Red Anchor

(1981- 2001) | Sea Anchor | Decoy Girl | Inducted in 2021

Red Anchor

Image: The Age


TRAINER: Paul Sutherland, Tommy Smith

OWNERS: Mr and Mrs J. Gigante, Mr and Mrs JJ and JA Symond, A R Hely

JOCKEY: Mick Dittman

BREEDER: Peter Setchell

RACE RECORD: $778,120

PRIZEMONEY: 14 starts, 9 wins, 4 seconds, 1 third


In a brief yet brilliant career on the turf, prodigiously talented Red Anchor recorded nine wins from 14 starts.  He was undefeated in his three-year-old season, claiming the title of 1984-85 Australian Champion Racehorse. As a two-year-old he was trained by Paul Sutherland at Rosehill, winning the Champagne Stakes and the Queensland Sires’ Produce Stakes before being transferred to Hall of Fame Legend T.J. Smith. A superb spring campaign in 1984 included Caulfield Guineas, Cox Plate and Victoria Derby successes. Shortly after his win in the 1985 weight-for-age Apollo Stakes, Red Anchor was retired to stand at Baramul Stud.

"I've been on plenty of good ones - horses like Gurner's Lane, Strawberry Road and Grosvenor - but Red Anchor is the best." - Mick Dittman (jockey)

Major Wins

  • Champagne Stakes; 1984; Royal Randwick
  • QTC Sires' Produce Stakes; 1984; Eagle Farm
  • Moonee Valley Stakes; 1984; Moonee Valley
  • Caulfield Guineas; 1984; Caulfield
  • W. S. Cox Plate; 1984; Moonee Valley
  • Victoria Derby; 1984; Flemington
  • Apollo Stakes; 1985; Royal Randwick