racing legends, both human and equine, will be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of
Fame at the Australian Racing Champions night in Melbourne tonight.
Not being as experienced as most racing journalists in Australia, I
may have trouble heading back in time, but I have undertook quite a bit of study over the
past few months.
A panel of judges from around Australia have debated a
number of names in recent times before finalising their inductees for 2002.
Already in the hall of fame are names like Tommy Smith,
Bart Cummings, Colin Hayes, Jack Holt, Carbine, Phar Lap, Bernborough, Kingston Town, Roy
Higgins, Darby Munro, Scobie Breasley, Tulloch, the Thompson family, Banjo Patterson,
James Scobie, Bill Collins, Tom Hales, Sir Chester Manifold, George Moore and Sir Adrian
My five horses are a very diverse group. From one of the
greatest sprinters of our time to the most versatile galloper to have ever raced in the
country. Also included is the most influential sire in Australia's history, one of our
toughest stayers and the mightiest female galloper of the early days.
The trainers include a master of the jumps, a wizard of the
stayers and legends from today and yesterday.
Special mentions to: Super Impose, Grand
Flaneur, Archer, Tobin Bronze, Let's Elope, Amounis, Gloaming, Vain, Octagonal, Rain
Lover, Rising Fast, Chatham, Ajax, Might and Power, Rubiton, Poseidon, The Barb, Heroic,
Artilleryman, Matrice, Bonecrusher, Surround, Dulcify, Todman, Sky High, Rancher, Better
Loosen Up, Saintly, Wenona Girl, Century, Better Boy, Comic Court, Bounding Away, Flight,
Galilee, Gunsynd, Lord, Light Fingers, Redcraze, Hydrogen, Schillaci, Eurythmic,
Emancipation and Tie the Knot.
To be considered when retired: Sunline
Special mentions to: Mick Dittman,
Damien Oliver, John Letts, Pat Glennon, Jim Johnson, Bill Williamson, Kevin Langby, Frank
Dempsey, Athol Mulley, Jack Purtell, Harry White, Shane Dye, Darren Beadman, Gary
Willetts, Harold Badger and Brent Thomsen.
Etienne de Mestre
Special mentions to: Lee Freedman,
John Hawkes, Walter Hickenbotham, Maurice McCarten, Brian Mayfield-Smith, John Tait, Frank
McGrath and Theo Green.
The Wootton family
The Hayes family (Lindsay Park)
The Kelly family (Newhaven Park)
Adam Lindsay Gordon
Special mentions to: The Ingham
brothers (Woodlands Stud), Bert Bryant, John Tapp, Ken Howard, Joe Thompson, Joe Brown and
the Cox family.
The five inductees from each group will be announced
this evening and they will be posted on Cyberhorse moments later.