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We Australians love our horseracing and when it comes to lauding our champion gallopers, past and present, we certainly don’t hold back.

When Crisp was recently inducted into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame, I thought I’d do a Google search to familiarise myself with his outstanding achievements both here in Australia as well as overseas. Apart from his legendary second placing behind Red Rum in the 1973 English Grand National Steeplechase, I found little else on the rest of Crisp’s career.

Unlike past champions of flat racing, jumps champions of yesteryear appear to be forgotten, and as years turn into decades, so too their memories become more distant. In my opinion, there are five jumps horses in Australia that can arguably be termed ‘Champions’ – Crisp, Redditch, Mosstrooper, Roisel and Redleap. These hugely popular horses of their day carried massive weights over towering obstacles, winning by enormous margins.

They all survived the jumps bar one, Redditch.

This blog has been set-up to remember and acknowledge the deeds of these five champions. I have spent many hundreds of hours researching and piecing together the careers of these great horses. I have listed the details of every one of their career starts over the hurdles and steeple fences with newspaper commentaries of the races, where possible. I have credited the sources of the commentaries that I’ve used. I’ve also included my own writings on events that occurred throughout their jumping careers.

This is my own small way of ensuring that these largely forgotten heroes get their identity back, and that they can be remembered and acknowledged for what they were – Champions.

The great jumpers, Winterset, Pedro's Pride, Sussex & Daimio have also been added to this blog.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Redditch



                                           Redditch
                              1928 b g: Red Dennis - Kenilworth Queen
                              Owner: Mr A Lodden Yuille
                              Mr William J. Wood (Lessee)
                              Trainer: W.F. Hoysted
                              Died: July 13 1935 aged 7       Prize money: £7,762                                 
                              Colours - W.J. Wood: Brown and white stripes, brown cap.
                              Colours - A. Lodden Yuille: Pink, Black cap.
                




Redditch (R. Inkson) in full flight
                 

                Career Highlights                      


               WON 14/10/1931 Moonee Valley: Banyule Trail Hurdle-2 miles 60yd
               WON 14/11/1931 Williamstown: Cup Hurdle 2 miles
               WON 21/05/1932 Williamstown: Kororoit Hurdle-2 miles
               WON 04/06/1932 Flemington: York Hurdle-2 miles
               WON 25/06/1932 Williamstown: Port Phillip Hurdle-2 miles
               WON 22/04/1933 Mentone: Brush Steeplechase-2 miles 1f
               WON 03/06/1933 Flemington: Hopetoun Steeplechase-2 miles ½f
               WON 08/07/1933 Flemington: Grand National steeplechase-3 miles 1f
               WON 12/08/1933 Caulfield: Australian Steeplechase-3 ½ miles
               WON 23/06/1934 Caulfield: Wanda Steeplechase-2 miles 1 ¾f
               WON 11/08/1934 Caulfield: Australian Steeplechase-3 ½ miles
               WON 22/06/1935 Caulfield: Wanda Steeplechase-2 miles 1 ¾f

               2nd 26/12/1931 Caulfield: Shoobra Hurdle-2 miles 65yds
               2nd 01/01/1932 Flemington: New Year Hurdle-2 miles
               2nd 09/07/1932 Flemington: Doutta Galla Hurdle-2 ¼ miles
               2nd 12/05/1934 Moonee Valley: Brunswick Steeplechase-2 miles
               2nd 14/07/1934 Flemington: Grand National Steeplechase-3 miles 1f
               2nd 23/03/1935 Moonee Valley: Rothwell Steeplechase-2 miles
               2nd 03/06/1935 Flemington: Prince Of Wales Steeplechase-2 ½ miles

               3rd 02/07/1932 Flemington: Grand National Hurdle-3 miles
               3rd 04/06/1934 Flemington: Prince Of Wales Steeplechase-2 ½ miles





Redditch was owned by Mr Albert Lodden Yuille, a member of the famous Yuille family, a family who, from Australia’s early colonial days were prominent in all aspects of horse-racing. It was A. Lodden Yuille’s grandfather, William Cross Yuille who founded the Australian Stud Book. When William Cross Yuille died, the Stud Book was carried on by his son Archibald Yuille who eventually sold the copyright to the VRC and AJC. In 1928 Archibald Yuille was succeeded by his son Albert Lodden Yuille as compiler of the Stud Book, a position he held up until his death in 1950.

Redditch was bred at Khancoban in the Upper Murray by Capt. Colin Chisholm, a close friend of Albert Lodden Yuille. Yuille saw Redditch as a foal at Khancoban and took a fancy to the baldy-faced youngster. When Redditch entered the ring at the 1929 Sydney yearling sales, Yuille was there, and secured his fancy for 75 guineas.
Redditch began his career in Sydney, and his two year old season there, was dismal, with six unplaced runs from as many starts. A. Lodden Yuille had an old friend, a keen horseracing man from Victoria named William J. Wood. The two friends met at a Sydney race-meeting where Yuille offered Wood the opportunity to lease Redditch with a view to developing him into a hurdler. Wood, who had always dreamed of owning a Grand National winner was happy to take a lease on Redditch and soon after, Redditch was on his way to F.W. Hoysted’s stable at Mentone in Victoria.
Wood didn’t live long enough to see his hopes for Redditch fulfilled, he died in February 1931.
His executors acknowledged his love of racing and exercised their option to continue to race Redditch.
Redditch, carrying the colours of his late owner, won his first race at Caulfield on March 26 1931, a month after Wood’s death. 



Redditch

        
          












           

                Complete Jumps Record

       27 Starts - 12 Wins 7 Seconds 2 Thirds 

                                  4YO


WON 14/10/1931 Moonee Valley: Banyule Trail Hurdle-2 miles 60yd
18 ran – 9.9 (7/1) R. Inkson
2nd Bright Prince 9.11 (8/1) S. Carroll 3rd Laniroi 10.2 (10/1) G. Dally.
2 ½ len x 7 len. Time 3:43 ¼


4th 24/10 1931 Moonee Valley: Mia Mia Hurdle-2 miles 60yds
12 ran – 9.12 (9/2F) R. Inkson
1st Coromandel 9.13 (25/1) T. Butler – 2nd King Aura 9.13 (20/1) D. Wraight
3rd Marshfield 9.2 (20/1) N. Bracken. Nk x 1 ¼ len. Time 3:41.5. (course record)



WON 14/11/1931 Williamstown: Cup Hurdle 2 miles
10 ran - 9.11 (7/1) R. Inkson
2nd Coromandel 10.8 (7/1) T. Butler – 3rd Skirmish 10.0 (10/1) L.J. Hynes.
2 lens x ½ len. Time 3:43 ¼
Just when he was going well in front after being one of the leaders from the start of the Cup Hurdle race, Prince of Samos hit heavily near the five furlong post and dropped back last.
Arfagi contested the leadership, he lost ground at every hurdle, but made it up between them until constant clouting had its effect. Coromandel was in front shortly after Prince Of Samos dropped back, but Firmeroi appeared to have her measure rounding the home turn.
Redditch who had been ridden a masterly race by R. Inkson came on the scene as the straight was entered, and went past the others to win by two lengths from Coromandel who battled it out better than Firmeroi, who tired rather badly to be beaten by Skirmish for third place.



