As a journalist, Bert Wolfe was known throughout the racing world by the pseudonym of ‘Cardigan'; the name of the 1903 Melbourne Cup winner, Lord Cardigan, which had been bred by his grandfather. He was widely respected and highly influential.
Wolfe spent time as racing editor of The Referee and sports editor of the Argus, before spending three years as Chairman of Stipendiary Stewards of the Queensland Turf Club. In 1933, Sir Keith Murdoch recruited him as racing editor of the Melbourne Herald, a position he held for the next 22 years.
Wolfe was involved in some of the most dramatic incidents in Australian turf history. In 1932 he accompanied Phar Lap to Agua Caliente, and was present at the horse's death at Menlo Park, California. In the 1934 he was responsible for exposing the notorious Erbie/Redlock ring-in.
Wolfe was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
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