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    FRED MALES

    ONE of the last links to Melbourne’s first night trotting program is no longer with us. After suffering a heart attack, which hospitalised him... One of the last links to first night trotting program lost

    ONE of the last links to Melbourne’s first night trotting program is no longer with us.

    After suffering a heart attack, which hospitalised him for the past month, Fred Males peacefully died last Friday at the age of 89.

    While saddened by the veteran horseman’s passing, his family are delighted Males’ colours enjoyed a farewell victory the previous night.

    In what can only be described as fate, White House Sweet scored at Shepparton at the remarkable odds of $122!

    In what the pacer’s first win in more than two years.

    Clinton McSwain, who trains the mare, sported Males’ blue and white silks as he guided White House Sweet to glory.

    McSwains wife, Joelene, is Males’ granddaughter.

    “Our Pa gifted his colours to my sister Joelene when she started race driving,” Danielle Milne explained.

    “For his colours to win and him to hear all about it on the morning before he died is so special.”

    FRED MALES bringing Speedy Return to scale after winning at Cranbourne in 1979

    A successful horseman Males registered his first driving win with Speedy Bill at Warragul in 1950.

    Later that year Speedy Bill provided Males with his maiden metropolitan triumph when too slick at the Ascot Vale Showgrounds.

    Males also won races under saddle, including a double at Woodend on November 17 1945 when riding Belle Redmond and Shy John.

    Although he trained numerous top performers throughout his career, Males is best remembered for his associated with classy trotter Tara Gold.

    Among the mare’s wins is a heat of the inaugural Australasian Trotting Championship when she beat Gramel in 1964.

    Tara Gold finished second behind Gramel in the Final in a drive which wasn’t Males’ best but summed up his character.

    Here is an extract of a report describing Males’ tactics: “Tara Gold was one of the first to begin, but Wonwondah began better and the pair cut each other’s throat in an effort to get the inside running. The duo went hammer and tong for at least a lap-and-a-half before Fred Males took the sit with Tara Gold.”

    Tara Gold was beaten a neck as Gramel slashed a second from track record.

    National Trotguide extends his condolences to Males’ family and friends.

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