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Delta racehorse 1951 Melbourne Cup winner

DeltaRacehorse Delta was foaled in 1946 and was by Midstream out of the mare Gazza.

From 41 starts he had 22 wins and many placings.
Main wins:

1949 Victoria Derby
1949 Cox Plate
1949 Canterbury Guineas
1950 VRC St Leger
1950 / 1951 / 1952 Chelmsford Stakes
1950 AJC St Leger
1951 Mackinnon Stakes
1951 Colin Stephens Stakes
1951 Metropolitan
1951 Melbourne Cup
1952 Chipping Norton Stakes
1952 St George Stakes


Midstream Blandford Swynford
Midsummer Abbots Trace
Dew Of June
Gazza Magpie Dark Ronald
Tressova Tressady







Breeder : Percy Miller, Kia Ora Stud, Scone, NSW
Owner : Adolph Brasser
Cost : £2,665 as a yearling
Trainer : Maurice McCarten
Jockey : Neville Sellwood (22)

TWO YEARS: 1948-1949 Starts 4: 2-1-1-0

2nd-18 19/03/1949. 1L x ½ hd Canterbury, STC Two-Year-Old Maiden Stakes 6f. 1207m. 8.5. 53kg 1.16.5. 14/1. Charioteer 8.5 4/1 1st
1st-19 28/05/1949. 3L x 0.5L Canterbury, STC Two-Year-Old Maiden Stakes (C&G) 6f. 1207m. 8.5. 53kg 1.16.0. 7/4EF Beau Caste 8.5 6/1 2nd
1st-13 8/06/1949. 2.5L x 1L run at Randwick, AJC Two-Year- Old Encourage Hcp Abt 7f. Abt 1400m. 9.0. 57kg 1.32.0. 10/9F Artois 8.0 16/1 2nd
3rd-11 13/06/1949. 2L x 1.5L Randwick, AJC Winter Juvenile Hcp Abt 8f. Abt 1600m. 9.7. 60kg 1.47.75. 5/2F Brother Arthur 7.8 16/1 1st

THREE YEARS: 1949-1950 Starts 13: 5-3-1-4

8th-13 27/08/1949. 3L x 2L Randwick, AJC Hobartville Stakes 7f. 24y. 1430m. 8.10. 55.5kg 1.29.25. 7/2EF Chastise 8.5 25/1 1st
1st-14 3/09/1949. 1.5L x 0.5L Canterbury, STC Canterbury Guineas (G1) 9f. 1810m. 8.5. 53kg 1.57.0. 9/1. Beau China 8.5 9/2 2nd
2nd-16 17/09/1949. 1L x ½ nk Rosehill, STC Rosehill Guineas 10f. 2011m. 8.5. 53kg 25.09.0. 7/4F Thracian Lad 8.5 8/1 1st
2nd-20 1/10/1949. 0.75L x 2.5L Randwick, AJC Derby 12f. 2414m. 8.10. 55.5kg 02:34.0 2/1F Playboy 8.10 10/1 1st
1st-13 22/10/1949. 0.5L x 3L Moonee Valley, MVRC W.S. Cox Plate (G1) 10f. 2011m. 7.11. 49.5kg 2.04.75. 20/1. Comic Court 9.0 5/4F 2nd
1st-18 29/10/1949. 1.5L x DH Flemington, VRC Victoria Derby (G1) 12f. 2414m. 8.10. 55.5kg 2.32.75. 6/4F Dickens 8.10 20/1 DH 2nd
5th-31 1/11/1949. 1.5L x lg nk Flemington, VRC Melbourne Cup 16f. 3219m. cd 7.7. 47.5kg 3.28.5. 6/1F Foxzami 8.8 16/1 1st
4th-14 25/02/1950. Nk x ½ hd Caulfield, VATC St. George Stakes 9f. 1810m. 8.3. 52kg 1.51.0. 6/1. Comic Court 9.0 9/4F 1st
1st-6 11/03/1950. 8L x sht ½ hd Flemington, VRC St Leger Stakes 14f. 2816m. 8.10. 55.5kg 2.57.75. 1/4F Playboy 8.10 6/1 2nd
1st-3 15/03/1950. 3L x 12L Flemington, VRC King's Plate 14f. 2816m. 8.2. 52kg 3.03.0. 4/7F Carbon Copy 9.0 6/4 2nd
2nd-6 25/03/1950. 0.75L x 3L Rosehill, STC Rawson Stakes 9f. 1810m. 8.4. 52.5kg 1.57.25. 4/6F Dickens 8.4 7/1 1st
5th-6 1/04/1950. 1.25L x 3L run at Randwick, AJC Chipping Norton Stakes 10f. 25y. 2053m. 8.6. 53.5kg 2.15.75. 2/1. Carbon Copy 9.0 11/2 1st
3rd-4 8/04/1950. 6L x 8L Randwick, AJC St. Leger 14f. 2816m. 8.10. 55.5kg 3.05.75. 5/2. Playboy 8.10 5/2 1st

