Breeding: foaled 1954, bay/brown colt, Sire: Khorassan,
Trainer: Tommy Smith Owner: E A Haley
Record: 53 starts 36 wins 12 seconds 4 thirds
Tulloch was foaled in 1954 by the famous Trelawaney Stud in New Zealand.
Trainer Tommy Smith bought the yearling for 750 guineas in 1956 at the Trentham Yearling
Sales. In all Tommy Smith purchased 17 colts and fillies, which he sold in Sydney without
any problems. He offered the colt to E A Haley who was impressed by the horse's breeding,
intelligence and presence despite a "swampy" back. He named him Tulloch after
the Scottish town where his mother was born.
Tulloch was the favourite at his first start as a two-year-old at Randwick in the AJC
Breeders Plate but finished second. A week later jockey George Moore rode Tulloch to
victory in the Canonbury Stakes, followed by an easy win at Caulfield in the Melbourne
Spring Carnival. He finished second in the VRC Maribyrnong Stakes and won again at
Flemington. Tulloch was beaten at his first two starts as an Autumn two-year-old. He won
the VRC Sires Produce Stakes over 7 furlongs and finished second in the Ascot Vale Stakes
a week later. Returning to Sydney he out ran his old rival Prince Darius over 7 furlongs
at Warwick Farm. He defeated him again at the AJC Sires Produce Stakes, which only had
three starters, Tulloch, Prince Darius and Todman. In the Champagne Stakes over 6 furlongs
Tulloch was beaten by Todman by six lengths. He was sent for a spell after winning the QTC
Sires Produce Stakes in Brisbane.
As a three-year-old Tulloch had 16 starts, winning 14 races and getting placed twice. With
the Warwick Stakes in August 1957 Tulloch started his enormous victories beating the best
horses in Australasia and smashing records. He beat Prince Darious in the Rosehill Guineas
over 10 furlongs and again in the 1 1/2 mile ACJ Derby by six lengths in a record time
that was held since 1929 by Phar Lap. The Caulfield Guineas and the Caulfield Cup followed
beating Mac's Amber and Sailor's Guide who later won the Washington International Stakes
in America. Mr Haley did not enter his horse at the Melbourne Cup despite being the
favourite because he would have carried too much weight. Next he won the VRC Derby by 8
lengths and also the CB Fisher Plate. In Queensland he won the QTC Derby by 7 lengths.
During a short spell in Brisbane he contracted a skin problem due to hot weather and
returned South. When he started to race again he was beaten in the St George Stakes at
Caulfield and in the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. His form improved and he finished his
three-year-old season by winning the VRC St Leger, the STC Rawson Stakes, the AJC Chipping
Norton Stakes, the AJC St Leger Stakes, the AJC All Aged Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth
During a well earned spell in April 1958 Tulloch contracted a serious stomach problem that
almost cost his life. He suffered from recurring infections and consequent weight loss for
nearly two years. When he started to race again on 12 March 1960 in the VRC Queens Plate
he amazingly won by a short head against weight-for-age performer Lord. Tulloch was unable
to continue his brilliant victories from the previous year, but he still won 14 races from
23 starts, including the MacKinnon Stakes, WS Cox Plate and the AJC Queen Elizabeth
Stakes. He ran his last race in 1961 winning the QTC Brisbane Cup by 1 3/4 lengths.
Tulloch served at stud at Mr Haley's Te Koona Stud, where he managed to produce a small
number of city winners. Tulloch died at Old Gowang.