Digests From World Turf Writers (1950)
The following vignettes are taken directly from ‘Thoroughbreds’: The Stud Breeders’ Magazine Volume 1 Number 1: Souvenir Issue 1950. They are ‘dated’ but might still throw some light on the inexact dilemma of breeding superior thoroughbreds; even today?
Featured Image: ‘Nasrullah’ (See the article ‘Right’ below) at ‘Spendthrift’ KY
Many notable breeders of yesteryear postulated their own pet theories of ‘inheritance of ability’ in thoroughbred horses. F K ‘Darby’ Mackay posited that there was what he called an ‘Electric Spark’ factor which came through in some individuals. He was an ardent student of both Mendelian Genetics and Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’. He was the person who once challenged me with the enigmatic conundrum of ‘What Makes a Good Horse’; and conversely ‘What Makes a Horse Good’! I’ll report back later (if I ever solve the riddle).
Both Colin McAlpine (Eureka Stud) and Colin Hayes (Lyndsay Park Stud) debated the concept of the ‘Energy Gene’ which I think might have been directly analogous with Darby Mackay’s ‘Electric Spark’ factor? There is no single simple answer but the following might help?
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Vow And Declare 2019
It can still be done! Hearty congratulations to Kitchwin Hill Stud and connections.
Featured Image: Stud staff at Kitchwin Hills celebrating a ‘win for the ages’ by locally bred Vow And Declare in the 2019 Melbourne Cup
Acknowledge ‘The Scone Advocate’ Facebook
I think this is the first since Subzero in 1992? Perhaps I should leave it there?
Stanley Wootton @ Bondi
Just when you think it’s all been written and said about Stanley Wootton something seminal happens to remind you of his enduring influence. The inaugural Bondi Stakes run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 26th October 2019 was the most recent shining example. No-one tells the tale quite like Brian Russell can. The following is taken from his latest ‘Australian Thoroughbred Review’ distributed to over 5000 online subscribers.
Featured Image: Stanley Wootton at ‘Baramul’ in 1964 fully resplendent in ‘Bombay Bloomers’ which would not have been out of place at Bondi Beach (Acknowledge ‘The Star Kingdom Story’ by Peter Pring; The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney)
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At Home with the Queen’s Cup
Filed in Just In, Sports Just In by Elizabeth Flaherty October 24, 2019
Featured Image: Dr John Paradice, David Paradice and Bobbie Paradice, with the Queen’s Cup
You should read this; it’s a fabulous Scone story! I’ll leave it there. Thank you Liz Flaherty!
David Paradice was the ‘gap year jackaroo’ at Widden in the late 1970s. Owner Bim Thompson was Principal with George Asimus in charge of Stud Cattle (Santa Gertrudis). Steve Fairhall and ‘pommy jackaroo’ the Hon Henry Plumptre were the other stud staff. Stallions included Vain (1), Bletchingly (3) and Lunchtime; not a bad trifecta! The first two were both Champion Sires. I was the visiting veterinarian. They were enlightening times! David and Henry have both ‘scaled the heights’ in their own elevated stratospheres
Star Kingdom Last Link
Featured Image: Star Kingdom taking his daily exercise at ‘Baramul’
Acknowledge ‘The Star Kingdom Story’ (Thoroughbred Press) by Peter Pring
Not long after her 100th birthday in August 2019 Mrs Connie Phillips passed away ‘unheralded’ at the Strathearn Village Nursing Home (‘HammondCare’) in Scone. Mrs Phillips would have regularly witnessed the great stallion ‘strutting his stuff’ in the pristine surrounds at ‘Baramul’.
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Professor David Robert Hutchins (“Prof”) OAM BVSc, Hon DVSc, FANZCVS
Featured Image: Frontispiece of the Memorial Service Brochure @ Kingston Town Room (Level 4), Queen Elizabeth II Stand, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Friday 27th September 2019
“A Celebration of an Exceptional Life”: “Prof” Dave Hutchins
It was an epic on a herculean scale. The setting was perfect and the hospitality exquisite. Who would have expected any less? Dr Treve Williams was the erudite ever-sartorial eloquent Master of Ceremonies; perfectly cast for the role. Treve was very much on home turf only marginally handicapped by recent bilateral knee replacement surgery. It didn’t stop him performing his duties as perfect gentleman. Treve paid colossal tribute to the enormous contribution made by “Prof” to the Randwick Equine Centre (REC) following forced age-related retirement from his academic position(s). It set the scene. Daughter Mrs Hellen House and grandson Mr Lachlan House followed with passionately emotive encomiums to their respectively much beloved father and grandfather. Treve had to apply the ‘rearing bit’ to both Dr Meg Brownlow and Dr Eileen Rogan who waxed eloquently on their association with “Prof” as his ‘special girl interns’ at the Rural Veterinary Centre, Camden. His exceptional professional qualities and finely honed skills made an enormous impression on both and by default almost everyone else in the room. Current EVA President Dr Sam Nugent delivered a succinct account of “Prof’s” mammoth contribution to the Equine Veterinary Profession in Australia and elsewhere. I counted many Past Presidents of the AEVA/EVA. My main problem was putting names to faces in so many cases! It was both an honour and privilege to be there.