2nd 26/12/1931 Caulfield: Shoobra Hurdle-2 miles 65yds
12 ran – 10.10 (3/1F) R. Inkson
1st Cape Borda 9.0 (8/1) A. Wise – 3rd Varquador 10.2 (7/1) T. Lynch.
1 ¼ len x 2 ½ len. Time 3:42 ½ 
Calfly and Canthus were the early leaders and piloted the field past the stands where Flavedo fell, the nearest of the others being Redditch, Firmeroi, Varquador and King Aura. The last three were Dunkeld, Skirmish and dungannon. Calfly and Canthus were together at the mile post, two lengths in front of Redditch then Firmeroi at the head of the others. Approaching the six furlong post, Cape Borda went to the front and with a half mile to go was well clear of Redditch and Calfly with Varquador and Arcadius the closest of the others.
Cape Borda was still well clear coming around the turn from Redditch and they were well clear of Arcadius with Varquador at the head of the others.
Cape Borda had a slight lead at the last hurdle and in the run home finished best to beat Redditch by a length and a quarter with Varquador two and a half lengths away third.


Redditch in action


2nd 01/01/1932 Flemington: New Year Hurdle-2 miles
10 ran – 10.13 (5/1) R. Inkson 
1st Arcadius 9.12 (12/1) T Dynon – 3rd Nar Ron 9.2 (12/1) J. Winks.
½ len x 1 ¼ len. Time 3:42 ¼ 
King Aura, Redditch and Nar Ron were the leaders at the first hurdle, where Scarlet Red pulled-up but immediately afterwards Arcadius went to the front, and, going easily led past the judge’s box from Redditch and Skirmish, then coming, Coromandel and Nar Ron, with Cape Borda last.
Arcadius led along the river side, and passing the mile post was 3 lengths clear of Redditch and Skirmish with Coromandel at the head of the others, Bright Prince being a bad last.
Coromandel fell at the next hurdle and approaching the half mile post the order was Arcadius, two lengths in front of Redditch then Skirmish and King Aura with Nar Ron at the head of the others. Arcadius still had a slight lead from Redditch entering the straight and was still in front over the last hurdle from Redditch, the nearest of the others being Nar Ron and Skirmish. In a good finish Arcadius finished best and beat Redditch by half a length with Nar Ron a length and a quarter away third.



WON 21/05/1932 Williamstown: Kororoit Hurdle-2 miles
14 ran – 11.3 (3/1) R. Inkson 
2nd Ithuriel 9.4 (6/1) H. Thompson – 3rd Firmeroi 10.10 (20/1) N. Bracken.
½ len x 2 ½ len. Time 3:43 ½ 
Flying Corn made the early running and passing the stand was just clear of Claronga, Ithuriel and Redditch. Turning out of the straight Claronga had charge but Redditch passed him near the mile post. Redditch led along the back stretch from Poidale, Claronga, Ithuriel and Epical.
Approaching the home turn Redditch was still in front from Poidale who was followed by Ithuriel, Epical Claronga and Firmeroi. Leading over the last hurdle, Redditch won by half a length from Ithuriel who was two lengths and a half in front of Firmeroi. Two lengths away came St. Magnus followed by Poidale, Claronga, Broz Boy and The Squire with Flying Corn last of the main bunch and Leandro a long way back. Epical broke his near hind fetlock and was pulled-up in the straight. He was afterwards destroyed.



WON 04/06/1932 Flemington: York Hurdle-2 miles
16 ran – 11.7 (5/2) R Inkson
2nd Bhopal 9.2 (15/1) H. Thompson – 3rd Black Devil 9.11 (10/1) J. Scarlett.
Hd x 2 ½ len. Time 3:46 ¼
Redditch leads over the last in the York Hurdle
Claronga was the first to show out and he led past the stand from Disney, Daily Mail, Redditch, Lord Darnley, King Pos and Bhopal. Along the riverside Disney had the lead and he went past the seven-furlong post just clear of Daily Mail, who was followed by Redditch, Laniroi, King Pos, Claronga, Black Devil, Bhopal, Lord Darnley and Skirmish. With three furlongs to go Redditch went to the front and he cleared the last hurdle ahead of Black Devil, Bhopal and Laniroi. At the distance Bhopal challenged Redditch and in an exciting finish Redditch won by a head. Black Devil was two lengths and a half away third. Eight lengths further back came Laniroi, followed by Poidale, Dunkeld, Skirmish, King Pos, Daily Mail, Violinist, Lord Darnley, Claronga, Ithuriel, Disney and Starissa with  Horoscope last.


WON 25/06/1932 Williamstown: Port Phillip Hurdle-2 miles
13 ran – 11.12 (6/1) R. Inkson
2nd Bay of Biscay 10.9 (6/1) T. Butler – 3rd Polygonum 9.9 (20/1) T. Butler.
2len x 2 ½ len. Time 3:44 
Ithuriel dwelt at the start and Poidale lost his rider at the first hurdle, Cockcrow and Daily Mail were the leaders passing the judge’s box the first time, where Bang Bang, Redditch, Bay of Biscay, Pitoota, Bhopal and Polygonum occupied the most forward positions of the others. Cockcrow and Bhopal fell at the hurdle near the seven-furlong post and Pitoota tripped over Bhopal. This left Daily Mail in front from Bay of Biscay, Polygonum, Redditch, Bang Bang and Ceilidh with Mosstrooper last. Bay of Biscay led round the home turn, but Redditch passed him after crossing the last hurdle and drawing away, defeated him by two lengths. Polygonum was two lengths and a half away third. Seven lengths away came Daily Mail, fourth. Then Bang Bang, Ceilidh, Mosstrooper and Ithuriel with Acceleration a long way back, last.


3rd 02/07/1932 Flemington: Grand National Hurdle-3 miles
19 ran – 11.0 (7/1) R.Inkson
1st Polygonum 9.8 (14/1) A. Fullerton – 2nd Dunkeld 9.3 (16/1) W. Sandiford.
6 len x 4 len. Time 5:45 ¾ 
St. Magnus dwelt at the start and was a clear last when the field left the straight. Claronga took up the running and led along the riverside the first time from Laniroi and Daily Mail, then coming Nauru, Redditch, Dunkeld Polygonum, Cockcrow, Nar-Ron and Ceilidh, with Makeup last. Lauirel fell near the bridge. At the end of the circuit Claronga still had charge and he went along the riverside the second time just clear of Nauru and Daily Mail. Of the others, Nar-Ron, Redditch, Alwynian, Bhopal, Cockcrow, St. Magnus, Polygonum and Dunkeld were forward. Lady Doris and Landmark were a long way back.
Claronga was still in front at the seven-furlongs where Cockcrow fell. Only half a mile remained to be covered when Ceilidh, Bhopal and Redditch began to close on the leader, while Poidale, Polygonum and Dunkeld were commencing a forward move. Polygonum went to the front on the home turn and he led over the last hurdle from Bhopal, Claronga, Redditch and Dunkeld. At the distance Polygonum was well clear, and easily defeated Dunkeld by six lengths with Redditch four lengths away third. Ceilidh was a length farther back, fourth. Then came Claronga, Bhopal (who broke down) Poidale, Nauru, Mosstrooper, Lady Doris, Daily Mail, Alwynian, Makeup, Landmark, Caramelo and St. Magnus, with Nar-Ron last.



