Vite racehorse Cox Plate winner
Vite was foaled in 1936 and was by Beau Pere out of the mare Dominant
60 starts he won 31 races including the 1941 Mackinnon
Stakes, Auckland Cup, 1940 Cox
Plate (beating Ajax)
and also in 1941, AJC
Metropolitan, and Chelmsford
Stakes and ran third in the Melbourne
Cup behind Skipton
and Son Of Auros.
Barrier Miner, October 26, 1940 described his win
over Ajax in the Cox Plate as this:
VITE, who proved himself the best horse at the Randwick Spring meeting,
showed in winning the W. S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley today that
at the conclusion of the Melbourne Cup carnival he will be acclaimed
as Australia's best racehorse over all distances.
in a magnificent race Beau Vite, who led over the last six furlongs,
defeated Ajax by half a neck, with Beaulivre half a head away third.
Vite and Ajax came into the straight almost on terms, with Beaulivre
about a length behind them. In a stirring struggle Beau Vite, although
challenged by Ajax and Beaulivre, was able to.hold them off and
being asked to take the lead so far from home Beau Vite was set
tremendous task by McMenamin, and it showed the confidence that
the rider has in the New Zealand horse.
in all the races in which he has ridden Beau Vite -- he has won
the last five on him --has never been frightened to use Beau Vite's
to the amazement of the crowd, he took Beau Vite to the front six
furlongs from home, but Beau Vite, like many great horses in the
past, seems to possess both the speed and stamina, and it is this
combination which allowed him to win today.
was no possible excuse for Ajax today. Badger rode him splendidly,
and he was close enough had lie been good enough rounding the turn.
He was beaten by a better horse on the day.
TWO YEARS: 1938-1939 Starts
Unpl-10 24/09/1938. 1L x nk Marton, MartonJC Juvenile Hcp 4f. 804m.
8.3. 52kg 51.6. Soft Military Maid 7.12 1st
Unpl-17 12/10/1938. 4L x 5L Opaki Racecourse, Masterton, MastRC
Nursey Hcp 5f. 1005m. 8.5. 53kg 49.4. Good Beaulivre
4th-19 24/12/1938. ½ nk x 2L Awapuni, MwtuRC Nursery Hcp
5f. 1005m. cd 7.9½. 48.5kg 1.03.0. Easy Serenata cd 7.7 1st
Unpl-19 27/12/1938. 1.5L x 0.5L Awapuni, MwtuRC Juvenile Hcp 5f.
1005m. 7.9. 48.5kg 1.02.2. Easy Globe Trotter 8.9 1st
3rd-13 21/01/1939. Hd x 3L Trentham, WeRC Nursery Hcp 6f. 1207m.
cd 7.4. 46.5kg 1.11.25. Beaulivre
1st-11 23/01/1939. 2L x 1L Trentham, WeRC Hopeful Stakes 5f. 1005m.
7.11. 49.5kg 59.0. Aranui 7.7 2nd
1st-13 17/03/1939. 0.5L x 2L Trentham, WeRC Pacific Hcp 6f. 1207m.
8.5. 53kg 1.12.75. Pearl Of Asia 7.13 2nd
1st-6 18/03/1939. 1L x 1L Trentham, WeRC North Island Challenge
Stakes 7f. 1408m. 7.5. 46.5kg 1.26.0. Beaulivre
(2YO) 7.8 2nd
3rd-8 25/03/1939. Hd x 1L Awapuni, MwtuRC Sires Produce Stakes 7f.
1408m. 9.0. 57kg 1.26.2. Submission 8.2 1st
2nd-5 10/04/1939. 4L x 4L Riccarton, CJC Champagne Stakes 7f. 1408m.
8.10. 55.5kg 1.11.0. Beaulivre
2nd-4 11/04/1939. 3L x 3L Riccarton, CJC Challenge Stakes 6f. 1207m.
7.11. 49.5kg 1.26.0. Beaulivre
THREE YEARS: 1939-1940 Starts 20: 10-4-0-6
4th-13 26/08/1939. 1.5L x 0.5L Warwick Farm, AJC
Stakes 7f. 1408m. 8.10. 55.5kg 1.26.0.
High Caste 8.10 6/4F 1st
1st-6 2/09/1939. 1L x 3L Canterbury, CPRC Canterbury
Stakes 6f. 1207m. 8.0. 51kg 1.12.25. 5/1. Gold
Rod 9.2 7/4 2nd
2nd-10 9/09/1939. Sht hd x 1L Randwick, Tattersall's
Stakes Abt 9f. Abt 1800m. 8.2. 52kg 1.54.0. 8/1. Defaulter
9.7 4/7F 1st
1st-4 23/09/1939. 2.5L x 1.5L run at Rosehill, Hawkesbury RC Clarendon
Stakes 9f. 1810m. cd 7.1. 45kg 1.51.0. 4/7F Reading 7.9 6/1 2nd
4th-7 30/09/1939. ½ nk x 1.5L Randwick,
Derby 12f. 2414m. 8.10. 55.5kg 2.34.0. 4/5F Reading 8.10
2nd-5 4/10/1939. 1.5L x 4L Randwick, AJC Craven
Plate 10f. 2011m. 7.11. 49.5kg 2.04.0. 11/8F
High Caste cd 7.12 3/1 1st
6th-7 18/10/1939. 1.75L x 2L Caulfield, VATC
Stakes 9f. 1810m. 7.11. 49.5kg 1.54.75. 3/1. High
Caste cd 7.13 9/10F 1st
LR-12 28/10/1939. 1L x 2.5L Moonee Valley, MVRC W.S. Cox
Plate 9.5f. 1911m. 7.11.
