Snitzel’s Rare Champion Sire Feat

Snitzel’s Rare Champion Sire Feat

Acknowledge: ‘Australian Thoroughbred’ compiled by Brian Russell; September 2020

Featured Image: ‘Snitzel’ at Arrowfield

I/we wish for Brian a very happy 90th birthday celebration on Sunday 20th September 2020 before his actual birthday one day later (Monday 21st September 2020). Brian has always had very good ‘gate speed’ out of the barrier in the thoroughbred information stakes!

When Arrowfield Stud’s superstar sire Snitzel captured the Champion Australian sire’s title for 2019-20, he became only the second locally bred stallion since the records began in1883-84 to claim the honour in four successive years.

The only local stallion to perform this feat previously had been the Arrowfield Stud (now Coolmore) product Heroic. Standing at Herbert Thompson’s Tarwyn Park Stud, Bylong, Heroic earned the top Australian sire honour not only in his first four seasons of representation, 1932-33, 33-34, 34-35 and 35-36, but went on to be the leading sire for seven successive seasons, a record that stood until the golden era of Danehill (USA).

Initially used here thirty years ago in a partnership with John Messara at ‘Arrowfield’, then at Jerrys Plains HV, but now Segenhoe Valley, Scone, and Ireland headquartered ‘Coolmore’, dual hemisphere used Danehill was champion sire nine times,1994-95,1995-96 and 1996-97 and then in six successive years,1999-2005.

One of the most pre-potent sires in Australian history, Danehill has elevated Australian breeding to world class level, much of it through Arrowfield contribution. In particular, four times champion Australian sire Snitzel is a grandson in male line through Redoubte’s Choice, three times champion Australian sire from use at Arrowfield. They bred the Golden Slipper winners Danzero and Flying Spur respectively, in each of Danehill’s first two crops and met with considerable success with each of them from use in their Segenhoe Valley stallion yards.

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Watkin Tench & John Nicol

Watkin Tench & John Nicol

Featured Image: Watkin Tench

Professor Tim Flannery did an excellent job in editing and introducing two original seminal digests dedicated to our earliest colonial settlement and history. Without them our collective ignorance would have been even more profound. Alan Moorehead in ‘Tha Fatal Impact’ wrote ‘about the terrible legacy of European exploration of the Pacific; a classic study of the impact of European arrival in Tahiti, Australia and to a lesser extent the Antarctic is a tale of death, destruction and ecological distortion.

http://resolutereader.blogspot.com/2011/12/alan-moorehead-fatal-impact.html

Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Botany Bay with the First Fleet in January 1788. He was in his late twenties, a captain in the marines, and on the adventure of his life. Insatiably curious, with a natural genius for storytelling, Tench wrote two enthralling accounts of the infant colony: A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay and A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson. Tench brings to life the legendary figures of Bennelong, Arabanoo and Governor Phillip, and records the voices of convicts trying to make new lives in their new country. Although not immediate the devastating ‘fatal impact’ of the Small Pox pandemic on the Camerigal and Gadigal tribes in the vicinity of Port Jackson was profound; bordering on genocide. Tench describes in detail the epicurean delight of the ‘light-horseman’; the local fish we know today as the snapper.

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Cockroaches emerge from the dark

Cockroaches emerge from the dark

See also: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/afl/covid-mistake-enough-for-a-racist-attack-on-elijah-taykor/news-story/ae5257351b98c7f5f0d2f8fc1d36c680

 

Featured Image: Elijah Taylor courtesy of ‘The Australian’

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/the-sewer-of-social-media/

Unusually for him esteemed cricket writer Peter Lalor unleashed a fiercely targeted and furiously vituperative lambaste on the ‘low life’ which emerges when personal controversy emerges on the sporting scene. Peter was commenting on the vile racism accompanying the fall from grace of 19yo Sydney Swans AFL player Elijah Taylor. His crime? He ‘concealed’ his 18yo girlfriend into his hotel room during the COVID19 crisis. How many young men might not try the same trick?