2nd 09/07/1932 Flemington: Doutta Galla Hurdle-2 ¼ miles
6 ran – 11.12 (4/1) R.Inkson
1st Claronga 10.8 (9/2) C. Sheldon – 3rd Dunkeld 9.7 (7/2F) W. Sandiford.
2 ½ len x ½ hd. Time 4:19 ¼


Captain's Gift, Black Devil, Lanaroi and Redditch chase the leader, Claronga
Claronga immediately took up the running and he led past the stand from Black Devil, Redditch and Captain’s Gift, the Last being Dunkeld. With a mile to go Claronga still held command. He went past the abattoirs well clear of Redditch and Black Devil, then coming Laniroi and Dunkeld, with Captain’s Gift tailed-off. Claronga led into the straight, and maintaining his advantage won easily by two lengths and a half from Redditch, who defeated Dunkeld by half a head for second place. Laniroi and Black Devil were twelve lengths further back, and Captain’s Gift a bad last.

               5YO


6th 02/01/1933 Flemington: New Year Hurdle-2 miles
9 ran – 12.3 (7/1) R. Inkson 
1st Vychan 9.5 (8/1) O. Cullum – 2nd Kunama 9.3 (5/1) J. O’Dwyer
3rd Banner Boy 10.5 (12/1) D. McRae. 6 len x 2 len. Time 3:36 ¾ 
Dookie was the first to show-out, and he led past the stand from Daily Mail, Kunama, Perides, Redditch and Dark Dawn with Spear King last. Dookie was still in front at the mile post, but with six furlongs to go Perides and Dark Dawn headed him. At the half mile Perides and Dark Dawn were together two lengths in front of Banner Boy, then coming Kunama, Dookie, Redditch and Vychan. Leading round the home turn, Dark Dawn showed the way over the last hurdle to Banner Boy and Perides while Vychan and Kunama were making up ground. Vychan got to the front below the distance, and won easily by six lengths from Kunama, who defeated Banner Boy by two lengths and a half for second place. Dark Dawn was half a length away fourth, followed by Perides, Redditch, Daily Mail and Dookie with Spear King last.



5th 17/04/1933 Williamstown: Seaholm Hurdle-2 miles
7 ran 12.2 (5/1) R. Inkson 
1st Bon Haven 9.13 (5/1) T Butler - 2nd Phocis 12.6 (6/4F) A. Fullerton
3rd Warm Pie 10.5 (6/1) T. Dynon. 1 ½ len x 2 len. Time 3:42.0.



WON 22/04/1933 Mentone: Brush Steeplechase-2 miles 1f
10 ran – 12.7 (7/2) R. Inkson
2nd Trilacre 11.7 (evensF) R. Sweetnam – 3rd Tabralong 9.12 (6/1) O. Cullum.
3 lens x 10 lens Time 4:06




5th 13/05/1933 Moonee Valley: Brunswick Steeplechase-2 miles 8ch
11 ran – 12.9 (9/4F) R. Inkson
1st More Noise 9.7 (8/1) A. Fullerton – 2nd Calfly 10.3 (6/1) D. Zeally
3rd Wirrate 10.13 (5/1) H. Jackson. 2 ½ len x 4 len. Time 4:23.0 
More noise won by two lengths and a half, with four lengths between second and third. Jumna was a head away fourth, and Redditch who had stumbled when leading at the last fence, only a head further back. Scudalong was four lengths off, and at long intervals followed Worthington, Mosstrooper, Nunkumbil and Full Bias.




WON 03/06/1933 Flemington: Hopetoun Steeplechase-2 miles ½f
10 ran – 12.6 (4/1) R. Inkson
2nd Lanilda 9.10 (7/1) A. Fullerton – 3rd Jimball 9.2 (7/1) S. Warner.
4 len x 6 len. Time 4:00

Redditch and Lanilda clear the last fence ahead of Jimball
King’s Street fell at the first fence in the lane. Wirrate came down and Sir Widgee lost his rider at the next fence. Jimball was then leading, and he turned out of the straight just ahead of Lanilda, who was followed by Redditch, Precocious, Prince Flaviol and The Locker. Going along the back of the course Jimball continued in the lead from Precocious and Redditch, then coming Prince Flaviol. Lanilda and Jumna with The Locker a long way back.
Jimball led past the five-furlong mark, but Redditch and Lanilda joined him coming to the home turn. There was little between Redditch and Lanilda at the last fence, but Redditch prevailed in the run home, and won by four lengths, Lanilda defeating Jimball by six lengths for second place. Prince Flaviol was a length farther back fourth, followed by Precocious and Jumna, with The Locker a bad last.




R. Inkson




WON 08/07/1933 Flemington: Grand National steeplechase-3 miles 1f
8 ran – 12.3 (7/4F) R. Inkson
2nd The Cracksman 10.3 (7/2) T.Butler – 3rd Mosstrooper 12.3 (7/1) D. Zealley.
8 len x 5len. Time 6:05 (course record)   

Precocious leads from Shooting Boy, Redditch and The Cracksman
A good start was effected. Precocious being the first to break the line. The initial fence was taken by Precocious just ahead of Shooting Boy, who was followed by Redditch, Paris, who lost his rider, Coorong, Flavedo, Mosstrooper and The Cracksman. Racing along the back of the course, Precocious continued to set a fast pace, and he went past the abattoirs the first time three lengths ahead of Redditch, then coming Shooting Boy, Flavedo, The Cracksman, Mosstrooper and Coorong in that order.
Precocious turned into the straight the first time ahead of Shooting Boy, next coming Redditch, The Cracksman, Mosstrooper and Flavedo. At the second fence in the lane, Coorong fell, Redditch joined Precocious in the lead passing the judges box and they turned out of the straight five lengths ahead of The Cracksman, next coming Shooting Boy, Mosstrooper and Flavedo.
Going along the back stretch Flavedo, then a long way behind the others was pulled-up. With a mile to go Redditch had definite control from Precocious and The Cracksman. At the first of the abattoirs treble The Cracksman ran into second place, four lengths behind Redditch. The latter, however, easily held him, and crossing the last of the treble when Shooting Boy fell apparently had the race in his keeping.
Turning into the straight with a clear lead, Redditch, who came home full of running, won with something in hand by eight lengths from The Cracksman, who defeated Mosstrooper by five lengths for second honours. Precocious, the only other to finish was twenty lengths farther back.



