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Rising Fast racehorse Melbourne Cup winner

Rising FastRacehorse Rising Fast was foaled in 1949 and was by Alonzo out of the mare Faster (by Mr Standfast)

In his illustrious career he started 68 times for 24 wins, 17 seconds and 2 thirds. As well as his Melbourne Cup, he won 17 other stakes races, mostly Group 1, including two Caulfield Cups and a Cox Plate for a prize money haul of £66,765.

He also won the Mackinnon Stakes in 1954 and 1955, the Turnbull Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes (twice), Blamey Stakes, CF Orr Stakes, Feehan Handicap and Caulfield Stakes.

Rising Fast is in both the New Zealand Hall of Fame and Australian Hall of Fame.

When Rising Fast retired, the Moonee Valley Racing Club held a special farewell for the champion, who strode up the straight with a garland of flowers around his neck, while the band played "The Maori Farewell."

To hear the Bert Bryant call of the last 600 in the Melbourne Cup of 1954, click here.



Alonzo Mid-day Sun Solario
Bridge Of Allan
Sardana Sardanapale
Marguerite De Valois
Faster Mr Standfast Buchan
Cutie Nigger Minstrel
Miss Cutie







Breeder : Frank Robertson, Platform Lodge Stud, Greytown, NZ
Owner : Leicester R. Spring
Cost : 325 guineas as a yearling
Trainers ; Ivan Tucker (NZ) Fred Hoysted (Aust)
Jockey (wins): W Williamson (10) B Petley (3) J Purtell (3) N Crombie (2) A Ward (1) A Tindall (1) G Hughes (1) J Anderson (1) R Heather (1) W Cook (1)

Rising Fast's wins:

WON    28-Feb-53      Pukekowe           Bombay Plate 6 f
WON    4-Apr-53         Ellerslie               Eden Hcp. 8 f
WON    11-Apr-53      Tataunui              Hack Hcp. 8 f
WON    18-Apr-53      Maungatatautari  Hack Hcp 7 f
WON    9-May-53       Te Rapa               Hamilton Hcp. 11 f
WON    22-Nov-53     Te Rapa              Miller Hcp. 8 f
WON    19-Dec-53    Paeroa                 Queen Elizabeth 10 f
WON    7-Aug-54      Eagle Farm          Barnes Stakes 10 f
WON    18-Sep-54      Moonee Valley  Feehan Handicap 8 f
WON    2-Oct-54         Flemington         Turnbull Stakes 12 f
WON    13-Oct-54      Caulfield              Caulfield Stakes 9 f
WON    16-Oct-54      Caulfield              Caulfield Cup 12 f
WON    23-Oct-54      Moonee Valley    Cox Plate 10 f
WON    30-Oct-54      Flemington          Mackinnon Stakes 10 f
WON    2-Nov-54        Flemington         Melbourne Cup 16 f
WON    6-Nov-54        Flemington         Fisher Plate 12 f
WON    26-Mar-55      Flemington         Carbine Stakes 18 f
WON    8-Oct-55        Caulfield             Herbert Power Hcp 12 f
WON    15-Oct-55      Caulfield            Caulfield Cup12 f
WON    29-Oct-55      Flemington        Mackinnon Stakes 10 f
WON    5-Nov-55       Flemington        Fisher Plate 12 f
WON    4-Feb-56      Moonee Valley   C F Orr Stakes 8 f
WON    11-Feb-56    Flemington         Blamey Stakes 10 f
WON    1-Sep-56      Caulfield              Memsie Stakes 9 f


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