High Caste Champion Racehorse
High Caste Was Known For His Stamina And Vitality
High Caste was brought to Australia from New Zealand by meat Tycoon Harry Tancred.
She holds the record of being the only mare to have won the coveted Yalumba Stakes (then known as Caulfield Stakes) and the Cox Plate double.
Foaled in 1937, she went on to have 111 starts and raced up to the age of eight years. Her winning ways culminated in her induction to the Australian Racing Hall of fame.
High Caste Wins As A 2YO
In the 1938-39 season, aged two years, High Caste famously won three races out of the first four he participated in. These were the Great Northern Foal Stakes, the Auckland Racing Club, and the ARC Royal Stakes.
Having drawn a lot of attention and admiration, he was bought by Harry Tancred, an Australian meat tycoon for 7000 Guineas and was subsequently shipped to him.
Upon his arrival in Australia, High Caste did not disappoint his new owner, emerging victorious in the first three races he started. These were the Champagne Stakes, VRC Sires Produce Stakes and the Ascot Vale Stakes. The Champagne Stakes and Ascot Vale Stakes have since been rated G1’s.
He finished second in the AJC Sires Produce Stakes to finish off his first season in Australia with 10 starts from which he managed 7 wins, came in second twice and had one third place finish.
High Caste Wins 11 Races 1939 - 40 Season
The 1939-1940 season was yet another great one for High Caste, he started 21 times and went on to win 11 times, came in second 6 times and was third place once.
Having been previously declared the best two year old on either side of Tasman Sea, High caste had a point to prove once he reached three years.
He won the St George Stakes, Craven Plate, Caulfield Guineas, Hobartville Stakes, AJC Clibborn Stakes, CB Fisher Plate, Challenge Stakes, CF Orr Stakes, Rosehill Guineas (G1) and Caulfield Stakes. He finished second in the AJC Derby, (where he lost to Reading), the Victoria Derby and in the All Aged Stakes, where he lost to Ajax.
High Caste was unplaced thrice during that season: the AJC Doncaster Handicap, Chelmsford Stakes and the WS Cox Plate.
Racing As A 4YO
Aged four years in the 1940-41 season, he won in Sydney’s Victoria Park Flying, Hawkesbury Clarendon Handicap, AJC Epsom Handicap (where he carried 9 stone 5 pounds and broke the record). He then went on to win the Caulfield Stakes in Melbourne, won the Linlithgow Stakes and the CB Fisher Plate for the second time in both cases.
Later, he beat Zonda to win the VATC Futurity Stakes while carrying 10 stone 6 pounds. He had further wins in the 14 Furlong Kings Plate and in the CM Lloyd Stakes. High Caste finished second in the WFA Craven Plate, LKS Mackinnon Stakes and Williamston Cup.
That same season, he was third in Canterbury Stakes and was dead heated with St Constant in the Yan Yean Stakes. High Caste was spelled twice during that season; after Williamson Cup and towards the end of the season in Sydney.
After having come off his spell the previous season, High caste began the 1941-1942 season on a high note, winning Rosehill Stakes and the AJC Warwick Stakes; and being placed second twice.
He had further wins in St. Georges Stakes, the Challenge Stakes and was dead heated with Mildura in the AJC Australian Day Handicap. He finished third in the Doncaster Handicap and came fourth in the wfa All Aged Plate.
Only Unplaced 11 Times In His Career
During his entire career, he was unplaced 11 times. The 9 stakes winners he gave rise to had 13 stakes in total wins. He was bought by Israel to stand at his Stud in New South Wales.