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Template:Infobox thoroughbred racehorse Winooka was a Bay (horse) who raced for 5 seasons from a two-year-old to a six-year-old including America recording major wins from 6 furlongs to 1 mile and winning jockeys being Stan Davidson from Newcastle, New South Wales Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductees James E. Pike and Edgar Britt.[1][2][3]


Winooka was bred by Percy Miller Kia-Ora stud , New South Wales in the Hunter Region. Sire Windbag (horse) winner of 1925 VRC Melbourne Cup with major winners including the champion miler Chatham (horse) 1932 & 1934 MVRC W S Cox Plate,1932 & 1933 Epsom Handicap and Liberal 1932 VATC Caulfield Guineas,1932 VRC Derby and VATC Underwood Stakes.[4]

Dam Kanooka (AUS) won the 1925 AJC Gimcrack Stakes (ATC) Stakes at Randwick Racecourse.[5][6]

Racing career

Winooka was purchased at the 1930 Sydney yearling sales for 290 guineas by H.C. Taylor from Scone, New South Wales and originally trained in Brisbane by Tim Brosnan of Lough Neagh (horse). After 2 starts was sold to new owners W.A. McDonald and A.J. Mathews for 1,000 guineas who were well known Sydney bookmakers.[7]

Winooka raced between 1930 and 1935 winner of 3 Group 1 races in the modern era the 1933 VATC Futurity Stakes (MRC), Caulfield Racecourse furlong record, 1933 AJC Doncaster Handicap carrying 63kg in Australasian record time, 1933 AJC All Aged Stakes by 5 lengths and second 1935 VATC Oakleigh Plate carrying 66kg.[8][9][10]

Winooka as a five year old was shipped to the United States with trainer Mick Polson and jockey Edgar Britt to compete in nine highly publicised races winning two 'Match Races' at Tanforan Racetrack, San Francisco and Longacres Racetrack Seattle and two other races at Pimlico Race Course, being the 1933 Baltimore and Autumn Handicaps under management of colourful Australian sporting entrepreneur and horse racing identity Rufe Naylor.[11][12]

Trainer Mick Polson 1886-1957 was originally from Melbourne his stables were located at Kogarah, New South Wales near Moorefield Racecourse, Sydney and later at High Street Randwick, New South Wales also trained wonder miler Fuji San winner of 17 races including the 1925 AJC Doncaster Handicap, 1926 Tatts Tramway Stakes carrying 63kg and 1927 AJC All Aged Stakes also second to Amounis 1926 AJC Epsom Handicap carrying 61kg. Mick Polson was mentor to the champion jockeys Edgar Britt and the dynamic Billy Lappin who was tragically killed in 1940.[13][14][15]

Australian Starts: 30 starts 11 wins, 6 seconds, 5 thirds

American Starts: 9 starts 4 wins, 1 second, 1 third[16]


  1. Arrold, Tony (1983). More Champions (First ed.). Sydney N.S.W.: Tralca. pp. 244–246. ISBN 0959445811. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  2. Australian Racing Hall of Fame. "Edgar Britt Jockey". Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  3. Australian Racing Hall of Fame. "Jim Pike Jockey". Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  4. National Library of Australia (22 July 1939). "Windbag Sire". No. 12. The Australasian - Melbourne. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  5. Pedigreequery. "Winooka Breeding". Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  6. Australian Stud Book. "Winooka Pedigree". Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  7. National Library of Australia (1 April 1931). "Winooka Brisbane Sale". No. Page 2. Referee Sydney NSW. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  8. National Library of Australia (27 Feb 1933). "Winooka Caulfield Record". No. Page 6. The Age Melbourne. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  9. National Library of Australia (19 April 1933). "Winooka a Champion Miler". No. Page 9. Sydney Mail NSW. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  10. National Film and Sound Archive. "Winooka wins Doncaster Handicap". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  11. Australian Dictionary of Biography. "Rufe Naylor Biography". Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  12. Racehorsetalk. "Winooka USA". Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  13. National Library of Australia (29 March 1933). "Fuji San Retired". No. Page 2. The Picton Post NSW. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  14. National Library of Australia (29 August 1940). "Mick Polson Trainer". No. 10. Sydney Sportsman. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  15. National Library of Australia (12 February 1940). "Billy Lappin Tribute". No. Page 1. Sydney Sportsman. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  16. Racehorsetalk. "Winooka Race Records". Retrieved 20 December 2020.

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