewarts Brook Races. It appears the erudite ladies of the district might have had better things to do while the bibulous menfolk were elsewhere racing, gambling and other pursuits; just musing?

There is no doubt the ladies of the area are innovative with the Arts having established the Moonan Mummers Ensemble?

Can anyone identify the team members plus time, place and date?

Moonan Flat Races 1941

Moonan Flat Races 1941

Featured Image: Victoria Arms Hotel, Moonan Flat. The pub was the ultimate destination for any unfinished business at the end of the day; or a last resort?

‘All Heights Racing’ Saturday 18th January 1941

The fixture held at “Cundy’s Flat”, where the course, on a well-drained and grassed flat in the bend of the Hunter, is a beautiful and safe stretch, flanked on one side by a stream and stately oaks, is a delightful setting.

The feature race was the Victoria Hotel Handicap of 3 furlongs. The winner was C M Osmond’s ‘Colleen Boy’ ridden by R Windred carrying 12 stone at 3-1 on from ‘Swift’ 2nd (9 stone) and ‘Sweet Betty’ 3rd (9 stone).

Jockey Jurd had a ‘field day’ winning on G Clark’s ‘Boomerang’, Don Smith’s ‘Jen’, Ivan White’s ‘Rainbow’ and a double on ‘Snip’ also owned by Ivan White.

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Wingen Patriotic Races 26th December 1940

Wingen Patriotic Races 26th December 1940

Acknowledge: The Scone Advocate; Friday 3rd January 1941

Featured Image: Recent Wingen Round Up including a North American

‘ring in’

Learn to expect the unexpected in Wingen! On Boxing Day 1940 the Wingen Branch of the Scone and District Patriotic Fund conducted a race meeting on a track at ‘Petwyn Vale’ which was placed at the disposal of the committee by Mr F W Croaker. Petwyn Vale is an historic estate once the property of Sir Samuel Hordern.

The meeting comprised a bill of fare of 14 races with the first race commencing at 11 o’clock. All classes were catered for and with plenty of shade trees on the ground patrons had the opportunity to make the day a picnic outing.

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Woolooma Races Monday 29th January 1940

Woolooma Races Monday 29th January 1940

Reference: The Scone Advocate, Friday February 2nd 1940; Acknowledge Harley Walden Archive

Featured Image: Cosmopolitan Hotel, Stewarts Brook where both patrons and ‘patriots’ gathered

The Annual Anniversary Day Races were again held at Woolooma Monday last, where a programme of nine races was run off. The programme opened with a First Class Scrubbers Race and resulted in a win for W McPhee’s SHOW, A Harris’ TINY filling second place.

The Opening Handicap attracted only two starters, H E Smith’s WESTERN ROSE and T Griffith’s NIPPER filling first and second places respectively.

The Second Class Scrubbers Race was won by J Caslick’s GIN from a field of four and the Woolooma Handicap was won by T Bullin’s LEO with F E Smith’s WESTERNROSE being placed.

An Approved Scrubbers Race was won by R Cone’s DANDY from a field of four and a Rough Scrubbers Race of three starters was annexed by Noel Pinkerton’s HOMING.

The Publican’s Purse resulted in a win for T Griffith’s NIPPER and Taylor’s LITTLE MARJ being placed first and second respectively.

The last race of the day, an event for Scrubbers, and one which fielded five starters, was won by J Caslick’s GEORGE.

Two bookmakers fielded on the day, and a wireless was installed by Me George Davies, to broadcast Sydney and Melbourne Races.

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Darcy Walden – a legend in his lifetime

Darcy Walden – a legend in his lifetime

Featured Image: Darcy Walden at the 1968 Royal Easter Show with the champion thoroughbred exhibit and Judge of the section Sir Brian Crowley; then Chairman of the AJC

The image presented is both apt and apposite. Darcy Walden was a showman par excellence. Brian Russell wrote an article for the Scone Horse Week Program for 1989. He describes in his inimitable fashion the background to his long association with Sledmere Stud and Darcy Walden. He recalled trying to photograph the excitable yearling filly by Parma (GB) from On Wave for Country Life Magazine.

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‘Tulloch’ makes a comeback at Scone

‘Tulloch’ makes a comeback at Scone

Featured Image: Auctioneer Neil Buffier knocks down ‘Tulloch’ for 750 guineas to T J Smith

This one would win a lot of Trivial Pursuit Quizzes!

‘The Tulloch Story’ was a documentary produced by Sky Channel personality Graham McNiece. Graham nurtured a genuine passion for the ‘real’ horse. He uncovered a Tulloch look-alike at Segenhoe, Lot 23 in the Scone sale in 1990, a bay colt by Aurealis from Sweet Miss. Scone auctioneer Neil Buffier, impeccably attired in a pin striped dark grey suit, and hat ‘knocked down’ the bay colt led by Guy Cawthorne (Segenhoe) for 750 guineas to Ray Young (Sydney) deputising as T J Smith at Trentham (NZ) yearling sales in 1956. Several dozen race day patrons appropriately attired and wearing hats of the 50s era filled in as extras.

Local trainer Phil Mcleod actually purchased Lot 23 for $2200:00. Alas the sale ring ‘ring in’ later failed to emerge as the second coming of champion Tulloch!

I must remember to ask Neil Buffier how he managed his NZ vowels while calling the bids?

Footnote: ‘Tulloch’ started 53 times for 36 wins and only one unplaced run in the 1960 Melbourne Cup. He amassed £108,293 (about $216,586) in prizemoney, a record which stood for 11 years. He was the first horse in Australia to win stake money of £100,000 ($200,000).