FOUR YEARS: 1950-1951 Starts 8: 3-1-0-4

6th-10 26/08/1950. 4L x 1.75L run at Randwick, AJC Warwick Stakes 7f. 20½y. 1427m. 9.0. 57kg 1.29.0. Dead, 15/1. San Domenico 9.0 1/1 1st
1st-11 9/09/1950. ½ hd x 0.75L Randwick, Tattersall's Club Chelmsford Stakes 9f. 32½y. 1840m. 9.0. 57kg 1.53.75. 8/1. Snowstream 9.4 9/2 2nd
1st-6 30/09/1950. 0.5L x ½ hd Randwick, AJC Colin Stephen Stakes 12f. 2414m. 9.0. 57kg 2.34.5. 8/11F Thracian Lad 8.11 16/1 2nd
16th-18 2/10/1950. Nse x nk Randwick, AJC Metropolitan 13f. 2615m. 8.13. 56.5kg 2.48.75. 5/1EF Conductor 7.11 7/1 1st
1st-5 7/10/1950. 0.75L x 2.5L Randwick, AJC The Randwick Plate 16f. 3219m. 9.0. 57kg 3.28.5. 9/4EF Sir Falcon 9.6 9/4EF 2nd
5th-12 28/10/1950. Nk x 2L Moonee Valley, MVRC W.S. Cox Plate 10f. 2011m. 9.0. 57kg 2.06.25. 11/8F Alister 7.11 4/1 1st
5th-9 4/11/1950. 1.25L x hd Flemington, VRC L. K. S. Mackinnon Stakes 10f. 2011m. 9.0. 57kg 2.05.75. Good, 4/1. Comic Court 9.3 7/2 1st
2nd-4 11/11/1950. 0.75L x 1L Flemington, VRC C. B. Fisher Plate 12f. 2414m. 9.0. 57kg 2.35.25. 7/2. Playboy 9.0 7/2 1st

