FAMILY TIES: Kath and Mark Moller represent Fred Shean.
FAMILY TIES: Kath and Mark Moller represent Fred Shean. Contributed

Shean inducted in Hall of Fame

FORMER jockey Fred Shean was one of five inductees into the Racing Queensland Hall of Fame.

Shean, who was born at Banana and etched his name into the history of the Australian racing industry by winning the Melbourne Cup on Catalogue in 1938, was honoured at the Queensland Thoroughbred Awards in Brisbane on Sunday, September 16.

Shean had an excellent run in 1938, winning the Caulfield Cup on Buzalong, the Williamstown Cup on Manolive, the Epsom Handicap on King's Head, the AJC Oaks on Sweet Myrna and numerous other feature races.

However he is best remembered for winning that year's Melbourne Cup.

After retiring from the saddle, Shean held a trainer's licence for a few years, however he remained an enthusiastic race-goer.

Kath and Mark Moller, Shean's niece and great-nephew, accepted the award on his behalf after his induction into Queensland Racing Hall of Fame.

"There is a large amount of Queensland jockeys who have won the Melbourne Cup but probably none that have won as many feature races in the one year as what Fred had,” Mr Moller said.

"It's good to see they are recognising the older success stories rather than just brushing them aside.

"We are all still heavily involved in racing, so we appreciate the respect Fred still has in the industry and it's great to have that acknowledged.”

Other inductees included a champion racehorse from the early 1900s, Molly's Robe, trainer Con Doyle and associates Ceb Barnes and Bart Sinclair.


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