Creswick Sprint Series: Honouring a legacy of horsemanship

4 July 2024 Written by VRC

The Creswick Sprint Series celebrates emerging talent in three-year-old sprinters while honouring the enduring legacy of Sir Alexander (Alec) Reid Creswick, a pivotal figure in Australian racing and equestrian sports.

The Creswick Sprint Series, aimed at three-year-old sprinters, is a highlight in the racing calendar with heats conducted at Flemington and Caulfield. Spanning distances between 1000m and 1200m, the series culminates in the $175,000 Listed Creswick Sprint Series Final (1200m) on Flemington Finals Race Day. This series not only showcases emerging talent but also honours Sir Alexander (Alec) Reid Creswick, a figure deeply embedded in the history of Australian racing and equestrian sports.

Sir Alexander (Alec) Reid Creswick (1912–83) served on the VRC Committee for 24 years, including a term as Chairman from 1969 to 1977. His great-great-grandfather, Henry Creswick, was a foundation committee member of the Victoria Racing Club in 1864. Sir Alec’s contributions to the equine world were many. He was not only the Master of the Melbourne Hunt Club and a leading polo player, but also headed the Equestrian Federation of Australia. His passion extended to the Olympic Games, where he was a practical supporter of Australian participation.

A distinguished horseman, Sir Alec bred and raced many fine racehorses, including the champion filly True Course. His legacy lives on through the Creswick Sprint Series, reflecting his lifelong dedication to horse racing and equestrian sports.

Though relatively new, the Creswick Sprint Series is shaping up to become a part of history, with an honour roll that includes Nature Strip, Gytrash, Passive Aggressive, and Renosu. These races are a proving ground for future champions, offering a glimpse of potential stars in the making. The Listed A.R. Creswick Stakes as it was previously known, was first was first run in his honour in 1998, a fitting tribute to Sir Alec’s impact on the sport.