Peter Lalor writes in ‘The Australian’ Thursday 20 August 2020 under the headline ‘One Covid breach enough for cockroaches to emerge from the dark’:

“The lowest Australian life form crept back from under the couch again. Anonymous as usual. Cowardly as ever. Crawling out of the cockroach corners. Spoiling sport. Infecting social fabric. Vomiting the disease that infests their ugly type”.

An anonymous troll with a ‘fake account’ had sent Taylor a message calling him a “dirty coon” and a ‘smelly monkey”, ‘phrases so offensive you hesitate to repeat them’. Both Taylor and his delectable girlfriend Lekhani Pearce expressed genuine contrition and profound remorse although Elijah pointedly commented ‘racism really doesn’t fix anything’. He had been suspended for the rest of the season and his club fined $25,000:00.

I’ve invented my own unbridled definition: Psitacciformes twitterati. Roughly translated = “Squawking parrots”!

Chegwyn Match September 1978

Chegwyn Match September 1978

Featured Image: Acknowledge ‘A History of the Upper Hunter District Cricket Association 1894 – 2013 written by Lindsay Wood OAM

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/jack-chegwyns-xi-scone-1957/

I wrote earlier of the Jack Chegwyn Xi @ Scone in 1957 (see above). There was return visit in 1978 promulgated in part by my very good friend Bruce Shepherd who played in the 1957 match. See featured image.

The Upper Hunter received another visit from a Chegwyn XI prior to the start of the 1978 – 1979 season.

Back in May 1978 the offer of a visit negotiated by Bruce Shepherd had been “regretfully” declined as it was considered that the only available date would have clashed with the Rugby League grand final and it was felt that “very little interest” would be shown in the Chegwyn match.

However, apparently there was a change of opinion and two one day matches were arraged to be played on the 16th and 17th September at Aberdeen.

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The Rise and Rise of Country Racing in NSW

The Rise and Rise of Country Racing in NSW

See: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-13/rise-and-rise-of-horse-racing-in-country-nsw/12540542

Featured Image: Scone Race Club provided by Scone Race Club.

See also: https://sconeraceclub.com.au/brand-heritage/

My good friend Mike Pritchard put together a very positive cornucopia of commentators on NSW Country Racing for his morning breakfast programme on ABC Radio 1044 Muswellbrook. I was honoured to be the historical ‘starter’. See URL above. My contribution was concatenated to an overall purview about the introduction of TAB betting since the 1960s and its impact on prizemoney. Trainer Brett Cavanaugh, jockey Mikayla Weir and leviathan John Messara improved the programme!

Key points:

  • Country racing has been the launching pad for many of Australia’s top jockeys and trainers
  • Before prize money increases in 2012, many country race clubs in NSW were struggling to survive
  • The money has attracted new trainers and owners, as well as a younger generation of racegoers

A gathering of prominent country racing identities many years ago were told by Bob Dawbarn, an icon of NSW racing, that the sport was all about three things: betting, betting and betting.

Not much has changed, except now there is a greater portion of betting turnover finding its way into the industry.

Annual prize money for country racing in NSW is more than $81 million, an increase of $48 million from 2012.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPnJM3zWfUo

This all happened just over fifty years ago. Noel Coward first articulated the concept and did very well out of it. Me: not quite so well. I’m a Ten Pound Pom. The first week end after I arrived in Australia following an arduous, horrendous, exacting but equally exciting journey I decided to take a walk. It was Sunday. There wasn’t much to do. I hadn’t been to church. I really didn’t know anyone. My hospitable host family needed time to themselves. It was a warm, ‘even-hot-for-a-Pom’ day in mid-October. On rare days like this in the old dart it was an opportunity not to be missed. Late morning I set off for Flat Rock perhaps then and now Scone’s premier look out and best kept secret. I didn’t even wear a hat. I haven’t been without one ever since. Mr and Mrs Bain were bemused but supportive. They were both immigrants themselves. What they knew but I didn’t was that no-one voluntarily ‘went for walks’ in rural Australia; all except parvenu arriviste Poms that is. Worse still I was pallid, fair complexioned and naïve. Hatless but hirsute I determinedly defied the midday sun. I was mildly surprised to have the purview entirely to myself. In those days one didn’t even carry a water bottle. No-one had told me. ‘Cool’ eye shades were a generation away. Florid, panting but triumphant I returned to base. I was fitter then. The Bain family were ostensibly relieved to have me back. Their nine and ten year old daughters must have wondered what sort of odd ball was staying at their house. They were agreeably polite. Little did they know what was later confirmed.

