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Chess Star wins at The Valley

Chess Star led his rivals a merry dance when he led all the way for an impressive win at Moonee Valley, on Friday evening.

The win was appropriate as Gai Waterhouse jointly trains the colt with Adrian Bott, and she trained his sire, Fighting Sun, who remained unbeaten after just two starts.

He looked a definite Golden Slipper horse in the making, until an injury stepped in and he was forced into retirement.

This was Fighting Sun’s first city winner, and it certainly won’t be his last, his dam, Social Glow, won eight races, including the Christmas Handicap, she was a pretty handy mare and was up to listed company, leaving five winners from seven foals to race.

Chess Star 098 Jack MobileChess Star winning at Moonee Valley 

 

Fiorente has First Winner

Fiorente had his first winner when Hawkshot won impressively at Ballarat, at his first start.

He could well graduate to City Company, as he was well above those that he met on his home track.

The colt is raced by the breeders, Sun Stud; he is a bay from Rosa Perlato, a mare by Encosta de Lago.

Hawkshot is about the only serious horse to race at this stage by Fiorente, others will soon be coming through the system as we reach the few remaining months of the season.

The ability of Fiorente as a sire should not be questioned; he was a great racehorse to come off a Melbourne Cup win, and then the Australian Cup, that is the ultimate.

 

Death of a Sire

The Liston family of Three Bridges were dealt a cruel blow with the death of their sire, Unencumbered.

He had a promising career, a lightly raced horse that possessed a stack of ability; he won five of his ten starts, and just on 2 million dollars in stake earnings.

His passing is a big loss to the Victorian Breeding Industry; he covered over 500 mares in his four seasons at Three Bridges.

Replacing him will never be easy as the demand for lightly raced stallions is at a premium, he could have well been on the crest on a wave.

Unencumbered emulated his sire, Testa Rossa, a brilliant sprinter and sire, as both won the Magic Millions Classic.

 

The Birth of the Slipper

The Golden Slipper Stakes was born on a stormy night, when the fledging Sydney Turf Club was still in its infancy, several decades ago.

The committee of the S T C had visions to sponsor a prestigious race to highlight their Autumn Carnival.

The man that came up with the idea was George Ryder, who owned Woodlands Stud, and was a founding member of the Sydney Turf Club.

Ryder’s proposal was for a rich two year old race, this raised the ire of many members of the Sydney Turf Club, who thought Ryder was feathering his own nest, as he was standing a brilliant sire at the time in Newtown Wonder.

The Slipper was on an unsteady foundation for some time, surrounded by controversy, ridiculed by critics, denigrated by rival breeding factions, who accused Ryder of putting on the race to suit the progeny of his speed sire, Newtown Wonder.

It was a time for back stabbing and insults, George Ryder was disheartened, a lesser man may have quit, but that was not his style.

His forceful personality and unwavering belief that the Golden Slipper would succeed finally carried the day.

Easter 1954, saw entries were taken from 1500 broodmares who were nominated for the Golden Slipper Stakes, later 300 yearlings were entered.

In 1957 was the birth of the inaugural running of the Golden Slipper Stakes in a field of 11 runners, Todman won in record time by eight lengths, starting at 6-1 on.

The race proved an unparalleled success; it became the signature race of the Sydney Turf Club        

Todman was ridden by the late Neville Sellwood, trained by Maurice McCarten at Randwick, and owned by Stanley Wootton, and sired the great, Star Kingdom.

Star Kingdom sired five winners of the Golden Slipper,Todman , Fine and Dandy , the brothers, Sky Line and Sky High, and Magic Night.

Todman turned out a pretty good sire himself, siring Sweet Embrace and Eskimo Prince, giving Athol Mulley his second win in the race, as he also rode Sky High for Brian Crowley, Chairman of the Australian Jockey Club

George Ryder MobileGeorge Ryder with Wayne Harris, youngest jockey to win Slipper.

 

Racing remembers Maurice McCarten

Maurice McCarten was remembered and honoured with the running of the Maurice McCarten Stakes Group2, at Rosehill on Saturday

He came across from New Zealand to Sydney in 1926 to ride Limerick in the Carlingford Mile at Rosehill; it was his first ride, first winner in Australia.

Limerick soon proved he was up to the weight for age scale when defeating Pantheon, quite a few times, and also Windbag, which was no mean feat.

It was the potential that Limerick had shown as a young horse in New Zealand that encouraged McCarten to come to Sydney, he had ridden over 100 winners at that time.

Dothraki - Maurice McCarten Stks -  Roseh 17-3-18 MobileDothraki winning the Maurice McCarten Stakes 

Later he rode Ajax in the majority of his two and three year old races, winning the Rosehill and the Caulfield Guineas on the chestnut son of Heroic; however, he was committed to riding basically in Sydney so Harold Badger rode Ajax thereafter.

Ajax had won 18 races in succession under Badger, and was about to join elite company as Desert Gold and Gloaming had each won 19 races apiece, and that was more than 20 years ago.

A couple of years later in 1939 he rode in the three horse Rawson Stakes at Rosehill, Ajax was 40-1 on, ridden by Harold Badger , Spear Chief, ridden by Maurice McCarten and Allunga, a slow stayer, ridden by Darby Munro, both were at 33 -1.

Munro always considered Ajax was a corn beef champion, he could be rolled and Darby was out to prove it, he was at Ajax’s girth all the way.

Ajax had no peace in front, Munro made sure of that, Spear Chief had the last run at the pair and won by a half length.

McCarten had a unique record that is likely to stand the test of time, he won the jockey’s premiership in 1938-39 with 88 winners, and was champion trainer four times, giving way to T J Smith who won the title 33 times.

Among his best horses would have been Delta, Knave, Deep Diver, Prince Cautanld , Wenona Girl, Todman Noholme, Columnist ,Sweet Chime, he was never short of a good horse in all those years.

Maurice McCarten was a great jockey, a great trainer, and a great gentleman.

McCarten MobileNeville Sellwood alongside his mate Maurice McCarten

 

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