These old “rippers” were snapped almost fifty years ago at La Perouse, where dozens of Randwick trained horses were taken for a swim, in an endeavour to give them a break from the tedium of stable life.
Here is one of the kindest men I ever met in racing. This photo of Stan Cassidy was snapped at Canterbury only a couple of years before a freakish trackwork accident claimed his life at age 46.
Who said Jack Denham wanted nothing to do with the racing media.
Jack and I would have an occasional chat at the races, as captured in this photo taken around 1998.
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.