Thoroughbreds »2012 Nominees
Horses1. Blue Spec (1890s/1900s)
Until 1984 he was the only galloper from WA to win a Melbourne Cup and when he won the race it was in race record time. Before going to Victoria he had won a Kalgoorlie Cup and a Perth Cup and in 1905 won the Moonee Valley Cup. In 1907 Blue Spec won the 2000m Helena Vale Cup carrying 10 stone, the winning stake was 130 sovereigns.
2. Raconteur (1950s)
One of the State's most versatile gallopers during the 1950's, Raconteur won the Winterbottom Stakes and the WATC Derby in the same year. In 1953 he won the Perth Cup. Later that year he won the AJC Villier's Stakes in Sydney and in 1955, the C M Lloyd Stakes in Melbourne. Raconteur was a son of Remarc and at the end of his racing career he became on of the State's leading sires, producing progeny with his same exceptional trademark versatility.
3. Nicopolis (1960s)
A versatile stallion who won the WATC Sires Produce Stakes as a 2yo before winning the Western Australian Derby over 2400m in his 3yo season and then the state's foremost sprint race, the Winterbottom Stakes. He won his last seven starts in Western Australia and his first two starts in Victoria in a nine race winning streak. In Victoria he won the 1963 and 1964 Toorak Handicaps at Group One level as well as the JJ Liston Stakes and Victoria Handicap, taking his record to ten wins at black type level. He went on to sire four stakes winners in Clarnico, Double Cop, Fathers' Day and Nicopal.
4. Ngawyni (1970s)
In 1975 Ngawyni established himself as an outstanding galloper by winning the Strickland Stakes, WA Guineas and WATC Derby. He won Group races in four States including the Moonee Valley Cup, VRC Australian Cup and a Group 1 victory in the 1977 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. A son of Zvornik, Ngawyni was one of Western Australia's favourite gallopers. After a prolific stud career, he passed away in 1998 at the age of 26.
5. Miss Andretti (2000s)
Voted Australian Champion Racehorse in 2007, starting twenty three times at group or listed level in her career to record fourteen wins. This high-class mare won five group one events, all in Victoria, after winning Western Australia's premier sprint, the Winterbottom Stakes in 2005. After achieving the 2007 Lightning Stakes and Newmarket Handicap Group One double at Flemington, the mare travelled to the Royal Ascot meeting in England to record a dominant win in the King's Stand Stakes against the best sprinters in Europe. She was retired to stud in 2008 with stakes earnings of $2.8m and has a yearling colt by top-class sprinter Exceed and Excel.
Jockeys1. RG (Bobby) Morley (1910s/1950s)
Arriving in Western Australia a young boy, Morley attracted the attention of trainer T Tighe in the Belmont district when he was delivering newspapers on horseback. Some years later he was an apprentice winning the Adelaide Cup. Soon after, he was at the top of the jockey premiership – and was there four times. He won three Perth Cups, two Railway Stakes, four WATC Derbies, a Karrakatta Plate and a string of other feature races. He later left Western Australian shores to blaze a trail to India where his winning streak continued.
2. Eric Treffone (1930s/1950s)
Rode with distinction from the early 1930's through to the mid 1950's and for many years held the record for nine WA Jockey Premierships, only recently eclipsed by Paul Harvey. His notable wins include the 1938 and 1942 Railway Stakes; 1938, 1939 and 1952 Perth Cups; 1938, 1942 and 1952 WA Derbies and the 1944 Karrakatta Plate.
3. Paul Harvey (1980s/2000s)
Affectionately nicknamed ‘the pontiff ' by punters, he has been the dominant rider in Western Australia for the past 15 years and has won twelve jockey premierships since 1995. His most notable wins include the 1998, 2001 and 2004 Railway Stakes; 1998 and 2005 WATC Derbies; 1998 Goodwood Handicap, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007 Kingston Town Classics; 2002 Australian Cup and 2004 Victoria Derby.
Trainers1. George 'King' Towton (1880s/1900s)
A larger than life character from the early days of WA racing, he is the only person to own, train and ride a Perth Cup winner. The trainer of six Perth Cups, four Derbies and at least four Railway Stakes over a ten year period, he was only 53 years old when he died in 1906.
2. Albert Jordan (1940s/1980s)
Born in Kalgoorlie in 1913 he trained gallopers in WA for over 40 years and headed the trainer's list six times between 1950 and 1972. Jordan rarely, if ever, appeared before the stewards. A flamboyant figure around race courses of WA, he became a media personality in later years. He passed away in 2005 aged 93, and his funeral was one of the biggest seen in Perth for many years.
3. Neville Parnham (1980s/present)
Coming from a well known racing family, Neville Parnham has so far won 12 Perth metropolitan trainers' premierships. He is renowned for being one of the most professional trainers with an ability for placing a horse to achieve the best result. Parnham's most recent Group 1 successes have been with Playing God, winner of the 2010 and 2011 Kingston Town Classic.
Associates1. Sir Ernest Lee Steere Snr (Born 1866)
Ernest Augustus Lee-Steere was born in 1866 and elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the Western Australian Turf Club in 1919 and then Chairman in 1920, a position he held for twenty one years until 1941. His horses won many major races, including two Caulfield Cups a Sydney Cup and Perth Cup. His famous ‘all red' colors were carried to victory by the great Western Australian champion Eurythmic, as well as Second Wind and good race mare Maple. Sir Ernest lost two sons during World War II and had his two Caulfield Cups melted down and donated the gold to the war effort. He died in 1957 aged 91 years and is the father of inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Jnr.
2. Sheila Gwynne (Born 1908)
The first woman to top the winning owners' list, she bought Indian Conquest to WA to stand alongside Raconteur, who she bred through a mare by Jolly Beggar. These two horses headed the sires' list eleven times between them and whilst she was a very outspoken woman, her opinion was always with the good of racing in mind. After her death in 1975, her stud was taken over by her daughter, Sally Oakes.
3. HG Bolton (Born 1914)
Harry Gatenby Bolton was appointed to the position of Managing Secretary of the Western Australian Turf Club in 1958. He held the position for two decades during a period of great progress for both the club and the racing industry as a whole. He brought excellent business and people skills to the position and under his leadership the WATC flourished (much to the envy of his racing peers throughout Australia). Bolton oversaw the introduction of the photo finish, new running rails and on-course closed circuit televisions at both Ascot and Belmont racecourse. The construction of the new track and then state-of-the-art grandstand at Belmont Park were among his great accomplishments. He held the position until his death in 1978.
4. Max Simmonds (Born 1936)
A Midland boy and proud of it, Max commenced his working career with The West Australian newspaper in 1953. He soon began training as a race caller under Keith Gollan and called his first race that same year. He had a lengthy apprenticeship, calling the last race of every city meeting for nearly 10 years. When Max called the Perth Cup in 2003 it was his final city race broadcast, having called a total of 42 Perth Cups. Max is a well known identity in Broome, which he loves, and visits every winter. He continues to call the Broome Cup and, to date, has 41 Broome Cup race calls to his credit.