F.W. Hoysted




                                                       6YO

WON 12/08/1933 Caulfield: Australian Steeplechase-3 ½ miles
9 ran – 12.13 (10/9F) R. Inkson
2nd Mosstrooper 11.11 (6/1) J. Hynes – 3rd George William 9.3 (16/1) R. McInnes.
3 len x 6 len. Time 6:54 ¾ (course record)


A mile from home in the Australian Steeple and Redditch leads Mosstrooper
Fencing brilliantly and galloping generously, Redditch has joined the select band of six horses that have won the Grand National and Australian Steeplechases in the one year, when he defeated the gallant Mosstrooper by three lengths, in time which smashed the record standing to the credit of Bang Bang, by 4 ¼ seconds. Redditch started the hottest favorite in the history of the race, and, although bookmakers offered a shade of odds against the Red Dennis gelding, patrons of the totalisator had to lay odds on.
AS the nine runners paraded before the Judges' box the favorite was the cynosure of all eyes and deserved the flattering reception he received for he was easily the best looking horse in the race, and his wonderful condition reflected great credit on his trainer, F. W. Hoysted.
The racing public did not forget the old fellow Mosstrooper, who looked only half the size when standing alongside the favorite. It was generally conceded that this event was really a match between the two top-weights, and the betting indicated this opinion as outside of these two 14-1 was on offer about the other seven runners. Long will be remembered, the fight for supremacy over the last round staged by these two great horses, and although momentarily Mosstrooper looked like overhauling the favorite with but six furlongs to go, it was patent from then on that Mr. Gus Powell's gelding was flat out and that only an accident could rob Redditch of victory. The race itself was full of incident and the casualties were many, only five of the starters completing the course. As was expected Acceleration and Daily Mail set a fast pace from barrier rise, but Redditch was with them and it was some time before Inkson was able to secure his favorite position on the rails. So they raced the first time round, with Mosstrooper a fair way back and the rest of the field well strung out. Sarocto was the first to go, he getting in too close to the last jump down the railway side.
Inkson, who had a good hold of Redditch, found the gelding eager to go, and, unable to restrain him, let him stride along. By the time the stand treble was passed the favorite had jumped himself to the front, and although Daily Mail momentarily got to the front at the seven furlong post, it was only on sufferance. Acceleration bled and was pulled up at this stage. Mosstrooper improved his position so quickly that he ran into third placing with another round of the course to go.
Entering the straight for the final round, the spectators were thrilled when Redditch and Mosstrooper cleared out from the rest of the field, with the favorite about two lengths clear of his rival, and as they raced to the stand treble, the fight was on in deadly earnest. Fencing perfectly, each cleared the three obstacles, the last of which brought about the downfall of Ancient Mariner. They raced out of the straight to the fence at the mile post where Redditch out-jumped Mosstrooper and drew out to a four lengths lead, with George William a bad third.
Coming down the railway side for the last time, backers of the favorite had a few anxious moments as the old fellow made a dash at Redditch. As they drew to the second last fence it momentarily looked as if Mosstrooper would catch the leader, but Redditch out-jumped him and going easily again out-jumped him at the last. The race was over and after leading into the straight by half a dozen lengths, Inkson stole a look round and then sat still.
Half-way down the straight Inkson again looked round and commenced to ease Redditch, who went on to win at little more than a canter by three lengths from Mosstrooper, with George William — very tired — plodding along six lengths away in third place. The last fence proved fatal to Gratify, who fell and breaking a fetlock, had to be destroyed. Inkson, who thus won his second successive National, having scored last year on Bang Bang, flushed with success and obviously pleased at the flattering reception, declared: “Redditch is the greatest horse I have ever ridden. To carry 12.13 and lead for a round and a half and then break the record is a great performance. In the early stages Acceleration and Daily Mall were hanging out and Redditch was so eager to go that, realising it is useless to pull a free goer about, I let him run along. 'Mosstrooper is a wonderful horse, but in the battle between youth and age, youth prevailed. He could not give away six years to Redditch. Redditch did not make a mistake and although he stood off a bit far at one of the stand treble, he had no difficulty in negotiating the fence.”(‘Hampton’ The Referee – 17/08/1933)




FELL 19/08/1933 Flemington: August Steeplechase-2 miles 1/2f
4 ran – 13.8 (4/9F) R. Inkson
1st Lanilda 10.11 (6/1) A. Fullerton - 2nd Sir Widgee 9.5 (10/1) N. Bracken.
2 lens. Time 4:16 ½    
The worst exhibition possible of a good horse was given by Redditch before the second abattoirs treble brought about his downfall to the dismay of those who laid cramped odds on the champion. He stifled four fences before he fell. The hunter, Blue Boy, went with the top-weight and caused bad jumping, but the inevitable happened when he unseated his rider at nine, trying to jump with the favorite. Lanilda ran past Redditch at seven, and, at the second abattoirs, fell. He reached for the fence and stood on his head catapulting Inkson from the saddle. Inkson was badly hurt with deep concussion of the brain. The skull was not broken. Lanilda was left in front and won pulling up, Fullarton making a race of it without necessity. Redditch was apparently unharmed. (The Daily News Perth 19/08/1933)

Although the fall did not injure Redditch, his rider, Robin Inkson, was not so lucky. Inkson was taken to hospital, unconscious, and was later reported to be in a serious condition. He remained unconscious at Melbourne Hospital for the best part of a week after the fall, but once he regained consciousness he was able to answer questions put to him as well as speak on his own account. His doctor said he was confident that Inkson would make a steady and complete recovery.
Robin Inkson did make a complete recovery, though his injuries kept him out of the saddle until mid-May the following year.




2nd 12/05/1934 Moonee Valley: Brunswick Steeplechase-2 miles
10 ran – 13.2 (6/1) L.J. Hynes
1st Fulham 10.3 (6/1) J. Salisbury – 3rd Greendon 9.13 (6/1) A. Fullerton.
1 ½ len x 5 len. Time 3:51 ¼ (course record) 
Fulham won the Brunswick Steeplechase of about two miles, in a time constituting a record for the course, because the distance has only been run at Moonee Valley on a few occasions.
Still it was an attractive performance. Fulham covered the distance stated in 3min. 51 ¼sec, which is ¾ sec. faster than Nauru occupied when he won a similar race on 24th March last and entitles Fulham to rank as the holder of the course records for both the steeplechase, of about two miles and the Hurdle race of about 2 miles and 60 yards. The favourite for the race was Drake, but he lost his chance when Calfly and Gravelines fell at the fence near the seven furlongs post. As Calfly fell he appeared to interfere with Drake, who lost considerable ground and suffered a severe gash under his off foreleg, apparently from one of Calfly’s hoofs. At the time of the mishap Drake appeared to have just a chance of winning, though Redditch was following Greendon so nicely that the prospects of others seemed only fair.
At the second last fence Redditch took charge from Greendon and success for the National winner seemed assured. Cheering was commencing in anticipation of his victory, but when Fulham, carrying 41lb less weight, dashed at him, Redditch gave up easily. Weight and lack of an outing were too much.Fulham won by a length and a half to Redditch with a further five lengths back to Greendon in third. Red Earl was a length away fourth, followed by Harmonic, Lord Basella and Character, Drake who had injured a foreleg, being last.