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David Ronald Hamilton Macintyre

David Ronald Hamilton Macintyre

See also: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/3445313/obituary-david-ronald-hamilton-macintyre/

Featured Image: Courtesy of the Newcastle Herald & the Scone Advocate

MANY in agriculture mourned the passing of David Macintyre, of ‘‘Halloween’’,   Scone, on August 30, after a long illness.

He was the son of Captain David Hamilton Macintyre, ‘‘Kayuga’’, Muswellbrook, and Di (nee Moore), of England.

Born in the house at Kayuga, he was the youngest of three, with elder siblings Susan and Bridget (Bud). Mr Macintyre attended Kayuga Public School, Tudor House and The King’s School, graduating in 1942.

Mr Macintyre married Susie Scales, ‘‘Inveraray’’, Cassilis, in 1961.

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Nicki Bishop: Olympic Athlete

Nicki Bishop: Olympic Athlete

Featured Image: Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society; Federation Publication No. 4; “The Way We Were; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001; By Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikki_Bishop

Nicki Bishop (Atlanta 1996) is yet another Upper Hunter ‘local’ who excelled in her chosen equestrian sport at Olympic Level. Others were Laurie Morgan (Rome 1960), Bridget ‘Bud’ Macintyre/Hyem (Tokyo 1964) and Brien Cobcroft (Mexico 1968); who we ‘adopted’.

Nicki was Scone’s Australia Day Ambassador in 1997.

Scone Municipal Council: The First 50+ Years 1888 – 1933

Scone Municipal Council: The First 50+ Years 1888 – 1933

Featured Image: Scone Municipal Council 1933 & Occupants of the Mayoral Chair plus Kia Ora Stud

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/scones-first-municipal-council-1888/

Of the first elected Councillors in 1888 three were destined to occupy the Electoral Chair: Alderman Dr F C Stevenson (1888 – 1890), Alderman J J Dodd (1890 – 1893) and Alderman E Solomons (1898 – 1899). A second generation of the Dodd family also served as Mayor; Alderman A J Dodd 1920 – 1923. Four Mayors feature in the six Municipal Councillors photographed in 1933: Alderman C J Surman (1926 – 1927); Alderman B J Millard (Absent in photograph 1928 – 1930); J W Joughlin (1930 – 1934) and also Dr Oswald Barton who subsequently served two terms leading up to, and during the WWII years.

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Asser Store Scone

Nathaniel Asser and Assers Store

Featured Image: N F Asser & Sons Store in the late nineteenth century; Source the State Library of NSW

Acknowledge: Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society Newsletter; Volume 8. No 2 June 2020

Nathaniel Asser came from England in 1847, and went into partnership as Moody and Asser in the general store business, in partnership with the owner, Horatio Brett. Horatio Brett was a business man and associate of John Fairfax of „The Sydney Morning Herald.‟

The block where the store was situated had been bought by Henry Phillips in 1846 and he erected a combined store and residence, including the cellar and storage. Late in 1848 or early 1849, he sold the land to Thomas Dangar, who transferred it to Jeremiah Bryce Rundle when he couldn’t complete the purchase.

Rundle was the storekeeper at Murrurundi (then Page’s River), and a squatter on Liverpool Plains and the Namoi River. He in turn transferred the purchase to Horatio Brett, who also bought the house block opposite, where the home known as „Penshurst‟ stood.

The Scone Post Office, which was housed in a portable weatherboard building, was transferred next to the store in 1851.

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