YEAR: 2008


Dick Caskey was never afraid to race his horses. A good example was Torle, a smart mare by Able Bye Bye who had 46 starts in the 1978-79 season. She won six races.

Tortuff was another busy campaigner, racing 127 times and gaining her solitary win at Gore when having her 119th start. He won four races with Torpast, and eight with the dual-gaited Armbrowood who raced 162 times.

By far his best, however, was Bambi, a big horse by Forward from Ikawai who won 11 races. In 1971, he beat Merrin and Tony Bear in the Worthy Queen Handicap, and twice he won the West Coast Trotting Stakes - from Mighty Chief and Deodatus, and Able Adios and Fri a year later.

A quiet, retiring person, Caskey died last week in Timaru at the age of 78. He was a keen supporter and willing traveller to meetings throughout the South Island.

Credit: Mike Grainger writing in HRWeekly 23Jan08

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