Australia has produced some brilliant racehorses and, whilst I’m not old enough to remember some of the greats, our list includes horses from both the past and present.
5# KINGSTON TOWN
It’s hard to believe that a horse good enough to win three Cox Plates came last on his debut. However, it was probably what was missing when he returned that made the difference. The gelding won his first Cox Plate at odds of 33/1, winning a total 30 races from 41 starts, a feat which earned him an induction into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
4# Maykbe Diva
Only time will tell if any horse can replicate Maybe Diva’s record of 3 wins in the Melbourne Cup, but the magnitude of the task was brilliantly summed-up by her trainer Lou Freedman in his post-race comments, “Go find the smallest child on this course, and there will be the only example of a person who will live long enough to see that again.” She also won a Cox Plate, and amassed $14 in Prize-Money from just 15 wins in what was a 36-race career.
3# Black Caviar
It’s always hard to compare generation of horses and, whilst some will disagree with Black Caviar earning her position at number 3, the fact the brilliant mare finished her career having never once tasted defeat in 25 races is amazing. It’s even more amazing considering she was a sprinter, and the luck that most sprinters need to win just one race let alone 25 consecutive ones, including 15 Group-1s. She also won at Royal Ascot, and she did a fine job of capturing the attention of the Australian Public like few horses had done before her.
$230,000 may not be the cheapest horse bought, but it was certainly a good investment considering she has earned connection over $12,000,000 and counting. She’s now won her last 17 races, and crowds flock far and wide to see her in action. She lok sure to give her connections lots more fun before she retires, and you have to wonder how much her foals will go for if she becomes a broodmare.
1# Phar Lap
Australians Race Horse gurus universally accept that Phar Lap is still the greatest racehorse Australia has ever produced. In a time of depression, he gave the public something to smile about as went about winning 37 of his 51 races. Affectionately known as ‘Big Red’ he won a AJC Derby, a Melbourne Cup and two Cox Plates, before winning Mexico’s Agua Caliente Handicap in a record time. Sadly, he died on a private ranch in California of unknown causes.