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Mr Tiz

Mr Tiz
Sire Bletchingly
Dam Yir Tiz
Grandsire Biscay
Damsire Bismark
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1984
Country Australia
Color Bay
Owner Lady & The Est late Sir James Fletcher, W D Jolly & C W Reynolds
Trainer Dave & Paul O'Sullivan
Record 36:17-2-6
Earnings $909,276
Mr Tiz is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Yir Tiz by Bletchingly. He was born around 1984 in Australia.
Major wins
Railway Stakes (1989, 1990, 1991)
Telegraph Handicap (1989, 1990)
The Galaxy (1991)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on May 11, 2010

Mr Tiz was a champion New Zealand thoroughbred racehorse, perhaps best known for his three consecutive wins in the Railway Stakes at Ellerslie - a feat no other horse has achieved before or since. He also won New Zealand's other major sprint race, the Telegraph Handicap, on two occasions.

Trained at Matamata by Dave and Paul O'Sullivan, the Australian-bred gelding raced 36 times for 17 wins, two seconds and six thirds.[1] Dave O'Sullivan, one of the most successful trainers in New Zealand racing history, labelled Mr Tiz "the greatest racehorse I've ever trained".[1]

Mr Tiz showed his potential from very early in his career, being placed in his first two starts before a maiden win at Paeroa at his third raceday appearance. From there, his career took off - he won the Hawke's Bay Guineas in just the fourth start of his career.

But it was as a four-year-old, in the 1988-89 season, that his true ability was made clear for all to see. He dead-heated with another great New Zealand sprinter, Westminster, in the Railway, and completed the rare Railway-Telegraph double at Trentham three weeks later - coincidentally, in another dead heat (this time with Festal).

He won both races again in the 1989-90 season, and completed his unprecedented Railway treble in 1991. He finished in second place in the Telegraph of that year, carrying a crushing 60.5kg and finishing two lengths behind Vain Sovereign.

Three months later came arguably his greatest performance. Few New Zealand sprinters cross the Tasman and defeat the best Australian sprinters in their own backyard, but that's exactly what Mr Tiz did in The Galaxy on April 1, 1991. But what made it truly remarkable was the manner in which he won the race. He was near the back of the field at the home turn, seemingly in a hopeless position. But he showed a breathtaking turn of foot and made up an extraordinary amount of ground to record one of the most extraordinary and greatest wins by a New Zealand horse on Australian soil.

In the last start of his career, Mr Tiz finished third in the Group 1 Gadsden at Flemington in Melbourne.

Mr Tiz is honoured with a race carrying his name at Ellerslie, the scene of his historic Railway treble. The Mr Tiz Trophy is a listed stakes race for three-year-old horses over 1200m. It is run on the third and final day of Auckland Cup Week, the most prestigious week of racing on the New Zealand calendar.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mr Tiz". Thoroughbrednet.co.nz. http://www.thoroughbrednet.co.nz/ws/Mr_Tiz.asp. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 


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