HORSE PROFILE A-Z
Archer was foaled in 1856 near Nowra, NSW. He was trained by prominent
trainer Etienne de Mestre. To race in Melbourne Archer had to walk 500 miles as there as
no rail link between Sydney and Melbourne. Archer has the privilege of being the winner of
the first Melbourne Cup held in 1861.On the very next day he won the Melbourne Town Plate
over two miles. Archer also won the second Melbourne Cup in 1862 by ten lengths with a
weight of 10st 2lb, making him one of only four horses to win two Melbourne Cups. He won
may races in Melbourne and Sydney.
Breeding: foaled 1863, black colt, Sire: Sir Hercules,
Dam: Fair Ellen
Foaled in 1863 near Bathurst, west of Sydney, The Barb
was sold as a yearling for 200 guineas to John Tait a leading owner in
NSW. The horse was highly strung and at his first appearance he threw
off his rider and bolted. Because of behaviour like this The Barb became
known as the "Black Demon".
Breeding: colt foaled at Narrung Stud,
In the mid 1960s Tobin Bronze was an exceptional middle-distance and
weight-for-age runner. He won four of his seven starts as a two-year-old.
In 1965 as a three-year-old he came second in the Caulfield Guineas and
first in the Victoria Derby. Tobin Bronze won a succession of major weight-for-age
races in 1966 including the J.J. Liston Stakes, Craiglee Stakes, Underwood
Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes and W.S. Cox Plate. In 1967
he again won the W.S. Cox Plate, as well as the Doncaster Handicap carrying
9st 5lb (59.5 kg.) and the Caulfield Cup against Red Handed carrying 9st
10lb (61.5 kg) .
Breeding: foaled 1886, bay colt, Sire: Musket, Dam:
Carbine was foaled in New Zealand in 1885. Mr Dan O'Brien bought
the bay colt as a yearling and named him Carbine. He won his first race easily
despite missing the start. As a two year old he won all of his five starts. Carbine
was sent to Australia in the spring of 1888 but he was beaten at his first start in the
Victoria Derby. He won his next two starts.
Breeding: foaled 1975, bay gelding, Sire: Decies,
Dam: Sweet Candy
In his short career Dulcify won 10 races from 21 starts. At his sixth
start he won the VRC Derby. Returning from a spell Dulcify won the VRC Cup galloping from
the back of the field to finish before Manikato and the Family Man. Next he won the STC
Rosehill Stakes and was beaten in the weight-for-age STC Tancred Stakes. Dulcify won the
AJC Derby, his last race as a three-year-old when jockey Brent Thomson successfully
protested against Double Century who came in first.
Breeding: foaled 1915, Sire: The Welkin, Dam: Light
Gloaming was bred at a Melton Stud, Victoria by E E C
Clarke. He was bought for 230 guineas by G D Greenwood. Because he developed
a shin soreness Gloaming did not race as a two-year-old. His remarkable
career started in 1918 when he won his first race as a three-year-old
the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. Gloaming won the AJC Derby, New Zealand
Derby and the Northern Derby as well as numerous weight-for-age races.
In 1922 he had many clashes with his rival Beauford. Gloaming was beaten
by 3/4 length by Beauford in the Chelmsford Stakes but he won the Hill
Stakes by 1.25 lengths. At their next meeting Beauford took the Spring
Stakes and Gloaming won their last encounter the Craven Plate by 3 lengths.
In 1925 Gloaming ran his last race the Ormond Gold Cup at Hastings against
The Hawk winning by 1 length.
Breeding: colt foaled at Arrowfield Stud,
Heroic was one of the great race horses of his time winning 21 races
at distances from five furlongs to two miles. He won his first race in
1923, the AJC Breeders Plate, adding the Gwyn Nursery, Maribyrnong
Plate, Alma Stakes, Ascot Vale Stakes and Champagne Stakes to this very
successful two-year-old season. At the age of three Heroic won the Chelmsford
Stakes beating Gloaming, the AJC Derby and the Caulfield Guineas. As a
four-year-old he added the Memsie Stakes, the Caulfield Stakes and the
Newmarket Handicap to his record. In the spring of 1926 and the autumn
of 1927 Heroic competed against the best horses in the country winning
six major races including the W.S. Cox Plate. He easily won the Kings
Plate over 2 miles.
Breeding: colt foaled in 1979 at Calstock
Malua was a champion galloper racing from three and a half furlongs to
three and a quarter miles against many great horses. He won his first
major race the Newmarket Handicap in 1884 in record time, from a field
of 31 horses. Malua won the first Oakleigh Plate carrying 9st7lb (60.5
kg). After traveling to South Australia he won the Adelaide Cup over 13
furlongs. In the spring of 1884 Malua added the AJC Spring Stakes, the
Melbourne Stakes (later Mackinnon Stakes), and the Melbourne Cup to his
record. Just two days later, he came second by a head in the Flying Stakes
over 6 furlongs. Malua won the Australian Cup over two and a quarter miles
a six year old.
Breeding: foaled 1975, chestnut colt,
Sire: Manihi, Dam: Markato
Manikato was a big gelding and the premier sprinter of his time. He showed
his great racing ability right from the start of his career. First trained
by Bon Hoysted and later by his brother Bob Manikato won 29 races of his
47 starts and was second nine times. He won 12 Group 1 races, an amazing
five successive William Reid Stakes and four Futurity Stakes bringing
his earnings to $1,154,210.
Breeding: foaled 1929, chestnut colt, Sire: Pantheon,
Peter Pan was bread by R R Dangar. He was a tall, beautiful
horse with a light chestnut colour and a sliver mane and tail. He began
his career as a two-year-old having one unsuccessful start. He dead-heated
at his first start as a three-year-old in a Novice Maiden race at Warwick
Farm. In 1932 Peter Pan won the Hill Stakes and the AJC Derby. He finished
fourth in the Caulfield Cup and went on winning the Melbourne Stakes and
the Melbourne Cup despite almost falling during the race. Returning from
a spell he won the Randwick Stakes, the AJC St Leger, the Cumberland Plate
and the AJC Plate.
Breeding: colt foaled 1949, New Zealand,
Sire: Alonzo (GB), Dam: Faser (NZ)
Rising Fast was one of the greatest gallopers ever to race in Australia. In 1954 he won seven successive races including five Group 1races. Rising Fast became the only horse to win the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup in the same year.
Breeding: colt foaled at Stockwell Stud,
Vain started his spectacular career as one of Australias greatest
sprinters as a two-year-old. In Melbourne in 1968 he won the Debutant
Stakes and Maribyrnong Plate in spring and the Merson Cooper Stakes and
Sires Produce Stakes in the autumn.
Breeding: foaled 1896, Sire: Trenton, Dam: Insomnia
Wakeful began her racing career as a four-year-old. At her third start
she won the Oakleigh Plate followed by the Newmarket Handicap and the Doncaster. She
finished third in the Sydney Cup. Later she won the same race carrying 60.5 kilograms, a
record weight for a mare. In 1903 she finished second in the Melbourne Cup carrying 63.5
kilograms. She also won 19 weight-for-age races.