Australian Hall of Fame honours Kiwis too

You may think it strange that the NZTBA celebrates the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. But when you consider the strong Kiwi connections many of the past, present and likely future inductees have, it's not strange at all.

Six of the first ten equine inductees were bred in New Zealand: Carbine, Phar Lap, Tulloch, Rising Fast, Might And Power and Sunline. And New Zealand-born Maurice McCarten was among the five trainers inducted in 2002. He won the Sydney premiership four times and trained champions Todman and Wenona Girl, who are both 2003 Hall Of Fame nominees.

Four Kiwi-bred horses will also be considered this year: Galilee, Let's Elope, Octagonal and Super Impose. Of the other nominees Gloaming was bred in Australia, but owned by George Greenwood and trained by Dick Mason in Christchurch, and champion Victorian trainer Lou Robertsonwas born here.

Five horses, three trainers and two jockeys, chosen from a total of forty nominations, will be admitted this year. In addition, two people chosen from a list considered, but not made public by the judges will be inducted as associates. The judging panel is: Bryan Martin (chairman), Ray Thomas, Ron Taylor, Bill Whittaker, Rod Johnson, Bob Charley, Norman Carlyon, Graham McNiece, Les Carlyon and Pat Parker.

The new members of the Hall Of Fame will be announced at a gala dinner in Adelaide on Thursday 15 May, 2003.

For information about the Hall Of Fame, inductees, nominations and the dinner please contact:
Australian Racing Hall Of Fame
P.O Box 231
Caulfield East VIC 3145
Ph: (61 3) 9257 7279
Fax: (61 3) 9571 0294
Joe McGrath, Director: joe@racinghalloffame.com.au
Web: www.racinghalloffame.com.au

2003 Australian Racing Hall of Fame Nominations
Ajax, Amounis, Beter Loosen Up, Chatham, Flight, Galilee, Gloaming, Heroic, Let's Elope, Malua, Octagonal, Peter Pan, Poseidon, Shannon, Sky High, Super Impose, Tobin Bronze, Todman, Vain, Wenona Girl

Richard Bradfield, Jack Denham, Lee Freedman, John Hawkes, Walter Hickenbotham, Jim Houlahan, Frank McGrath (Snr), Geoff Murphy, Lou Robertson, Gai Waterhouse

Edgar Britt, Billy Duncan, Pat Glennon,
Ron Hutchinson, 'Togo' Johnstone, Jack Purtell, Ron Quinton, Jack Thompson, Harry White, Bill Williamson

- Susan Archer