49.5kg 1.56.5 (CR) 5/1. Mosaic 9.0 50/1 1st
4th-11 4/11/1939. 1.25L x 2.5L Flemington, VRC
Derby 12f. 2414m. 8.10. 55.5kg 2.33.0. 11/2. Reading
8.10 11/2 1st
8th-26 7/11/1939. 0.5L x 0.75L Flemington, VRC Melbourne
Cup 16f. 3219m. 7.4. 46.5kg
3.27.0. 25/1. Rivette
7.9 5/1F 1st
2nd-5 28/12/1939. 0.75L x hd Ellerslie, AuRC King's Plate 8f. 1609m.
8.2. 52kg 1.37.0. Beaulivre
1st-6 1/01/1940. 0.75L x 1L Ellerslie, AuRC Sixty-Sixth Great Northern
Derby (G1) 12f. 2414m. 8.10. 55.5kg 2.32.0 (RR)
1st-3 2/01/1940. 0.5L x 3L Ellerslie, AuRC Clifford Plate 10f. 2011m.
8.2. 52kg 2.07.6. Beaulivre
2nd-26 18/01/1940. Hd x 2L Trentham, WeRC Wellington Centennial
Cup 12f. 2414m. 8.7. 54kg 2.31.75. Old Bill 8.0 1st
1st-13 22/01/1940. 2L x 1.5L Trentham, WeRC Summer Handicap 11f.
2212m. 8.13. 56.5kg 2.20.0. Norseman 7.7 2nd
1st-5 9/03/1940. 0.5L x 2.5L New Plymouth, TaraJC Twenty-Sixth Taranaki
Stakes 6f. 1207m. 9.4. 59kg 1.13.0. Duncannon 8.8 2nd
1st-3 14/03/1940. 1.5L x 10L Trentham, WeRC New Zealand St. Leger
(G1) 14f. 2816m. 8.10. 55.5kg 3.08.0. Duncannon 8.10 2nd
1st-3 16/03/1940. 2L x 1L Trentham, WeRC North Island Challenge
Stakes 7f. 1408m. 9.6. 60kg 1.28.5. Duncannon 9.2 2nd
1st-3 23/03/1940. 2.5L x 3L Ellerslie, AuRC Great Northern St. Leger
Stakes 14f. 2816m. 8.10. 55.5kg 3.03.0. Foxsen 8.10 2nd
1st-3 4/04/1940. 2L x 4L Awapuni, MwtuRC Awapuni Gold Cup 10f. 2011m.
8.6. 53.5kg 2.11.8. Old Bill 9.0 2nd
FOUR YEARS: 1940-1941 Starts 17: 11-2-1-3
4th-13 31/08/1940. 0.5L x 1.75L Randwick, AJC Warwick
Stakes 7f. 22¼y. 1429m. 9.0. 57kg 1.24.5. 10/1.
9.0 1/2 1st
4th-5 7/09/1940. ½ hd x 2L Canterbury, CPRC Canterbury
Stakes 6f. 1207m. 9.0. 57kg 1.11.25 (CR) 12/1.
9.0 4/5F 1st
1st-9 21/09/1940. 1.25L x 4L run at Randwick, RRC
Stakes 8f 27y. 1652m. 9.0. 57kg 1.39.75. 5/1.
High Caste 9.0 2/1F 2nd
1st-6 5/10/1940. 2.5L x 1L Randwick, AJC Colin
Stephen Stakes 12f. 2414m. 9.0. 57kg 2.29.0. (CR) 4/9F
Dashing Cavalier 9.0 20/1 2nd
1st-19 7/10/1940. 2L x 0.75L Randwick, AJC The
Metropolitan (G1) 13f. 2615m. 9.4. 59kg 2.42.0 (ANZR)
2/1F Reading 9.0 6/1 2nd
1st-4 9/10/1940. ½ hd x 1.5L Randwick, AJC Craven
Plate 10f. 2011m. 9.0. 57kg 2.02.25. (CR) 4/5F Mildura
9.4 10/1 2nd
1st-6 26/10/1940. ½ nk x ½ hd Moonee Valley, MVRC
Plate (G1) 9.5f. 1911m. 9.0.
