62 years on, Dick is still a winner

23:38, Dec 23 2012
Dick Molyneux
OWNER: Dick Molyneux

Dick Molyneux experienced a win as an owner at Ashburton on Friday 62 years after his first success on the same track.

Aged 86, Molyneux, of Christchurch races Semper Plus, who won on Friday.

Molyneux had his first win at Ashburton with the pacer, El Supremo in April, 1950. El Supremo, trained by F R May, won the first of two races for pacers run on the big grass track at the Ashburton County Racing Club meeting.

Molyneux had his first win as the owner of a thoroughbred with Roman Maid in the Spring Plate at Riccarton on New Zealand Cup day in 1959. He bought the mare the previous day for 625 guineas at the November bloodstock sale in Christchurch.

Roman Maid won the 1960 Easter Handicap at Riccarton when trained at Riccarton by John Barr. The daughter of Summertime - Virgo Maxima had won two races when trained by Kevin Thomson for Harold Greenwood.

Molyneux, a retired pharmacist, branched into thoroughbreds when he bought Royal Sable as a 5-year-old for 140 gns at a Christchurch dispersal sale in 1954. The Royal Arch mare won him races at Reefton, Hokitika and Kurow when trained by Vic Neale at Riccarton.


Semper Plus is trained by John and Karen Parsons who have trained other winners for Molyneux, including Strike It Lucky (three wins).

Molyneux has Semper Plus (five wins) leased from the Goodwood Stud, operated by the Fell family near Palmerston North. The Howbaddouwantit - Grandiose mare, a half sister to Fantastic Angel, a 2-year-old-old winner in Sydney, was passed in for $17,000 at the select yearling sale at Karaka.

Classic Legend, Superior Rank, Gold Tinge and Lord Manfred are other thoroughbred winners for Molyneux.

Semper Plus will bypass the Otago meeting on Wednesday.

''She would be up against it from barrier 16 on Wednesday and we will just wait for other opportunities,'' John Parsons said.

Her stablemate Final Touch, who finished third in the Challenge Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday, will now have a break.

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