Rising Fast Champion Racehorse
Rising Fast Wins Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup & Cox Plate
This article is about the achievements of a horse called Rising Fast. In this article you will find interesting facts about Rising Fast, including his lineage, his breeding, the races he participated in and how he is revered and respected by horse racing fans in Australia and New Zealand.
Rising Fast is the name of a New Zealand bred thoroughbred racehorse.
He is the only horse to have won the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate races in the same season. This is known as the Spring Grand Slam. He made a return after his grand slam achievement in 1955 and again won the Caulfield Cup but came second in the Melbourne Cup.
Frank Robertson was Rising Fast’s owner and the horse was bred at Platform Lodge farm at Greytown in the Wairapa. Rising Fast was the colt of Alonso from Great Britain and Faster, owned by Mr. Standfast.
Big Things Not Expected ?
Both Alonso and Faster had not won many races and Rising Fast was not expected to be extraordinary.
Leicester R. Spring, an accountant from Whatakane, purchased Rising Fast for 325 guineas at the New Zealand National Sales in 1950.
Rising Fast was trained first by Jack Winder, then by Ivan Tucker and then by Fred Hoysted. Jack Winder was suspended because he allowed Rising Fast to race in the Te Awamutu Cup.
Rising Fast’s training was handed over to Fred Hoysted because Ivan Tucker was also suspended like Jack Winder. Soon, Rising Fast’s blue, gold and black colours became familiar on New Zealand race tracks.
Rising Fast Spring 1954
Rising Fast travelled to Melbourne in 1954 when he was five years old. He went there to participate in the Spring Carnival. He had become popular before his arrival but his Grand Slam feat put him in newspapers in Australia, New Zealand and all over the world.
Many people are of the opinion that the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups are the blue ribbon or high quality events of the carnival, however, racing experts are in agreement that the weight for age Cox Plate is the contest that establishes true champions.
Rising Fast was aiming for his sixth successive win at the internationally known Melbourne Cup. The nine stone five pounds that Rising Fast carried has not been matched till date.
It was only in 2005 that Makybe Diva wore the same number one saddle cloth that Rising Fast did. Makybe Diva is the only horse to have won the Melbourne three years in a row in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
In 1954, Rising Fast finished the season with wins in the Turnbull Stakes (a 2000 metre Group 1 Australian thoroughbred horse race), Caulfield Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup, LKS Mackinnon Stakes and VRC CB Fisher Plate (a Victoria Racing Club group 3 Australian thoroughbred horse race).
There is a lot of ambiguity as to who rode Rising Fast in 1954. Some say it was Jack Purtell while others say Arthur Ward. In 1955, with Bill Williamson as jockey, Rising Fast participated in the Melbourne Cup after having won the Caulfield Cup.
No Protest - Surprising To Punters
The track was wet and heavy and a holdup at the barrier caused a delay of five minutes. Rising Fast had to carry a load of ten stone and on top of that Bill Williamson remained in the saddle.
This made the race burdensome for Rising Fast. Still, Rising Fast began well but was jostled off stride in the last 200 metres by Toporoa ridden by Neville Sellwood and came second.
A protest was expected from Bill Williamson, but Leicester R. Spring philosophically declared it as a racing accident and no protest was lodged.