3rd 04/06/1934 Flemington: Prince Of Wales Steeplechase-2 ½ miles
7 ran – 12.7 (2/1F) R. Inkson
1st Trafallable 10.5 (9/2) F. Drummett – 2nd Precocious 10.7 (8/1) R. Sweetnam.
2 ½ len x 6 len. Time 4:52 ¼ 
At the first fence where Boy Blue fell, Redditch was in front, but Trafalable took the lead soon after and led over ‘Jumbo’ where Red Earl fell. He led over the last of the stand treble, two lengths in front of Precocious, then Redditch and Wirrate which blundered. Lanilda being last. Trafalable was still in front at the first of the riverside treble, but approaching the last of the treble, he was joined by Precocious and they were together in front just ahead of Redditch. Wirrate fell. Trafalable and Precocious were still together over the abattoirs treble, where Redditch, who blundered badly was twelve lengths behind the leaders. Precocious jumped better, and had a slight lead from Trafalable into the straight, but in the run home the lastnamed finished best, and beat Precocious by two and a half lengths with Redditch six lengths away third. Lanilda was a furlong and a half away last.



WON 23/06/1934 Caulfield: Wanda Steeplechase-2 miles 1 ¾f
7 ran - 12.12 (6/4F) L.J. Hynes
2nd The Cracksman 10.12 (8/1) D. Wraight – 3rd Widgiewa 9.5 (4/1) A. Fullerton. 
7 len x 5 len Time 4:13 ½

Redditch cruises to victory in the Wanda Steeple
Marrapu was the first to show out from Daily Mail and Gravelines. Along the back of the course the first time Marrapu continued to make the running from Gravelines, Widgiewa and The Cracksman, the last two being Redditch and Howrah. When running second at the first of the stand treble Gravelines fell. There was little between Daily Mail and The Cracksman leaving the straight, but Redditch then moved forward smartly, and with a mile to go took the lead. He was followed along the back and down the railway side by The Cracksman, next coming Marrapu, Widgiewa and Howrah. Fencing splendidly Redditch gradually increased his lead, and he crossed the last fence well clear of The Cracksman.
In the run home, Redditch easily maintained his advantage, defeating The Cracksman by seven lengths with Widgiewa five lengths away third. Ten lengths farther back came Marrapu, with Howrah next and Daily Mail last.




2nd 14/07/1934 Flemington: Grand National Steeplechase-3 miles 1f
8 ran – 12.7 (11/8F) L.J. Hynes
1st Woodlace 9.12 (7/1) A. Fullerton – 3rd Copperfield 9.7 (20/1) D. McRae.
6len x 20 len. Time 6:11 ½ 

Woodlace leads Redditch over the last in the Grand National Steeple
Ground Swell went to the front at barrier rise. The field had only gone half a furlong when Woodlace, dropping back suddenly, nearly brought Redditch down. Going along the riverside Ground Swell was in front, and he showed the way over the first fenceto Trafalable, who was followed by Copperfield, Boy Blue, Redditch, Woodlace and Precocious, with The Cracksman last. Trafalable took the lead at the third fence, but by the time the first of the abattoirs treble was reached, Boy Blue had taken charge from Ground Swell, Trafalable, Redditch, Copperfield, Woodlace and Precocious, with The Cracksman still last.
Precocious fell at the first fence in the lane, where Boy Blue was leading from Redditch, Woodlace, Trafalable, Ground Swell, Copperfield and The Cracksman. Passing the stand, Redditch jumped to the front, and he turned out of the straight just ahead of Boy Blue, who was followed by Woodlace, Trafalable, Ground Swell and Copperfield. Clearing the first of the riverside treble, Redditch had a lead of six lengths from Woodlace, but at the last of the treble, Woodlace joined him, only to jump badly and drop back several lengths. The Cracksman pulled up.
Redditch was two lengths ahead of Woodlace when he jumped the first of the abattoirs treble, twelve lengths away coming Trafalable, followed by Boy Blue Copperfield and Ground Swell. The second last fence brought down Trafalable and Boy Blue. The leader was then Woodlace, just ahead of Redditch, while Copperfield and Ground Swell were a long way back. Redditch closed on Woodlace coming to the last fence, but Woodlace went away again to win by six lengths, Copperfield being a bad third. Ground Swell, the only other to finish was six lengths further back.



       7YO


WON 11/08/1934 Caulfield: Australian Steeplechase-3 ½ miles
6 ran - 12.13 (8/13) L.J. Hynes
2nd Riawena 9.12 (8/1) D. McRae – 3rd Jack’s Jason 9.5 (7/1) R. Sweetnam.
12 len x 25 len. Time 6:53 ½ (course record) 

Redditch leads from Riawena in the Australian Steeple
After they had settled down Daily Mail and Sterling Chance were contesting the lead from Rodda, Riawena and Redditch with Jack’s Jason last. The order was the same as they went past the mile post, and at the back of the course the positions were Daily Mail, Sterling Chance, Rodda, Redditch and Riawena with Jack’s Jason tailing off. At the first of the railway treble Daily Mail had a lead of three lengths from Sterling Chance, and they were followed by Rodda, Redditch, Riawena and Jack’s Jason. Commencing the stand treble the order was Daily Mail, Rodda, Redditch, Sterling Chance, Riawena and Jack’s Jason. Redditch ran up to the leader after they had negotiated the fence in front of the stand, and on reaching the seven furlongs post the top-weight was showing the way to Rodda, Daily Mail and Riawena. The field had spread out, and coming to the railway side obstacles Jack’s Jason was fifteen lengths behind the first division, with Sterling Chance a considerable distance further away.
Coming to the turn the second time, Redditch was three lengths clear of Rodda, who was followed by Daily Mail and Riawena with Jack’s Jason next, ten lengths off. Rodda fell at the second of the stand treble. Turning out of the straight for the last round, Redditch was three lengths in advance of the field, and with a mile to go had increased his lead to five lengths from Riawena. Jack’s Jason was twenty lengths further back.
Passing the six furlongs post Redditch was travelling comfortably, eight lengths in advance of Riawena, with a gap of twenty lengths to Jack’s Jason. The other two were a long way further off.  Redditch cleared the railway treble with an advantage of ten lengths, and, landing over the last brush fence safely, was loudly applauded as he travelled along the straight. He eventually won easing up by twelve lengths from Riawena, who was twenty-five lengths in front of Jack’s Jason. Sterling Chance was fourth twenty lengths away, and Daily Mail was thirty lengths further back.
Redditch broke the course record by 1 ¼ secs and became the only horse to win the Australian Steeplechase twice in successive years.

