Cricket legend Richie Benaud, who has died aged 84, was a keen racing man.
“Richie was a valued member of our club, and we will miss not only his legendary commentary at the cricket, but his great passion for horse racing,” ATC chief executive officer Darren Pearce said. “He was a regular visitor to Randwick and, with the rest of Australia and the international cricketing community, we pay great tribute to a wonderful life.”
The ATC plan to acknowledge Benaud during Day 2 of the Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Benaud was a trained journalist and started out as a cadet on the newspaper police rounds. He had owned thoroughbreds, was a shrewd punter and keen student of the form. He admired the greats like Black Caviar and saw her win at Randwick.
Benaud was a great friend of famous English racecaller Sir Peter O’Sullevan who taught him about broadcasting. He also built a strong friendship with Colin and Betty Hayes. When in Adelaide for a Test, he would take some guests out to their racing and breeding establishment at Lindsay Park.