Eurythmic took his name from a Greek word meaning "harmonious rhythm", but his galloping action was anything but harmonious - his off foreleg moved in a swinging action, endangering both himself and other horses.


TRAINER: John Kelly, Jack Holt

OWNERS: E. Lee-Steere

RACE RECORD/STAKE MONEY: 47 starts: 31 wins, 6 seconds, 4 thirds/£36,891

Major Wins 

  • Caulfield Cup
  • Sydney Cup
  • Perth Cup
  • Western Australian Derby
  • Caulfield Stakes (three times)
  • Melbourne Stakes (twice)
  • AJC Autumn Stakes


After winning 10 of his 14 starts in Perth, Eurythmic was sent as a four-year-old to Jack Holt's stable in Melbourne. In a spectacular season he had 12 wins from 13 starts, including the 1920 Caulfield Cup and the 1921 Sydney Cup. His only defeat came when he ran fourth to Poitrel in the Melbourne Cup, a result he reversed when he beat that horse in the C.B. Fisher Plate four days later.

As a five-year-old Eurythmic had a further seven wins from 12 starts. His versatility and brilliance were seen in the 1922 Futurity Stakes when he carried a record 10st 7lbs (66.5kg) to victory, and passed Carbine as the greatest Australian stake winner to that time.

When he was retired as a six-year-old with 31 wins to his credit, he had truly earned his name as "The best from the West".

Eurythmic was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2005

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