After the race, Redditch’s rider, Jack Hynes expressed surprise that the horse had broken his own time record for the race. “Even after Redditch had covered two and a half miles he was eager to go faster” said Hynes. “And when I let him have his head he soon drew away. The race was only a good school for him.”


10/09/1934 Mentone:  Redditch was almost killed when he fell at the first fence of a morning schooling lesson. His jockey, L.J. Hynes was rushed to St. Benedict’s Private Hospital in Malvern in a critical condition, suffering severe head injuries.
Redditch misjudged the take-off, and, getting in too close to the brush fence, he struck it with terrific force, turning a somersault, and landing on his head. It was one of the worst falls ever seen at Mentone. It was thought at first that Redditch had broken his neck, as he lay unconscious on the track for around 20 minutes.  He eventually recovered somewhat, but his near foreleg and stifle were badly stripped. Redditch was led off the track in a dazed condition, it took him ten minutes to walk a furlong to the exit gate, but he soon picked up when back at his stable. Redditch was treated by Mr. S. O. Wood, Veterinary surgeon, who stitched the wound in the foreleg. He is unlikely to race for some time.

Redditch was to have run in the £1,000 Steeplechase in which he was allotted 13 st. 7lb. at Moonee Valley on Saturday and this would have been the first race in the colours of his owner Mr. A. Lodden Yuille, the lease on Redditch having expired after he had won the Australian Steeplechase last month.

Although his condition was critical when rushed to hospital, Jack Hynes made a speedy recovery from his injuries and was back in the saddle by the end of the month.


L. J. Hynes



2nd 23/03/1935 Moonee Valley: Rothwell Steeplechase-2 miles
10 ran – 13.2 (6/1) A. Fullerton
1st Royal Challenge 10.10 (7/2F) A. Armsden – 3rd Sericus 10.4 (5/1) D. Zeally.
3 ½ len x 2 ½ len. Time 3.51 (course record) 
There was loud cheering as the field of ten entered the course for the Rothwell Steeplechase. The applause was, firstly, for the reappearance of R. Inkson, who until a fall caused him serious injury was the leading cross-country rider. He was mounted on Nauru. Secondly, it was for the record-breaker of last year, Redditch.
With the lease on his great jumper now expired, Redditch was having his first start in the colours of his owner, Albert Lodden Yuille.
Royal Challenge who has won over hurdles at Moonee Valley, and was fourth in the hurdle race won by Menelik on the final day of the V.R.C. Autumn meeting, was at the head of quotations. The New-Zealander Actaeon had been solidly supported, but lost his rider at the second fence. El Damaroyal fell shortly after Philax had run to the front at the six furlongs post, and he led along the straight for the first time, but he ran very wide turning out of the straight, and most of the field swept past him.
At the mile Alkaroo was in charge from Redditch, Sericus, Royal Challenge, Nungar and Philax. Alkaroo had established a lead of four lengths at the back of the course from Sericus and Redditch, the nearest of the others being Royal Challenge. Alkaroo pecked at the second-last fence and crashed into the final obstacle. Redditch and Sericus following had to avoid him, but Royal Challenge had a clear run through, of which he took full advantage, and rushed to the front. He was two lengths clear entering the straight, Redditch courageously challenged, but hampered by his weight could not make up the leeway and finished second, three lengths and a half away. It was a ‘glorious failure’ in view of the exceptionally fine display of Royal Challenge in running the two miles in 3 minutes 51 seconds – a record for the course.



                   2nd 03/06/1935 Flemington: Prince Of Wales Steeplechase-2 ½ miles
5 ran – 12.7 (11/8F) A. Fullerton
1st Pactolus 10.8 (3/1) E. Webster – 3rd Precocious 10.12 (11/4) F. Douglas.
3 ½ len x 5 len. Time 4:55 ¾ 
Actaeon was left at the post and took no part in the race. Precocious led early and at the second fence was in charge from Redditch and Pactolus, with Prize winner four lengths further back. At the first fence in the straight, Precocious was well clear from Pactolus, followed by Redditch, with Prize Winner already tailed off. Precocious was jumping wide, but still led by two lengths from Pactolus at the first of the stand treble with Redditch two lengths and a half further off. Prize Winner was twenty lengths away. Pactolus ran up to Precocious at the third of the treble, and along the riverside Pactolus was a length clear from Redditch with Precocious close up. Shortly after, the three were racing almost on terms. Precocious again reached the front along the back, and at the first of the abattoirs treble was two lengths in front of Redditch, who appeared to strike, with Pactolus a length further back. At ‘jumbo’ Precocious had a lead of two lengths from Redditch with three lengths to Pactolus. Redditch jumped past Precocious at the last fence, with Pactolus four lengths further back. Redditch was the first into the straight, but was immediately challenged by Pactolus, and after a sharp struggle, Pactolus drew away from the top-weight to win by three lengths and a half. Precocious was five lengths further back.




WON 22/06/1935 Caulfield: Wanda Steeplechase-2 miles 1 ¾f
11 ran – 12.11 (evensF) A. Fullerton
2nd Hazward 10.3 (7/1) R. Sweetnam – 3rd Wakerife 9.3 (100/1) W. Foley.
5 len x 2 ½ len. Time 4:28 ¾ 
Shortly after the start Dilpurra was noticed in front from King Of Arms, Picador, Montargis, Hazward and Sericus, the last two being Kenjin and Redditch. At the second fence the order of the leading division was Dilpurra, Hazward, Picador and Montargis, the last now being Membo. Hazward was then taken to the front and he led from Character, Wakerife, Dilpurra, Picador, King Of Arms, Redditch, Kenjin, Sericus and Membo Attente lost his rider on the flat and Montargis pulled-up. Rounding the turn the positions were Hazward, Wakerife and Character after a gap coming Redditch, King Of Arms, Picador, Sericus, Dilpurra and Kenjin, with Membo still last.  
Hazward was in charge passing the stand from Character, Wakerife, Redditch, Kenjin, King Of Arms, Picador, Dilpurra and Sericus the last being Membo.
 Near the nine furlongs post Picador fell. At that stage Hazward was out a length in front of Wakerife followed by Redditch, Character, King Of Arms and Kenjin.
With six furlongs to go Hazward had increased his lead to two lengths from Character, then Redditch, Kenjin, Wakerife, and King Of Arms with  Membo and Sercius  a long way back. The last was now Dilpurra.

