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Red Anchor

Red Anchor was a notable Thoroughbred racehorse who raced in Australia with wins in eight Principal Races.

A chestnut son of Sea Anchor (IRE) from the mare Decoy Girl (GB) by Decoy Boy, he was foaled in 1981 in New Zealand and was trained by trainer Tommy Smith after originally being trained by Paul Sutherland.

His promising career was cut short by injury and he was retired from racing during his three-year-old season.

Amongst his major wins were the 1984 MVRC W.S. Cox Plate, 1984 VRC Victoria Derby and the 1984 VATC Caulfield Guineas.[1]

In 1985 he was awarded the Australian Horse of the Year award.

Sent to stud following his short racing career he had modest success siring five stakeswinners with seven stakeswins, including Navy Seal winner of the 1994 AJC Epsom Handicap.

Red Anchor died in 2001.


Race Record

14 starts - 9 wins, 4 seconds, 1 third



Major Wins

Red Anchor won the following major races:

  • 1984 AJC Champagne Stakes – (1,600m) – G1
  • 1984 MVRC W.S. Cox Plate – (2,040m) – G1
  • 1984 VATC Caulfield Guineas – (1,600m) – G1
  • 1984 VRC Victoria Derby – (2,500m) – G1
  • 1984 MVRC Moonee Valley Stakes – (1,600m) – G2
  • 1984 QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes – (1,400m) – G2
  • 1984 Tatt’s NSW Roman Consul Stakes – (1,200m) – Listed
  • 1985 AJC Apollo Stakes – (1,400m) – G2


  1. Digby, John; "Thoroughbred Families and Sires of Australian and New Zealand", AJC & VRC, 2002


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