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Judge John Connors
Featured Image: Sunil Sharma, John Connors and Christopher Pryde at the ‘Learned Friends Professional Education Seminar in Suva, Fiji in 2015
I thought I had covered the field in ‘eminences haute’ having lived in ‘Geraldton’? I may have missed Number 1 in High Court Justice John Connors. Sarah and I purchased ‘Geraldton’ from John and Diane Connors in 1993. John’s professional career spiralled upwards an onwards from there. He had been a partner in Fitzgerald White Talbot Lawyers, Muswellbrook; itself having a long association with the property through Geraldine Fitzgerald of ‘Hennor’, Muswellbrook later Mrs J A K Shaw.
Perhaps I should raise my game?
Ex-Judge Gets New Appointment
Fiji News 16 September 2009 12:00pm
Written by Sun Fiji Newsroom:
Former High Court Justice John Connors was yesterday appointed Commissioner for the Independent Legal Services Commission.
Justice Connors’ appointment, together with former Fiji Law Society secretary Afrana Nisha as the Commission secretary, was announced yesterday by Attorney General Aiyez Sayad-Khaiyum.
Mr Sayad-Khaiyum said the appointment was historic as lawyers in Fiji wold now be subject to scrutiny by an independent body.
He said those with complaints against members of the legal fraternity had the option of filing their grievances with the Chief Registrar or directly approaching the Commission.
Dungog Jockey Club & Race Track
Featured Image: The grandstand at the Dungog Race Club track taken from the website below.
The Wirragulla Polo Club hosted an outstanding carnival at its home ground, Jock and Jenni Mackay’s ‘Tabbil’ Creek, Dungog on the week end Saturday 14/Sunday 15 September 2019.
My spouse Sarah presented the inaugural ‘Panzer Trophy’ for the champion C-Grade pony in honour of her late father Bob Mackay and his champion polo pony and sire. This was a genuine ‘home-coming’ for Sarah who was raised initially at Tabbil Creek.
It tweaked my fervent interest that the same ground also hosted the Dungog Jockey Cub Races during the later 1890s and throughout the first few decades of the 1900s. ‘Mine host’ was the inaugural pioneer John Kenneth Mackay and the next generation eponymous J K Mackay who passed away in 1949. I discovered an excellent heritage resume on a NSW government website:
This describes it all in some detail. I have plagiarized one of the photographs in my ‘Featured Image”; which I am wont to do.
Further references to Dungog Races are found in the trove reports:
Dungog Jockey Club 29 December 1894
Dungog Jockey Club 16 December 1890
Jack Chegwyn’s XI @ Scone 1957
Featured Image: ‘Invincible’ Arthur Morris was one of the many elite Test players in the Chegwyn XI. ‘Demon tweaker’ local dairy farmer John Murray bowled him ’round his legs’ on Day 2 (Sunday). How do I know? Because John told me; that’s how. Eric Hollies bowled a similar ball to Don Bradman in 1948 but couldn’t sneak one past Arthur Morris?
Towards the end of the 1956-57 cricket season Jack Chegwyn brought his country touring team to Scone.
Chegwyn was a former Randwick and NSW State player who later beca1948me Chairman of the NSWCA Country Committee and a NSW State selector. He was “cricket’s standard bearer in the bush” and for more than forty years he took his “star-studded teams” that included State and Test Players into the country to play against the locals.
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Brian Russell Relocates
Photographed farewelling Brian Russell at Merton Aged Care Village, back row Dawn Charlton, Lesley Moore, Alison Hordern and Shirley Nebaur, front – Bill McKenzie, Brian Russell and Robert Lewis
See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/brian-russell/
Brian Russell, 58 Pecks Road, North Richmond NSW 2754
Phone (02) 4571 3537 Email email@example.com AUGUST 27 2019
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