Along the railway side Redditch had run into second position behind Hazward but the latter was still three lengths clear of the favourite, the nearest of the others were Character, Kenjin, Wakerife and King Of Arms. Hazward was in charge as they rounded the bend, with Redditch now making his run, and they turned into the straight in that order. Once settled down for the run home, however, Redditch cleared away and won at his ease by five lengths from Hazward with Wakerife two lengths and a half away third. The fourth, half a length further back, was Membo, followed by Sericus, King Of Arms, Kenjin and Character, the last being Dilpurra.
                                                                  

Fell (Fatally) 13/07/1935 Flemington: Grand National Steeple-3 miles 1f
9 ran – 12.7 (7/2EF) A. Fullerton
1st Riawena 9.13 (8/1) L. Healey – 2nd Pactolus 10.7 (5/1) E. Webster
3rd Oldhome 10.5 (8/1) L.J. Hynes. Hd x 10 len Time 6:34.0

EVERYBODY was sad at Flemington on Saturday when they heard the shot which closed the career of that great steeplechaser Redditch. He fell at the last of the fences in the lane in front of the stands, and breaking a leg, had to be destroyed. He had jumped with all his old dash and brilliance until he made the fatal mistake. He made a tremendous leap at the previous fence, and it took him to the lead. He was full of life and anxious to go. That probably brought him to disaster. He got too close to the fence, hooked it, and fell. Fullarton remarked after the race that Redditch had jumped and pulled himself to the front and was going so easily that he probably "would have won by a fence." Redditch had become a great favourite with the racing public, and the crowd would have given him a wonderful reception had he won his second Grand National Steeplechase. Mr. Loddon Yullle came from Sydney to see Redditch run, and he was naturally a sad man at losing the horse, to whom he was greatly attached. Stan Pratt, who had been Redditch's strapper from the time the horse entered Hoysted's stable, was almost broken-hearted over the death of Redditch. Kipling wrote something about the folly of giving our hearts to a dog to tear, but men become quite as much attached to horses as they do to dogs, particularly horses of the Redditch type. One can readily understand Pratt's sorrow over the loss of his pet. (Chiron-The Australasian 20/07/35)


      27 Starts:  12 Wins 7 Seconds 2 Thirds 



The following is an article (part 2) in a series of 7 which was written by  former leading jumps jockey, Robin Inkson for the Adelaide Chronicle in 1936. This instalment covers Inkson’s time as Redditch’s regular rider and appeared in the August 20 Edition.





A cross-country jockey in the forefront of his profession for 14 years puts his leg across many sterling jumpers. No rider since the war has ridden such an array of champions as Bob Inkson, who for years headed the list over jumps. His fearlessness, dash and judgment made his a name that will live long in the memories of race-goers. Inkson had a following that backed his mounts with a persistency that perturbed bookmakers, but they, like punters, admired him for his artistry. When asked to name the greatest jumper he has ridden, Inkson had no hesitation in saying. "Redditch had no peer."
It might be thought that to name the best jumper out of the hundreds of good horses I have ridden would require a little deep thinking, particularly as I have had under me such noted horses as Palbi, Faithful Knight, Rakwool, Redditch, Agricola, Myownbay, Irish Rufus, Tarmoola, Sandhurst, Clan Robert, Horoscope, Roisel and dozens of others. But I have no hesitation in saying that Red- ditch had no peer as a jumper. That may appear to be a strange statement in view of his crashing twice at Flemington, the second time with fatal results. In his first fall in the August Steeplechase in 1933 I was on him. He was carrying 13.8, a weight that is likely to make the best jumper in the world make an error. He had the steadier of 12.7 when he fell with Alex Fullarton in the Grand National of 1934, and was killed. Few jumpers, however clever can get through their racing careers without falls, and occasional mistakes cannot dim the memories of their greatness on the days of their successes. So it was with Redditch. Although his career as a jumper was all too brief, he packed into it deeds that only a champion could accomplish. 
                                                
                     THRILLED HIS RIDER

Hurdles and fences were alike to Redditch, and he jumped one as confidently as the other. He regarded all obstacles with disdain, and literally walked over them with an effortless action that thrilled his rider at every jump. Redditch was truly great in every sense of the word. He had pace, and with it created records for our two big cross-country events— the Grand National Steeplechase and the Australian Steeplechase. He carried 12.3 at Flemington and 12.13 on both occasions that be won the Australian Steeple. Heavier imposts have been carried to victory in those exacting races, but Redditch covered his journeys in times that would make it appear that old timers only cantered. A high compliment was paid to Redditch in July, 1933, when at his second outing at Flemington he was made a 7 to 1 favorite for the Grand National Steeplechase with 12.3 in the saddle. He justified the confidence of the betting public by winning by eight lengths from The Cracksman and Mosstrooper, who also carried 12.3. It was one of the most pleasant rides I have had over Flemington, and I was surprised to find he had lowered Sandhurst's record by 3¾ seconds. Perhaps Redditch's win in the Hopetoun Steeple at Flemington with 12.6 at his first start over that difficult country was his most meritorious performance. I was more confident of his ability to do that task than most people. He had proved himself as nimble as a cat in previous races, jumping with the cleverness of a veteran. Of his own accord he would manoeuvre into a favorable position for a take-off at hurdles and fences, and his dodging at fallen horses and riders was uncanny. I would not hear of defeat in the Hopetoun Steeple, and with that win added to his record, I told trainer Fred Hoysted that the National Steeple was only a matter of the horse going to the post. He treated the big timber at Flemington as though they were schooling hurdles, and skimmed them without effort. It was a grand trial for the National, and bookmakers and punters seemed to be agreed on that point. It mattered not to Redditch what track he had to race on. Records of the V.A.T.C. show that he was at home over the Caulfield course. For  years horses were trying to break 7   minutes for the 3½ miles over fences there. In 1927 Roisel was credited with doing 6.59¼, but it was said that the race did not start from the correct barrier, and that they covered only about 3¼ miles. Sir Alogy registered the same figures as Roisel, and there was no doubt about the distance that year. However, I came along in 1932 on Bang Bang and made new figures by running the race In 6.59.

                   4¼ SECONDS OFF RECORD

 In 1933 I was on Redditch, and he cantered in with three lengths to spare and lowered the record to 6.54¾. A smashing performance that pleased the army of punters that made him a 10/9 favorite. A year later, with 12.13 aboard, Jack Hynes steered Redditch to victory in the same race, and made an easier job of his opponents, trotting past the post 12 lengths ahead of Riawena, lowering his own record by 11 seconds. Some might think that my regard for Redditch carries me away. If it does, what can be said of those who cheerfully laid 13 to 8 on him to win his second Australian Steeple? His record speaks for itself. Any horse with such performances to his credit is entitled to be regarded as great. I realised his greatness the first day I rode him in a hurdle race at Moonee Valley, and Fred Hoysted, his trainer, realised it before that. Hoysted predicted a future for him as a jumper the first morning he saw him jump a schooling hurdle. He tore into his job that morning as though he had been hurdling all his life. For the benefit of those who do not know, Redditch had very early claims to being a champion in the making. He won at his first starts over hurdles, brush fences and big fences. He answered every question asked him in a way that suggested he would rise to heights as a jumper. Every run was an improvement on the previous one, and I could feel him building in strength every time I got on his back. I rode him in the first hurdle in which he ran at Moonee Valley. There is a story in the dialogue that took place between Fred Hoysted and myself before that event. Getting in touch with me, Fred asked that I keep myself open for a good thing he had at the Valley. Though I scanned the entries I could not see any of the tried Hoysted horses, and thought he had secured me a mount from outside his stable.

