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Veterans Recall Aberdeen Racing at Muswellbrook

A reunion of two veteran horsemen with memories of racing at Aberdeen in the Hunter Valley will be a highlight of the Aberdeen Cup meeting at Muswellbrook on Sunday.

Veterans Recall Aberdeen Racing at Muswellbrook

A reunion of two veteran horsemen with memories of racing at Aberdeen in the Hunter Valley will be a highlight of the Aberdeen Cup meeting at Muswellbrook on Sunday.

The Aberdeen racecourse existed from 1898 until 1971when it was washed away by floods.

Hunter Valley resident Henry ‘Boyd’ Gageler, a 95-year-old living in retirement Muswellbrook who bred, owned and trained horses for over 40 years, and the kid who rode his 4YO mare Gendila to a win on the Aberdeen Cup program in 1963 will be reunited at Sunday’s race meeting.


The then 16-year-old apprentice is Tommy Ollerton, a life-long resident of Scone.

Ollerton’s win on Gendila was one of many rides he had at Aberdeen during his career in the saddle.

He went on to train successfully and still has a couple of horses in work. His son Rodney Ollerton is a leading Newcastle trainer and has two runners at Sunday’s meeting.

Gendila, the mare that won at the Aberdeen meeting, became the source of some notable winners bred by Boyd Gageler and his wife Francis including the classy Sydney sprinter Stars And Stripes who ended his racing career in America.

A colt by Red Gauntlet, Stars And Stripes was sold as a yearling and went on to win 11 races including seven in Sydney and later three in America.

Gageler had major success on the old Aberdeen track when Flower Vale, another mare he bred, owned and trained, won the 1960 Aberdeen Cup.

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