57kg 1.57.75. 7/4F Ajax
9.4 2/1 2nd
1st-5 2/11/1940. 3.5L x 0.5L Flemington, VRC L.K.S Mackinnon
Stakes (G1) 10f. 2011m. 9.0. 57kg 2.03.5. 8/11F
High Caste 9.0 13/8 2nd
4th-20 5/11/1940. 0.75L x nk Flemington, VRC Melbourne
Cup 16f. 3219m. 9.7. 60kg
3.26.0. 7/4F Old
Rowley 7.12 100/1 1st
2nd-4 9/11/1940. 3L x 0.5L Flemington, VRC C.
B. Fisher Plate 12f. 2414m. 9.0. 57kg 2.30.75. 8/11F
High Caste 9.0 6/1 1st
1st-13 26/12/1940. 0.75L x 1.5L Ellerslie, AuRC Auckland Cup (G1)
16f. 3219m. 9.6. 60kg 3.24.6 Old Bill 9.0 2nd
1st-3 2/01/1941. Nk x 3L Ellerslie, AuRC Clifford Plate 10f. 2011m.
9.0. 57kg 2.11.8. Royal Chief 9.3 2nd
1st-7 29/03/1941. 1L x 0.75L Rosehill, RRC Rawson
Stakes (G1) 9f. 1810m. 9.0. 57kg 1.52.5. 7/4.
High Caste 9.0 9/10F 2nd
3rd-7 5/04/1941. 4L x 1.0L run at Randwick, AJC
Norton Plate 10f. 2011m. 9.0. 57kg 2.08.0. 4/6F Tranquil
Star 8.4 20/1 1st
1st-6 12/04/1941. 0.5L x 2.5L Randwick, AJC Autumn Plate 12f. 2414m.
9.0. 57kg 2.31.5. 1/4F Dashing Cavalier 9.0 10/1 2nd
2nd-4 16/04/1941. 2.5L x 3L Randwick, AJC All-Aged
Plate 8f. 1609m. 9.0. 57kg 1.40.25. 7/4. Gold
Salute 8.11 5/1 1st
1st-4 19/04/1941. 4L x ½ hd Randwick, AJC Plate (later Queen
Elizabeth Stakes) (G1) 18f. 3621m. 9.0. 57kg 3.59.0.
5/2. Mosaic 9.4 3/1 2nd
FIVE YEARS: 1941-1942 Starts 12: 7-1-2-2
5th-6 6/09/1941. 0.5L x 1.5L Canterbury, CPRC Canterbury
Stakes 6f. 1207m. 9.2. 58kg 1.12.0. 7/1. Reading 9.2
1st-7 13/09/1941. 3L x 2L Randwick, Tattersall's Chelmsford
Stakes Abt 9f. Abt 1800m. 9.11. 62kg 1.51.0 5/2.
High Caste 9.11 6/4F 2nd
1st-6 27/09/1941. 1L x 2.5L Randwick, Tattersall's City Tattersall's
Stakes 10f. 27y. 2055m. 9.4. 59kg 2.05.25. 4/9F Lucrative
9.0 4/1 2nd
1st-6 4/10/1941. 1.5L x ½ hd Randwick, AJC
Stephen Stakes 12f. 2414m. 9.5. 59.5kg 2.32.75. 2/5F
Dashing Cavalier 9.5 25/1 2nd
1st-4 8/10/1941. Nk x 2L Randwick, AJC Craven
Plate 10f. 2011m. 9.4. 59kg 2.01.75. (AR) 4/7F Reading
9.4 12/1 2nd
20th-23 18/10/1941. Hd x 1L run at Flemington, VATC Caulfield
Cup 12f. 2414m. 9.12. 62.5kg 2.29.5. 7/1. Velocity 8.3
1st-9 25/10/1941. 1.5L x 0.75L Moonee Valley, MVRC W.S. Cox
Plate (G1) 9.5f. 1911m. 9.4.
59kg 1.58.25 1/3F Tranquil
Star 8.9 6/1 2nd
1st-4 1/11/1941. 1.5L x 0.5L Flemington, VRC L.K.S Mackinnon
Stakes (G1) 10f. 2011m. 9.3. 58.5kg 2.04.0. 4/6F El
Golea 9.3 7/1 2nd
3rd-23 4/11/1941. 2.5L x 0.75L Flemington, VRC Melbourne
Cup 16f. 3219m. 9.10. 62kg
3.23.75 11/2F Skipton
3YO cd 7.7 8/1 1st
2nd-3 8/11/1941. ½ hd x 2.5L Flemington, VRC C.
B. Fisher Plate 12f. 2414m. 9.4. 59kg 2.37.0. 4/11F
High Caste 9.4 3/1 1st
1st-7 4/04/1942. 4L x 3L run at Rosehill, AJC Autumn Plate 12f.
2414m. 9.3. 58.5kg 2.33.0. 1/2F Veiled Threat 8.11 33/1 2nd
3rd-17 11/04/1942. 3L x 0.75L run at Rosehill, AJC Sydney
Cup Abt 16f. Abt 3200m. 9.11. 62kg 3.25.5. 5/2F Veiled
Threat 8.1 11/1 1st