Tranquil Star Record Holder Racehorse
Tranquil Star Was A Mare Who Came To Prominence Due To Her Winning Ways & Amazing Strength
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.
Tranquil Star was sired by Gay Lothario from Great Britain and Lone Star. Even though her dam was a non-winner, her Sire was legendary, having given rise to winners who brought in a combined total of £ 266,000 in earnings.
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.
Under the ownership of Mr. T.G Jones and Arthur Cobden and trained by Ron Cameron, Tranquil Star went on to win a total of £ 26,690 during her illustrious career.
At the age of 2, she had 13 starts out of which 2 ended up in wins (VRC Ottawa Stakes and Juvenile Handicap) and in four occasions she came in second position.
One year later, she improved her wins to five in the 1940-1941 seasons. Her wins included the A.J.C Chipping Norton Stakes (which has since been upgraded to Group One status) and Cumberland Plate in Sydney.
Tranquil Star also won the V.R.C Edward Manifold Stakes, the V.A.T.C St Georges Stakes, and the V.R.C St Leger Stakes. She took second spot in the Victoria Derby, which she lost to Lucrative and she came second in the V.R.C Oaks the same season.
The following season, Tranquil Star had 2 wins, 4 seconds and she finished third on 4 occasions. She lost to Lucrative in the Caulfield Stakes and to Beau Vite in the 1941-1942 Mooney Valley W.S Cox Plate. Moreover, she came second in the Underwood Stakes and CF Orr Stakes. Her wins were in the V.R.C C.M Lloyd Stakes and Moonee Valley Alister Clark Stakes.
1942 - 1943
The 1942-1943 racing season was a vital time in Tranquil Star’s career and it found her at her very best . It is safe to say that this was her peak season because she famously won the Caulfield Stakes and the Cox Stakes double; a feat which had never been achieved by any other mare in history.
Tranquil Star also had wins in Mooney Valley Quality Handicap, Caulfield Cup where she carried 8 stone 12 lbs in a competitive field, which included past winners of Melbourne Cup including Skipton, Colonus and Dark Felt. She also won the W.S Cox Plate and the VRS LKS Mackinnon Stakes and the C.M Lloyd Stakes.
At six years, Tranquil Star had to contend with second position in 3 successive losses to Amana. She came second in Caulfield Stakes, albeit by a narrow margin, and came second to Amana on two more occasions in V.R.C Melbourne Stakes and L.K.S Mackinnon Stakes.
She also came second in V.A.T.C Memsie Stakes and VRC C.M Lloyd Stakes. She came third in C.F Orr Stakes and Underwood Stakes but it was sweet revenge for her when she defeated Amana in the St. George Stakes, with Amana finishing second.
Tranquil Star Nearly Dies
In 1944, a horrific jaw fracture nearly took her life and she had to be wired and handled with a lot of care by her trainer. However, her fighting spirit enabled her to overcome this and by the next season, she was ready to race again.
In the season of 1944-1945, Tranquil Star won the W.S Cox plate at the age of seven, becoming the second horse to achieve this prestigious feat at that age and the only mare to do so.
Not to be deterred by her fractured jaw the previous season, she had further wins in L.K.S Mackinnonn Stakes (her second), V.A.T.C St. George Stakes and C.M Lloyd Stakes. Carrying 9 stone 7 pounds, she finished second in the Moonee Valley Glenara Handicap.
She finished second in two more races at the Williamson Underwood Stakes and the J.J Liston Stakes. She had third place finishes in the Caulfield Stakes, Melbourne Stakes and the V.R.C Essendon Stakes.
The 1945-1946 season was her final season in racing and she bowed out a legend, winning three major races. She won the L.K.S Mackinnon Stakes for the third time, beating Flight in the process, won the William Reid Stakes and Memsie Stakes.
She was second in the V.R.C CB Fisher Plate and V.A.T.C Eclipse Stakes. Bernborough beat her in the Caulfield Stakes, eventually coming third.