AVIAN DERBY SCORING A COMFORTABLE WIN!

AVIAN DERBY SCORING A COMFORTABLE WIN!

This photo was taken by the late Gene Lett, official photographer for many years, at the defunct Harold Park Paceway. Gene’s photo captures Avian Derby scoring a comfortable win in the 1952 Inter Dominion Grand Final - the first series ever held in Sydney.

THEY'RE RACING 1951

THEY'RE RACING 1951

Ern McQuillan stationed himself at the Mile start at Randwick to snap this one in 1951. From the left, jockeys whose faces are clearly visible are, Darby Munro, Jack Thompson, Bill Cook, Ray Selkrig, Arthur Podmore, George Moore and Noel McGrowdie. On the extreme outside is Stan Cassidy. It's interesting to note that goggles were not used at this time. Photos indicate they came into popular usage from the mid 1950’s. Sore and runny eyes would have been a common sight before the introduction of race goggles.

HUGE CROWD AT RANDWICK 1956

HUGE CROWD AT RANDWICK 1956

 The late Ern McQuillan found himself a great vantage point to snap this huge crowd in the Paddock betting ring at Randwick in 1956.  Judging by the apparel of the day the weather was on the cool side.