Wayne Harris II

Wayne Harris II

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“Class and Courage All The Way”: Acknowledge ‘From the Track’; NH & CC Racing News Spring 2018

Prologue

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/wayne-harris/

My initial ‘blog’ on Wayne Harris has been so popular I decided to add the following as well. I’ve totally purloined the cosmic content from the excellent Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast Horse Racing News publication: ’From the Track’; Spring 2018. At the time Wayne was riding as an apprentice I represented the Scone Race Club on this organisation. I feel justified in repeating it; otherwise it would not be publically available and ‘searchable’. Wayne is one of the truly inspirational people I have been privileged to meet in my (now) over 50 years in the thoroughbred industry in the Upper Hunter Valley. Peter Snowdon is another along with Murray Bain, George Ryder, Stanley Wootton, Reg Moses, A O Ellison, Bert Lillye and Bim Thompson to name a few others. Wayne’s career and example are cosmic. I’ll leave it to the unnamed journalist to recount the stellar tale.

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Racing Reminiscences along the Glenrock Track

Racing Reminiscences along the Glenrock Track

Featured Image: ‘Echo Flat’ racecourse at Belltrees

Gundy Races

Gundy Races 10th March 1886: See: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/18884529

By Wanderer:

To make St. Patrick’s Day as much of a holiday as possible it was decided to have a day’s racing at Gundy to celebrate the day.

A very meagre attendance saw the opening race, the Maiden Plate, 1½ miles. After a chestnut gelding run his spin of a quarter of a mile, Juan cantered away from him and won by 150 yards.

Mr. B. Houseman’s b c Juan, 6st. 11lbs. (Dodds)   1

Mr. B. Houseman’s b g Sovereign, 9st. 2lb             2

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‘Horsemen of the First Frontier (1788 – 1900) and the Serpents Legacy’

Horsemen of the First Frontier (1788 – 1900)

I have just learned (SMH 29/09/18) of the passing of my good friend Keith R Binney; late of Cremorne.

Featured Image: Front Cover of ‘Horsemen of the First Frontier (1788 – 1900) and the Serpents Legacy’

Keith left a most enduring bequest. He was the author of the seminal tome ‘Horsemen of the First Frontier (1788 – 1900) and The Serpents Legacy’. I have found this book to be perhaps the most fascinating, accurate and complete record in existence. I will leave it to another close friend and sadly departed colleague John Digby, erstwhile Keeper of the Australian Stud Book, to present the eulogy.

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Perfect Polo VI

Perfect Polo VI

Featured Image: ‘The Barbarians’

BARBARIANS

  • Cody Forsyth (NZ) 8
  • Adam Snow (USA) 8
  • Howard Hipwood (Eng.C) 9
  • Stuart McKenzie (NZ) 8

33 Goals

Two Kiwis, a Yank and a Pom; but a superb combination of rare talent

Perfect Polo V

Perfect Polo V

Featured Image: Argentina

The second game was almost an anti-climax but would rank high as maybe the second most illustrious combination ever fielded in Australia? The Invitational Match pitted Argentina versus the Barbarians

ARGENTINA

  • Peta Merlos 9
  • Bautista Heguy 8
  • Thomas Llorente 8
  • Marcus Heguy © 10

35 Goals

This team featured two further members of the incomparable Heguy cadre.

Perfect Polo IV

Perfect Polo IV

Featured Image: The Rest of the World’

Both teams featured the same combination of 3 Argentinians and 1 Mexican player. The two Mexican brothers faced one another on opposite sides. The three illustrious younger Heguy brothers were featured in ‘The Rest of the World’ side. There was much good natured banter and some speculation concerning certainty of the absolute genotype of the youngest Heguy brother Eduardo. I think even KP himself weighed in?

I have to confess I do not remember the result; but it was close.

 

REST OF THE WORLD

Memo Gracida (C)           Mexican               10 Goals               34 Years Old       Number 1

Gonzalo Heguy                 Argentinian        10 Goals               25 Years Old       Number 2

Horacio Heguy                   Argentinian        10 Goals               25 Years Old       Number 3

Eduardo Heguy                 Argentinian        10 Goals               23 Years Old       Number 4

40 Goals

Perfect Polo III

Perfect Polo III

The first game ‘The 80 Goal Challenge’ was between two perfectly matched teams of 40 goals each

Featured Image: ‘La Espadana’

Both teams featured the same combination of 3 Argentinians and 1 Mexican player. The two Mexican brothers faced one another on opposite sides. The three illustrious younger Heguy brothers were featured in ‘The Rest of the World’ side. There was much good natured banter and some speculation concerning the certainty of the absolute genotype of the youngest Heguy brother Eduardo. I think even KP himself weighed in?

I have to confess I do not remember the result; but it was close.

LA ESPADANA

Carlos Gracida                   Mexican               10 Goals               30 Years Old       Number 1

Alfonso Pieres                   Argentinian        10 Goals               37 Years Old       Number 2

Gonzalo Pieres (C)           Argentinian        10 Goals               36 Years Old       Number 3

Ernesto Trotz                     Argentinian        10 Goals               34 Years Old       Number 4

40 Goals

Perfect Polo II

The first game ‘The 80 Goal Challenge’ was between two perfectly matched teams of 40 goals each. The support match boasted an eclectic international selection of rich and rare talent.

Featured Image: The Team Sheets for the full days’ entertainment. The four teams had a combined goal rating of 148 (80 + 68). It’s doubtful if this array of talent will ever be mounted again in Australia? ‘Never say never’; but it will require another iteration of K F B Packer.

 

Perfect Polo Ia

Featured Image: Coronel Suarez ‘The Machine’ Team Sheet

Arguably the greatest team ever assembled was featured on the front page of the programme and as a prelude to this report. Was this the KP version of ‘World Series Polo’? It was certainly the great showcase for Mr Packer’s then consuming passion for the sport of Polo. He also had the grand vision and the means to bring it all about. His father (Sir) Frank Packer was also a devotee but in this area at least son exceeded father.

Perfect Polo I

Was the Polo at Mr K F B Packer’s Ellerston Station on Saturday 27th April 1991 the greatest array of combined team talent ever assembled in Australia for any single sporting event? Aficionados of Polo would indubitably say ‘Yes’. Ellerston’s No 1 Polo Ground was a fitting venue for a coruscating camarilla of such rare and rich ability. They were indeed enhanced halcyon days for the Polo cognoscenti.

Featured Image: Coronel Suarez ‘The Machine’

Arguably the greatest team ever assembled was featured on the front page of the programme and as a prelude to this report. Was this the KP version of ‘World Series Polo’?

CORONEL SUAREZ (‘The Machine): The greatest Polo Team of all time?

Alfredo Harriott    Juan Carlos Harriott       Horacio Heguy   Alberto Pedro Heguy

(Back)                   (No. 3 Captain)                  (No. 2)                  (No. 1)

This combination won an aggregate total of 70 Argentine Open Titles between them.

In the Polo world this is regarded as the absolute pinnacle.