Thoroughbreds »2014 Nominees
1. Ngawyni (1970s)
One of Western Australia’s favourite gallopers, this son of Zvornik won the Strickland Stakes, WA Guineas and WATC Derby in the same year – 1975. He won Group races in four States including Group 1 victories in the 1977 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, the Moonee Valley Cup and VRC Australian Cup. He passed away in 1998 at the age of 26 after a prolific stud career.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Scenic Blast (2000s)
Scenic Blast was named the Australian Horse of the Year and Australian Champion Sprinter in 2008/09, winning 3 Group 1 races in the space of 6 months. He followed wins in the Newmarket Handicap (G1) and Lightning Stakes (G1) at Flemington in early 2009 before travelling to the UK where he won the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot in July. Scenic Blast also had a Group 3 success, winning the HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield and ran second on two occasions during the 2012 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival to Buffering and Sea Siren. His Lightning win was most memorable coming from an inside draw and storming home from second last at the halfway mark, leaving the likes of Apache Cat and Weekend Hustler in his wake. A winner of 8 races and 12 minor placings from 31 starts, Scenic Blast earned $2.122 million in prize money. He raced in 5 countries including Hong Kong, Japan and USA. 1100metres. Scenic Blast has now found a new niche in history with ‘Clyde’ becoming the first ever mascot for RWWA’s OFF THE TRACK racehorse retirement program, which was introduced in 2014.
1. 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.
2. 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
1. Albert Edmund Cockram (1890s - 1940s)
After returning from a Victorian racecourse and thoroughbred sales visit with WA Hall of Fame Inductee George Towton, Albert Cockram at the age of 25, was inspired to get involved in racing and leased a 431 acre parcel of “mosquito ridden” land at Burswood Island. After commencing un-registered race meetings, he later bought the land for ₤25,000 which soon after became known as Belmont Park and Goodwood racecourses. Whilst negotiations by the Western Australian Turf Club to purchase Belmont Park in 1920 failed, it was only after Cockram’s death in 1943 that the sale negotiations were re-opened with the administrators of his Estate and the purchase completed under the WATC Chairmanship of W J Winterbottom. Belmont Park was sold for ₤21,000, much lower than Cockram’s initial asking price of ₤75,000. Whilst Cockram enjoyed success for many years as an owner, he continued to invest in quality thoroughbred stock purchasing both stallions and mares from UK and Europe. He was a pioneer in the development of the fledgling WA breeding industry and acknowledged throughout the nation as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald in 1920 as “unquestionably one of the best judges of stock in the Commonwealth”. Cockram’s stallions Sansofine and Camelhair sired many feature race winners, with Cockram also instrumental in the purchase of Australian and WA Hall of Fame Inductee Eurythmic for owner Sir Ernest Lee Steere. Albert Cockram was also an inaugural member of the Western Australian Trotting Association Committee during its formative years after 1910, presumably important to the fledgling body as the first two years of trotting were held at Belmont Park.
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. 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.
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.