HARNESS racing lost part of its royalty with the sad passing of well-known and popular Menangle Park identity, Kay Caffyn on Sunday [July 9].
Kay was 83.
Born on November 24, 1939, Kay Allison Caffyn was part of the famous ‘Binskin’ dynasty from Bankstown.
Her father was top trainer and driver Jack, while her big brother was Club Menangle ‘Legend’, John Binskin.
Around the horses all her life, Kay married Jimmy Caffyn and their home became Menangle Park, where Jimmy worked as curator of the old Menangle track.
Kay had a double-cross of harness racing royalty, with husband Jimmy, of course, being the son of the legendary J. C. (Jim) Caffyn.
Kay’s pride and joy was purchasing a trotter from New Zealand with close friend and neighbour, Harry Martin, in 1963.
That trotter was Court Fancy.
With Jimmy Caffyn at the reins, Court Fancy won four races at Harold Park, highlighted by winning the feature 1964 Summer Trotters Cup in grand style.
Court Fancy also finished second to Lucky Song in the 1964 Easter Trotters Cup, as well being placed in a heat and contesting the final of the Australasian Trotters Championship held during the Inter Dominion carnival at Melbourne Showgrounds that year.
Over the years Kay raced many horses with Jimmy. She was his constant companion at the races and always ran an efficient ‘ship’ at home.
Apart of harness racing being her life, Kay was a devout St George rugby league tragic.
Sadly, illness crept up on Kay in recent times before she passed away surrounded by her loving family.
Kay Caffyn’s funeral will take place on Thursday, July 13 at 2pm at St James Anglican Church Menangle, 131 Menangle Road in the Menangle township.
National Trotguide, along with Club Menangle Chairman, directors and staff and our big harness racing family offer our condolences to Jimmy (Kay’s husband for more than 64 years) and sons Shane and Glenn and his family and friends at this sad time.
- PETER COLLIER