Horsey Who’s-Who

Jockey Damien Oliver riding Glass Harmonium

Keen to impress at the track? Drop a few of these famous equine names.

Black Caviar

Few won’t have heard of the fastest horse in Australian history, her 25 unbeaten starts and her triumphant trip to Royal Ascot – but for future reference, it’s also worth keeping an eye on Black Caviar’s progeny now she’s retired from the track and a fulltime mum. Her firstborn, a filly called Oscietra, is about to start her racing training. Coming up behind is a colt, with bub number three due in spring 2016.

Makybe Diva

The legendary Diva won the hearts of the nation several times over by winning three Melbourne Cups in a row. The third time, in 2005, this heroic mare carried a massive 58kg. She retired that day and has since given birth to several foals. None have yet shown her extraordinary talent.

Might and Power

Rated the world’s best stayer in 1997 when he won the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double, this fella smashed records throughout his career, and was the first reigning Melbourne Cup winner since Phar Lap (1931) to win the Cox Plate. Now enjoying a tranquil retirement at Living Legends retirement home for horses in Melbourne, this fella loved to lead from the front and was the only horse ever to have done so in both races of that famous cups double.

Redoute’s Choice

Here’s a name to drop to show you know your bloodlines. Ask a racehorse ‘who’s your daddy,’ and if it’s Redoute’s Choice, put money on them fast. While he was no slouch in his brief track career, this champion sire has found his real calling as a father since retirement in 2000, producing over 100 stakeswinners including group one achievers such as Miss Finland, Snitzel and Lotteria. Some of his sons – including Snitzel – have gone on to become super-sires too, and his grandsons and granddaughters are names to watch on the track. His name on a horse’s pedigree is always good news.

Phar Lap

Those two words are really all you need. They stand for horse racing excellence. The almost mythical status of this big chestnut horse who ruled the world from 1929 to 1932 was earned not just by his prowess as a stayer on the track – he pounded to victory in the nation’s biggest races carrying massive weights of up to 65kg – but by the way he lifted the nation’s spirits during the great depression. The Elvis of the horseracing world, he also sadly died too soon, under suspicious circumstances.

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