FIVE YEARS: 1951-1952 Starts 14: 11-1-0-2

5th-13 28/08/1951. 1.25L x 1.5L run at Randwick, AJC Warwick Stakes 7f. 17?y. 1424m. 9.3. 58.5kg 1.24.5. Good, 14/1 San Domenico 9.0 1st
1st-7 8/09/1951. 3L x 3L Randwick, Tattersall's Club Jubilee Chelmsford Stakes 9f. 25y. 1833m. 9.4. 59kg 1.52.25. Dead, 9/4 Hydrogen 7.9 5/4F 2nd
1st-5 29/09/1951. Nse x 5L Randwick, AJC Colin Stephen Stakes 12f. 2414m. 9.5. 59.5kg 2.36.75. Good, 4/9F Aristocrat 9.0 5/2 2nd
1st-16 1/10/1951. 0.5L x 1.5L Randwick, AJC The Metropolitan (G1) 13f. 2615m. 9.5. 59.5kg 2.44.5. Fast, 7/1 Skystreamer cd 6.12 9/1 2nd
2nd-5 6/10/1951. 1L x 2L Randwick, AJC Randwick Plate 16f. 3219m. 9.6. 60kg 3.38.5. Good, 1/1F Aristocrat 9.0 3/1 1st
1st-7 3/11/1951. 2L x 0.5L Flemington, VRC L.K.S Mackinnon Stakes (G1) 10f. 2011m. 9.1. 57.5kg 2.03.0. Good, 6/4F Akbar 9.0 7/1 2nd
1st-28 6/11/1951. 0.75L x 3L Flemington, VRC Melbourne Cup (G1) 16f. 3219m. 9.5. 59.5kg 3.24.25. Good, 10/1 Akbar 8.6 7/1 2nd
1st-6 1/03/1952. 1.5L x hd Caulfield, VATC St George Stakes 9f. 1810m. 9.2. 58kg 1.52.75. Good, 9/4F Ellerslie 8.13 4/1 2nd
1st-4 10/03/1952. 3L x hd Flemington, VRC Ercildoune Stakes 10f. 2011m. 9.2. 58kg 2.06.25. Good, 1/3F Bronton 8.4 16/1 2nd
1st-8 15/03/1952. 2L x 3L Flemington, VRC Queen's Plate 14f. 2816m. 9.3. 58.5kg 2.59.5. Good, 1/6F Clutha 9.0 8/1 2nd
1st-3 22/03/1952. 3.5L x 7L Flemington, VRC Carbine Stakes 18f. 3621m. 9.4. 59kg 4.06.75. Heavy, 1/9F Free Kick 9.1 8/1 2nd
1st-5 5/04/1952. 1.25L x 3L Randwick, AJC Chipping Norton Stakes 10f. 27?y. 2055m. 9.2. 58kg 2.07.5. Dead, 4/7F Hydrogen 8.6 5/2 2nd
8th-12 14/04/1952. Hd x 8L Randwick, AJC Sydney Cup 16f. 3219m. 9.7. 60kg 3.37.25. Heavy, 4/1EF Opulent 7.1 16/1 1st
1st-4 16/04/1952. Hd x 6L Randwick, AJC Cumberland Stakes 14f. 2816m. 9.3. 58.5kg 3.06.75. Dead, 4/5F Clutha 9.0 4/1 2nd

SIX YEARS: 1952-1953 Starts 2: 1-0-0-1

7th-9 23/08/1952. ½ hd x sht ½ hd Warwick Farm, AJC Warwick Stakes 7f. 1408m. 9.3. 58.5kg 1.27.5. Dead, 14/1 Foreign Exchange 7.4 14/1 1st
1st-8 13/09/1952. 4L x 1.25L Randwick, Tattersall's Club Chelmsford Stakes 9f. 1810m. 9.4. 59kg 1.49.25 (ANZR) Good, 8/11F Hydrogen 9.0 7/1 2nd

Extract from the Sunday Herald, February 8, 1953:

Delta, Australia's No. 1 racehorse, has been retired, to be used as a stallion at Widden Stud. Arrangements were made yesterday to take Delta to Widden next Wednesday. Delta's stud fee will be 300 guineas, record for an Australian-bred sire.
The price paid for Delta has not been disclosed, but it also is believed to be a record for an Australian bred stallion. He will be tested tor fertility, but it is not expected that there will be any hitch in the sale.

One of the conditions of sale is that Delta's owner, Mr. Adolf Basser, is to have the right to pick a colt from the first crop bred at Widden.

Selection of the colt is to rest with Delta's trainer, Maurice McCarten, and Mr. Frank Thompson.......(who) is managing director of Widden.

McCarten said- "It is lucky for Australia that Delta is to remain here; and lucky for Delta that he will have such a good chance to reproduce worthy sons and daughters. Delta was a horse with character; he had no vices in the stable or during races, but he was a real stallion. If you treated him properly and went about doing things in a straightforward manner he was docile and tractable...............When he started racing he was anything but outstanding; then at three he got better; at five he reached heights that I'd never expected; and I believe honestly that when he won the Chelmsford Stakes at six he was better than he ever had been in all his career."

Mr. Basser said he had had several approaches for the sale of Delta. He said: "I'm pretty certain I could have had 100,000 dollars (nearly £A45,000) for Delta after he won the Melbourne Cup. I didn't want him to go overseas; I want him here in Australia, where the Australian racehorse can be benefited if he turns out a first-class sire".

Delta ranks fifth in the listof great Australian winners.His record is 22 wins, fiveseconds, and two thirds and£48,169/10/ in stakes from 41starts.A fear that Delta might break down influenced the decision to sell the horse without further racing. In the spring, Delta ran one of the fastest races in his career to win the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. Unfortunately, he chipped a sliver of bone from a sesamoid and was lame for a time.

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