The Wootton Family
Acknowledge: “Lillye on Legends” by Bert Lillye AJC Racing Calendar, December 1991
Featured Image: The Wootton Family
History suggests ……… A Racing Relationship Without Peer
Australian Racing has spawned some fascinating father and son relationships … names that spring to mind almost without thought.
Those great Racing Families – some not far removed from dynasties – whose names become household words; particularly in the days when sentiment was not obfuscated by the now all-important TAB numerals.
Has any father and son combination been more popular with the racegoer in general than champion jockeys Bill and Peter Cook who between then won four Melbourne Cups?
The Paytens were a renowned family on thoroughbred expertise …. father Tom and son Bayly each enjoying for lengthy periods, the distinction of being Sydney’s champion trainer.
But there are so many others … the Kelsos, the Cracknells, the Sheans; and across the Tasman, the Didham clan who put their mark on Racing over there, also here … the McGraths, the Hoysteds and the McKennas.
But none was more successful – or colourful – than the mighty Munros!
Father Munro won the 1901 Melbourne Cup with Revenue, stablemate of wonder mare Wakeful which he saddled for the race.
Hugh sired the champion jockeys James and David (“Darby”) Hugh whose deeds put the formidable Kuhn jockey brothers to shame: which says a lot.
Jim Munro won the Melbourne Cup on Windbag and Statesman and rode every champion of the era; while Darby won the Cup on Peter Pan, Sirius and Russia; also placings on Maikai and Beau Vite.
And more recently, we have the Cummings triumvirate … James, James Bartholomew, and Antony James; “Bart”, the middle pin, carving up the Melbourne Cup like no other., making our greatest race his own!
Hard on the Cummings clan’s heels are Colin Hayes and his sons Peter and David; the last-named making a bold bid to have the initials “LP” stand for “long-playing” as much as “Lyndsay Park”.
My apologies to those great Racing families I have omitted; but the above is sufficient to underline my point.
Dare I suggest that not one of the father and son combinations listed above achieved quiet as much as the Wootton family … father Richard and his sons Frank and Stanley?