                     HAD NEVER STARTED

 I went to Moonee Valley, where Fred told me my hurdle mount was one of the most promising hurdlers he had seen. I asked him what he had done and got a shock when told it was Redditch, who had never started in a jumping race. I had reason to know that when Fred Hoysted said a horse could jump, he meant it. Well, I allowed Redditch to ripalong and he jumped his way to victory. I was delighted with the way he acquitted himself, and was in accord with Hoysted about his future. It may surprise readers to know how some important riding engagements are made. The following will explain how I contracted to ride the famous Redditch in his career as a jumper. When I dismounted after winning on Redditch in his first jumping race, Fred Hoysted listened to my enthusiastic report on the ride. In his quiet way he said: "Well, Bob, If you like him you can ride him in his future races." I clinched that contract which resulted in many good cheques, with two words — "Good-oh."
Redditch did not take long to get up among the top weights in hurdle races, as handicappers could not disregard his wins in such races as the Williamstown Cup Hurdle, the Koroit Hurdle, the York Hurdle and the Port Phillip Hurdle. As Redditch lumped 11.12 in his Port Phillip Hurdle win at Williamstown, it was not surprising to find him allotted 12.3 when he came in after a spell, in a hurdle race at Flemington on New Year's Day,1938. It was realised that he was destined to carry big weights in hurdle races which would take winning, so his attention was turned to fences, where the pace is not so fast. His first award in a steeplechase was 12.7. It was a Brush Steeple at Mentone, and adapting himself quickly, he won with his ears pricked.

                     ONLY TWO MISTAKES

Poor old Redditch! He made two mistakes only on racecourses, but they were major ones. The first was when I was aboard and the second when, with Alex Fullarton, he crashed in front of the stand when running in the Grand National steeple of 1934, and was killed. Many wonder how I fared after my spill off Redditch, and dozens have asked me how the accident happened. I do not remember a thing from that day until two months later, when I was in a private hospital at Malvern. So two months of my life is a complete blank. Although Redditch gave me the worst spill of my career, I still have fond memories of him, and will put the claims of all others through the microscope before admitting them the equal of the raking son of Red Dennis— Kenilworth Queen, who is no more. Not only was Redditch a fine horse to ride, but those who nominated him, the executors in the estate of the late W. J. Woods, were fine people to ride for.


                          Complete Career Record                    
                   49 Starts - 14 Wins 7 Seconds 4 Thirds



                             2YO

10th 01/03/1930 Moorefield: Juvenile H’Cap (1st Div) 5f
7th 08/03/1930 Canterbury: Juvenile H’Cap (1st Div) 6f
6th 10/05/1930 Rosehill: Maiden Juvenile H’Cap (1st Div) 6f
13th 09/06/1930 Randwick: First Nursery H’Cap 7f
7th 14/06/1930 Randwick: Second Nursery H’Cap (2nd Div) 6f
8th 21/06/1930 Rosehill: Juvenile Stakes (2nd Div) 6f

                              3YO

3rd 28/01/1931 Geelong: Trial Three-Year-Old H’Cap 6f
5th 31/01/1931 Epsom: Three Year Old H’Cap 1 mile
6th 21/02/1931 Caulfield: St Clair Trial 9f
4th 11/03/1931 Sandown Park: Three year old H’Cap 1 mile
6th 23/03/1931 Moonee Valley: Trial Mile 1 mile
WON 26/03/1931 Caulfield: Nurses’ Trial 1 mile

                             4YO

3rd 15/08/1931 Flemington: Highweight H’Cap 1 mile
4th 19/08/1931 Moonee Valley: Flowerfield Welter 7f 60yds
5th 19/09/1931 Mentone: Welter H’Cap (1st Div) 7f
WON 14/10/1931 Moonee Valley: Banyule Trail Hurdle 2 miles 60yd
4th 24/10 1931 Moonee Valley: Mia Mia Hurdle 2 miles 60yds
WON 14/11/1931 Williamstown: Cup Hurdle 2 miles
WON 28/11/1931 Epsom: High-Weight Hcp 9f
10th 05/12/1931 Moonee Valley: High-Weight Handicap 1 mile
2nd 26/12/1931 Caulfield: Shoobra Hurdle 2 miles 65yds
2nd 01/01/1932 Flemington: New Year Hurdle 2 miles
WON 21/05/1932 Williamstown: Kororoit Hurdle 2 miles
WON 04/06/1932 Flemington: York Hurdle 2 miles
WON 25/06/1932 Williamstown: Port Phillip Hurdle 2 miles
3rd 02/07/1932 Flemington: Grand National Hurdle 3 miles
2nd 09/07/1932 Flemington: Doutta Galla Hurdle 2 ¼ miles

                           5YO

13th 09/11/1932 Caulfield: Welter Plate 7f
4th 26/11/1932 Epsom: Welter Mile 1 mile
6th 03/12/1932 Moonee Valley: High-Weight H’Cap 1 mile
6th 02/01/1933 Flemington: New Year Hurdle 2 miles
5th 17/04/1933 Williamstown: Seaholm Hurdle 2 miles
WON 22/04/1933 Mentone: Brush Steeplechase 2 miles 1f
5th 13/05/1933 Moonee Valley: Brunswick Steeplechase 2 miles 8ch
WON 03/06/1933 Flemington: Hopetoun Steeplechase 2 miles ½f
WON 08/07/1933 Flemington: Grand National steeplechase 3 miles 1f

                        6YO

WON 12/08/1933 Caulfield: Australian Steeplechase 3 ½ miles
FELL 19/08/1933 Flemington: August Steeplechase 2 miles 1/2f
2nd 12/05/1934 Moonee Valley: Brunswick Steeplechase 2 miles
3rd 04/06/1934 Flemington: Prince Of Wales Steeplechase 2 ½ miles
WON 23/06/1934 Caulfield: Wanda Steeplechase 2 miles 1 ¾f
2nd 14/07/1934 Flemington: Grand National Steeplechase 3 mils 1f

                       7YO

WON 11/08/1934 Caulfield: Australian Steeplechase 3 ½ miles
12th 27/02/1935 Mentone: Open Mile 1 mile
2nd 23/03/1935 Moonee Valley: Rothwell Steeplechase 2 miles
5th 22/05/1935 Mentone: Jumper’s Flat Race 1 mile 2 ½f
2nd 02/06/1935 Flemington: Prince Of Wales Steeplechase 2 ½ miles
WON 22/06/1935 Caulfield: Wanda Steeplechase 2 miles 1 ¾f
Fell (Fatally) 13/07/1935 Flemington: Grand National Steeplechase 3 miles 1f








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  2. Great article thanks. it was good to read and learn some more about my Grandfather Robin "Bob" Inkson Redditch's regular rider.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed reading the article and it's great to hear from someone directly related to Robin Inkson.

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  4. Great article. Well researched.

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  5. Fantastic article and great blog.

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