No horse has ever matched Poseidon's feat of winning the AJC and Victoria Derby's, the AJC and VRC St Legers, and the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.


TRAINER: Isaac "Ike" Earnshaw

OWNERS: Hugh Dixon (later known as Sir Hugh Denison)

RACE RECORD/STAKE MONEY: 33 starts: 19 wins, 4 seconds, 3 thirds/£19,469

Major Wins 

  • Melbourne Cup
  • Caulfield Cup (twice)
  • AJC and Victoria Derbies
  • AJC and Victoria St Legers
  • Melbourne Stakes
  • Rawson Stakes
  • Cumberland Stakes
  • AJC Plate


Poseidon can lay claim to be Australia's best-ever three-year-old, and Australia's greatest stayer - 16 of his 19 wins came over distances of ten furlongs (2,000 metres) or more.

Poseidon revealed little of his talent as a two-year-old, winning just one of his six starts. As a three-year-old in 1906-07 he began the season with two wins in moderate company, and then unleashed a winning streak such as had never been seen before: 11 wins from 14 starts including the two Derbies double and the two Cups double. The following season he added a second Caulfield Cup to his tally and five other wins at the highest level.

The name Jimmy Ah Poon, a Chinese market gardener, will always be associated with Poseidon. In his three-year-old season Jimmy Ah Poon backed Poseidon in every one of his 11 wins, but not in his three defeats. He left the racetrack a wealthy man, never to be seen there again.

A leg injury in September 1908, brought an end to Poseidon's career, and he was retired to stud.

Poseidon was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.

Image Source: Australian Racing Museum Collection