Vale, Jaime Mackay

Cangon Stud owner Jaime Mackay enjoyed numerous highlights in a life that was tragically cut short by a heart-attack last Friday.

His Dungog property in the Hunter Valley has been a part of the Mackay family for five generations.

Mackay, 63, captained the Australian Polo team for ten years from1986 and led them to victories over New Zealand (1987) and the United Kingdom (1988).  He also captained a Commonwealth team on a tour of the United States in 1989.

He was recently co-coach of the Australian Test team.  His son Jock was in the national team and, at the time of his father’s death, was competing in England.

Mackay expanded his involvement with thoroughbreds in the last decade and won the LR Keith Mackay Quality at Randwick in April 2010 with Dubawi filly Golden Millennium.

The race honours that of an earlier member of the Mackay family.  Jaime and his wife Jennifer also bred the stakes winners He’s No Pie Eater, Miss Kariba, Katima, Whoever, Vanquished and Golden Millennium

Their homebred Southern Girl (More Than Ready) scored at last week’s Scone carnival.  Cangon is home to the stallions Nothin’ Leica Dane, Choistar, Recapitalize and Sea Battle.