Ammon Ra

Ammon Ra was a Bay New Zealand thoroughbred gelding. He raced in Australia. Ammon Ra competed from age two to five, recording 17 wins in races from 5 furlongs to 1½ miles. Champion jockey Maurice McCarten won 10 races and the Sydney Jockeys premiership in 1938-39. Later he became the leading Sydney trainer from 1948-1949 and 1951-1952.[1][2]

Ammon Ra
SireLimond (GB)
GrandsireDesmond (GB)
DamHyades (NZ)
DamsireHymettus (GB)
CountryNew Zealand
BreederDr E.H.B.Milsom
Record29: 17, 4, 1
Major wins
Trentham Stakes (1931)
WRC Wellington Stakes (1931)
AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1931)
Hobartville Stakes (1931)
Chelmsford Stakes (1931)
AJC Derby (1931)
Caulfield Guineas (1931)
St George Stakes (1932)
Futurity Stakes (1932)
C.M Lloyd Stakes (1932)
Rawson Stakes (1932)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1932)
1932 AJC St Leger racebook showing Ammon Ra, placed 2nd.


Ammon Ra was bred by Dr Edwin Milsom and passed in at auction for 450 guineas. He was raced initially in his colours, then sold for 3,500 guineas. Limond (GB) was the leading sire in New Zealand from 1930-1931 and the winner of 9 Derbys in Australia and New Zealand, as well as 25 Southern Hemisphere classics. Limond sired the champion Limerick, Veilmond 1931 AJC St Leger and VRC St Leger, Theo 1934 AJC Derby and VRC Derby and Limarch 1934 AJC St Leger and VRC St Leger.[3][4][5][6][7]

Dam Hyades (NZ) produced winning fillies in New Zealand, including Prodice 1929 ARC Great Northern Oaks, 1930 ARC Avondale Cup and Phaola 1925 ARC Avondale Stakes.[8]

Breeder, Dr Edwin Milsom qualified as a medical practitioner at Guy's Hospital, London University and was an honorary surgeon for 19 years at Auckland hospital.[9]

Racing careerEdit

Ammon Ra raced between 1930-1934. He was brilliant in his second and third years, winning the classic 1931 AJC Derby from Johnnie Jason 1931 VRC Derby and defeated champions Chatham in the 1932 C. M. Lloyd Stakes and Nightmarch 1932 AJC Chipping Norton Stakes and 1932 RRC Rawson Stakes. Recurring bleeding issues at 4 and 5 years old forced his retirement in New Zealand.[10]

Trainer Jack Jamieson originally trained from Awapuni, Palmerston North New Zealand. He was a contemporary of trainers H. A. Telford and T. R. George, winning the New Zealand trainers premiership in 1929-1930 and making many successful visits to Sydney before purchasing stables at Botany Street, Randwick in 1934. His notable winners included the champion High Caste, Prince Humphrey 1928 AJC Derby, Closing Time 1933 AJC Villiers Stakes, 1934 VRC Linlithgow Stakes, Limarch 1934 AJC St Leger and VRC St Leger and Gold Salute 1940 Toorak Handicap and 1940 Cantala Stakes. Jamieson died in New Zealand in June 1945.[11][12][13][14]

Owner Clifford Sheath, originally from Auckland, was a Sydney businessman and director of Lifeguard Tobacco Limited.[15]

Ammon Ra's racing record: 29 starts for 17 wins, 4 seconds, 1 thirds and 7 unplaced runs.[16]


  1. ^ Arrold, Tony (1983). More Champions. Sydney: Tralca. pp. 12–14. ISBN 0959445811. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Maurice McCarten". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ National Library of Australia (7 October 1931). "Ammon Ra Breeding Lines" (P 9). Referee Sydney NSW. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Leading Sires of New Zealand". Thoroughbred Heritage. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Ammon Ra Tabulated Pedigree". Pedigree Query. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Limond Breeding". Pedigree Query. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Ammon Ra Stud Book". Australian Stud Book. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  8. ^ National Library of Australia (2 November 1933). "NZ Brood Mares" (P 8). Referee Sydney NSW. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Dr Edwin Milsom". Kings of The Turf. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  10. ^ National Library of Australia (7 October 1931). "1931 AJC Derby" (P 24). Sydney Mail NSW. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  11. ^ Papers Past (25 June 1945). "Jack Jamieson Trainer Death" (P 8). Evening Post. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Australian Turf Club Feature Results". Australian Turf Club. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Jack Jamieson and Maurice McCarten". Fairfax Photos. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  14. ^ National Library of Australia (8 September 1934). "Randwick Stable Purchase" (P 1). Sydney Sportsman NSW. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  15. ^ "National Library of Australia" (P 4). Daily Commercial News and Shipping. 27 September 1933. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Ammon Ra Career Starts". Racehorse Talk. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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