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Leilani (horse)

Sire Oncidium (GB)
Dam Lei
Grandsire Alcide
Damsire Summertime (GB)
Gender Mare
Foaled 1970
Country New Zealand
Color Brown
Breeder Ian MacRae
Owner Andrew Peacock
Trainer Bart Cummings
Record 28: 14-6-6
Earnings $270,870
Leilani is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lei by Oncidium (GB). She was born around 1970 in New Zealand, and was bred by Ian MacRae.
Major wins
1974 AJC Oaks
1974 Caulfield Cup
1974 Toorak Handicap
1974 LKS Mackinnon Stakes
1974 Turnbull Stakes
1975 C F Orr Stakes
1975 St George Stakes
1974-75 Australian Horse of the Year Awards: 4YO Mare
Leilani Stakes (now MVRC Champagne Stakes)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 13 January 2010

Leilani was a champion Thoroughbred racemare that was bred in New Zealand and raced in Australia. She won six Group One races and a total of 12 black type equivalent races, during her short racing career. At the time of her retirement she held the Australasian earnings record for a mare.



Leilani was by the outstanding racehorse and sire Oncidium, her dam was the very good racemare, Lei by Summertime. Lei won 16 races and was the dam of four foals, and the three which raced were by Oncidium, making them full siblings to Leilani.[1] These three horses were all winners, with Ready O'Ready becoming a stakes winner.[2]

Racing record

During her racing career Leilani was part owned by prominent Australian politician Andrew Peacock.

At three years: 1973-74

Her principal race wins included:

  • 1974 AJC Princess Handicap, 2,000 metres

At four years: 1974-75

In 1974 Leilani started as the favourite horse and finished second in the Melbourne Cup. Her principal race wins included:

  • 1974 VRC Queen's Cup, 2,500 metres

At five years: 1975-76

Leilani was injured as a five-year-old and only had six starts for a win in the 1976 VATC St George Stakes over 1,800 metres at Weight for Age (WFA) conditions.

She was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame as the 1975 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year.[3]

Stud record

Leilani produced three named foals in Australia and New Zealand; however none of them won a stakes race.

  • 1988 filly Skylarking (foaled in Australia) by Twig Moss (foaled in France) produced one stakeswinner.
  • 1979 filly Paulownia (foaled in New Zealand) by In The Purple.
  • 1978 stallion Silver Lei (foaled in NZ) by Silver Dream, stood at stud, but has not sired any stakeswinners.[4]

Leilani died on 2 May 1990.

Leilani is Hawaiian for Heavenly Flower/Child


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6
  2. ASB: Ready O'Ready (NZ) Retrieved 2010-1-12
  3. Australian Racing Hall of Fame Retrieved 2010-1-13
  4. ASB: Leilani (NZ) Retrieved 2010-1-12


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