During the mid 1930s, he was West Coast’s favourite race horse. He began his racing career at Omoto race course as a two year old where he finished out of the money but little did the racing public know what was ahead of this potential champion. It didn’t take long before Silver Ring gave a demonstration of his ability when wining his first race at Trentham just a couple of weeks later and by the end of his 2-year-old season was considered the best if not the best 2-year-old in the Dominion.

As a three year old Silver Ring never raced up to his previous season’s form or as a four year old iand it was during this year (1933) that his owner Mr Don Fraser was murdered at the Riccarton Hotel. Mr Frasers brother in law, Mr A.H.Walton from Greymouth took over the ownership of the horse along with Mr Fraser’s estate but it was not until late 1935 when as a five year old that Silver Ring changed stables to Mr James Stewart of Greymouth who started Silver Ring on a winning streak firstly taking out the Metropolitan Handicap at Riccarton beating Cuddle at the 1935 NZ Cup meeting. Silver Ring won about six races in a row in the late summer, early autumn of 1936 proving to be the star of the New Zealand racing scene. Mr Stewart turned his attention on Australia where Silver Ring set out on a Melbourne Cup Spring campaign winning his first three races, the Hill Stakes , the Spring Plate, and the Randwick Plate. On the strength of these wins, Silver Ring was made favourite for the Melbourne Cup but his form tapered off after that and he drifted in the betting finishing 7th in the cup at 50/1. To obtain a full story of Silver Ring, I have an ebook available called “The Silver Ring Story”

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