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Kindergarten (horse)

Sire KIincardine
Dam Valdore
Grandsire Gay Crusader
Damsire Valkyrian
Gender Rig[1]
Foaled 1937
Country New Zealand
Color Bay
Breeder E. N. Fitzgerald
Owner E. N. Fitzgerald
Trainer E. N. Fitzgerald
Record 35: 25-3-3
Earnings £16,080
Kindergarten is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Valdore by KIincardine. This horse was born around 1937 in New Zealand, and was bred by E. N. Fitzgerald.
Major wins
Awapuni Gold Cup (1941)
Wellington Cup (1941)
Great Northern Derby (1941)
Easter Handicap (1941, 1942)
Auckland Cup (1943)
New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame (2006)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Kindergarten (foaled 1937) was a New Zealand Thoroughbred racehorse during the early 1940s. He won many of the premier events in New Zealand including the Wellington Cup and Auckland Cup. He won over £16,000 in stake money, a large amount during the War. In his one trip to Australia he was allocated a prohibitive weight, and came third in the Warwick Stakes to High Caste and Freckles, two great Australian champions. After the race he was unsettled, and rather than risk damage, he was returned to New Zealand.

Three times he was assessed as top weight in the Melbourne Cup, a race in which he would never partake, sometimes at a greater handicap than the mighty Phar Lap.

As a three year-old, Kindergarten won ten of 13 races, with those ten coming in a row after starting the season with three minor placings. Among his victories as a three year-old were the Great Northern Derby, Wellington Cup and the first of his two victories in the Easter Handicap, in which he carried 9 st 11 lb, the highest weight ever carried to victory in the race by a three year-old.

His Auckland Cup victory in 1943 is regarded as his greatest performance. He carried 10st 2lb (17lbs over Weight for Age) in a high-quality field and beat them by five lengths in a then track record time of 3 minutes 22 seconds.[2]

Overall he raced 35 times for 25 wins and 6 placings and is regarded by many who saw him race as possibly the greatest horse to have ever raced in New Zealand.[2]

He was one of five inaugural inductees into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, alongside the other four turf immortals Carbine, Gloaming, Phar Lap and Sunline.

See also

  • List of notable Thoroughbred racehorses


  1. Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6 He was a double rig and although he was recorded as a stallion he was infertile.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970

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