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    VALE: Dr Alan Chittick VALE: Dr Alan Chittick

    POPULAR FIGURE: Dr Alan Chittick.

    HE was one of harness racing’s prominent breeders, owners, trainers and drivers as well as a show trotting broadcaster. So the sport lost another... VALE: Dr Alan Chittick

    HE was one of harness racing’s prominent breeders, owners, trainers and drivers as well as a show trotting broadcaster.

    So the sport lost another stalwart with the passing of Dr Alan James Chittick from Moss Vale, who passed away last Tuesday, June 13.

    Dr Chittick was 96.

    Born on November 30, 1926, Chittick and his family were horse lovers.

    They were involved with show horses, mainly jumpers, since the early 1900s.

    Alan graduated in 1949 and set up the Southern Highland Veterinary Centre in Moss Vale in the early 1950s.

    Many of the numerous harness racing trainers that resided and trained out of the Southern Highlands between 1960 and 1990 would have utilised Alan Chittick’s services.

    For 59 years he was a committeeman of the Bong Bong Picnic Race Club, as well as being a life member of his beloved local Moss Vale and Bowral Show Societies.

    He was a founding member, along with the late Bruce Kennedy, who passed two days prior to him, of the Moss Vale Trotting Club, formed in 1965.

    His harness racing interest went way back to the mid-1950s.

    He had training and driving success with Echo Girl, Echofine, Captain Moonlight and Kangawalla.

    His close friendship with Kevin Robinson, saw Alan place his good mare Star Peak (foaled in 1953 and by champion Silver Peak) with him.

    She won the opening race on Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Harold Park in 1960, as well as many other good wins.

    One of her progeny, Mystic Peak was a multiple Harold Park winner in the 1970s.

    One of Alan Chittick’s breeding successes came from the purchase of the mare Coronation Gift from R.C. Simpson from Armidale.

    Coronation Gift produced eight individual winners, highlighted by six-time Harold Park winning pacing mare, Burgundy Belle (2:06.2), who finished third in an Inter Dominion Consolation in 1973.

    Coronation Gift was also the dam of two outstanding trotters in the 1970s, the Herb Young-trained pair of Homage and Law Maker, both 2:07.1 winners at the trotting gait.

    Alan Chittick also dabbled in a few other things.

    He trained a couple of gallopers in the late 60s, namely Lynstock and That’s Taat, who won at Canberra.

    He was also a keen historian and collector of memorabilia.

    He was the author of four books, his latest a history booklet, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”, launched in 2017 detailing his beloved Bong Bong Picnic Race Club’s long history.

    Alan was most proud of his granddaughter, Brianna, who followed into his footsteps and now operates as a vet in Cowra.

    A lovely man with immense knowledge of horses, Alan lived a full life and was a loved friend to many.

    Dr Alan Chittick’s funeral and celebration of life will take place on Friday, June 30 at 11am at the Bong Bong Racecourse, Kangaloon Road, East Bowral.

    National Trotguide along with Club Menangle’s chairman, directors and staff offer condolences to Alan’s wife, Ruth, and his daughters, Denise and Julie, and his family and friends.

      – PETER COLLIER

    BURGUNDY BELLE (Stan Bond), bred by Dr Alan Chittick.

    National Trotguide

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