The South Eastern Times : September 25th 2014
38 SPORT Season opener for Ray Gilcrist comprising just 10 entries from the South East. 8 SPORT Season opene SPORT Season opener for Ray Gilcrist comprising just 10 entries from the South East. and and jockeys dominated the race meeting at Naracoorte last Sunday with four of the seven winners, Millicent owner/trainer Ray Gilcrist did his bit to fly the flag for the male species. Murray Bridge trainer Ros Day, Naracoorte mentor Sue Murphy plus jockeys Christine Puls and Adrian Patterson all had winning doubles at the second meeting of the season for Naracoorte. Gilcrist found himself in the winner’s stall for the first time this season when Sizzling Dan won the 1430 metre maiden plate by a bee’s knee. Another centimetre or two and Sizzling Dan would have been pipped by the fast finishing outsider Keetimo, however nobody can deny Sizzling Dan his maiden victory at start number 18 after five minor placings. Strathalbyn jockey Justin Potter threw caution to the wind when he elected to take off on Sizzling Dan at the 900 metres when the eight-year-old gelding was sitting in fifth spot. So easily did Sizzling Dan round up the leaders, Potter found himself in cruise control at the 500 metres when the Millicent galloper strolled to the lead with what turned out to be a winning lead. Near the furlong pole, it looked a matter of “margins please, judge” as Sizzling Dan was four The curtain comes down on the 2014 Australian jumping season at Coleraine with two hurdles and a steeplechase as part of the program. Free day at the Mount WITH so few South East gallopers nominated for Coleraine, you would presume local trainers are waiting for the Mount Gambier meeting next Wednesday (October 1). Eight races have been programmed and it will be free entry for everyone at the Mount next week. Furthermore, most facilities (tote, bookmakers and bar) will be located upstairs in the members’ lounge. Putting us on the map SIZZLING EFFORT: Owned and trained in Millicent by Ray Gilcrist, Sizzling Dan was an impressive winner at Naracoorte last Sunday. lengths in front of the field and seemingly “home and hosed.” But, the final 200 metres can be an awfully long way when the feet start to tiptoe and a danger emerges from the pack. With Sizzling Dan almost marking time near the line, the post could not come quick enough for his backers and the Val Hunter bred gelding got home as a $6 chance. The local faithful plonked the money on the Sue Murphy trained Bianmagic ($3.70-$3.20 fav.) which blew the start and was never a winning threat. Herb Henderson’s VFL fact file Born: September 13, 1930 Recruited from: Mildura Imperials Height: 188cm. Weight: 82.5kg Career: 130 games (1950-58), 78 wins, 51 losses, 1 draw Debut: Round 17, August 19, 1950 (aged 19 years, 340 days) v Carlton at Western Oval. Footscray 13.14 (92) d Carlton 12.7 (79) Goals: 0 Guernsey No: 25 State selection: five games Last game: Round 18, August 23, 1958 (aged 27 years, 344 days) v Melbourne at Western Oval. Footscray 8.11 (59) lt Melbourne 10.18 (78) 1954 VFL grand final, MCG, September 25 Footscray 15.12 (102) d Melbourne 7.9 (51) B: Wally Donald HB: Alan Martin C: Ron McCarthy HF: Roger Duffy Brian Gilmore F: R: Harvey Stevens Res: Jack Nuttall Average age: 23. Footscray’s 1954 VFL premiership team Herb Henderson Ted Whitten Don Ross Peter Box Jack Collins Arthur Edwards Angus Abbey Average games: 70 Western Bulldogs Team-of-the-Century (Selected in 2002) B: Charlie Sutton HB: Wally Donald C: Harry Hickey HF: Alby Morrison Jack Collins F: R: Gary Dempsey Int: Jim Gallagher Norm Ware Coach: Charlie Sutton 38 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, September 25, 2014 Herb Henderson Kelvin Templeton Simon Beasley Scott West Arthur Oliver Tony Liberatore John Schultz Ted Whitten (captain) John Jillard Allan Hopkins Doug Hawkins (vice-captain) Chris Gant George Bissett Brian Royal Brad Johnson Scott Wynd SWAP CARD MATERIAL: In the 1950s, Herb Henderson was featured on the Argus swap cards. The Argus was a leading Melbourne newspaper of the time. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Dave Bryden Jim Gallagher Doug Reynolds Ron Stockman Charlie Sutton (captain/coach) John Kerr Best Sunday crowd PERFECT spring conditions and the publicans’ day theme saw the Naracoorte club rewarded with its best Sunday crowd for years. It was easily the biggest attendance at Naracoorte since the cup day program last February. The one to follow from the meeting is the Paul Preusker (Horsham) trained Diamond Duke, runner-up in the final event. One on course punter had at least $2000 to invest on Diamond A COUPLE of city results last weekend help put Limestone Coast racing on the map. The talented Bordertown gelding Picture: TODD’S PHOTOGRAPHICS Duke, which saw his odds firm from $5.50 into $3.40 favourite on the strength of his first up maiden win at Mildura four weeks earlier. The two bookmakers did plenty of sweating in the straight when Diamond Duke reached the lead before being run down by the Murray Bridge visitor Annandale Lass. Last of the jumps races IT’S the Coleraine Cup meeting over the border this Sunday with 173 nominations for the meeting Memories of 1954 still fresh From back page The Bulldogs of ‘54 who are no longer with us include Brian Gilmore (tragically killed in a car accident in 1959), the great Ted Whitten who passed away in 1995, Wally Donald (2003), Arthur Edwards (2006), gun full forward Jack Collins (2008), captain/coach Charlie Sutton (2012) and Dave Bryden (2013). “I will be back on the greens on Saturday as we have the handicap pairs,” he said. “They should finish up by 4pm and I might see a bit of the grand final on the clubrooms TV.” STAR TRIO: Herb Henderson (right) with two of his 1954 Footscray premiership teammates, the late Ted Whitten and captain/coach Charlie Sutton. Tildy Lad returned to racing in stunning fashion with the simplest of wins at Morphettville, beating fellow Tatiara galloper Sandhill Warrior. All being well, Tildy Lad will end up racing in Melbourne as part of the upcoming spring carnival. Dozens of South East punters would have loved the Naracoorte galloper Albonetti to have run third in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield. Backed from 100/1 to 60/1, Albonetti was a clear last at the 800 metres before motoring home to be narrowly beaten in a photo for third.
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