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Sire Admiral's Luck (GB)
Dam Maneroo (5)
Grandsire Precipitation
Damsire Siegfried (GB)
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1947
Country New Zealand
Color Chestnut
Breeder T Fraser
Owner T Fraser
Record 25: 23-2-0
Earnings £28,985
Mainbrace is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Maneroo (5) by Admiral's Luck (GB). He was born around 1947 in New Zealand, and was bred by T Fraser.
Major wins
1951 Great Northern Derby
New Zealand St. Leger
Great Northern Guineas
New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 29 July 2009

Mainbrace was a champion New Zealand Thoroughbred racehorse who won 23 of his 25 race starts and was placed second in the other two. When he broke down he had won 17 races in succession, which was only two behind Gloaming and Desert Gold's Australasian record. He, also, on eight different occasions he either equalled or broke the race record. He is regarded as one of the greatest horses to have ever raced in New Zealand.[1]

Included among his wins are the Great Northern Derby, New Zealand St. Leger, Great Northern Foal Stakes, Royal Stakes, Champagne Stakes, Great Northern Guineas, Wellington Guineas, Foxbridge Plate, King's Plate, Wellington Stakes, Gloaming Stakes, Trentham Stakes and the Awapuni Gold Cup.[1]

He was retired to stud in 1953, but was a disappointing sire. The best of his progeny being Forebrace (won ARC Mitchelson Cup), Main Affair (ARC Ladies Mile) and Native Diver (ARC Queen Elizabeth Handicap).[2] His daughter, Topaz produced Chimbu who won the Auckland Cup and ARC Queen Elizabeth Handicap.[3]

In 2008 Mainbrace was inducted into New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.

See also

  • List of notable Thoroughbred racehorses


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6
  2. ASB: Mainbrace (NZ) Retrieved 201-6-21
  3. Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software


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