Fifty years for Sir Gerald

A collection of Sir Gerald memorabilia. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.

This year is the 50-year anniversary of Cummins-bred horse Sir Gerald winning the South Australian Group one Derby on October 6.

Port Lincoln resident Peter Sheehan’s family owned the horse, which his father bred from an English-imported Kadina Sire.

“It really was my father’s horse, he sadly died before it raced,” Mr Sheehan said.

“We leased it out to publicans in Port Lincoln after he passed.

“I kept him after he retired – we will never see a horse like Sir Gerald again.”

The breeding Mare was purchased by Mr Sheehan’s father from the Duke of Norfolk for £6000 in the 1950s.

Sir Gerald not only won the SA Derby, but some other big wins including the Western Australian Belgravia Stakes.

After retirement, Sir Gerald was kept by Mr Sheehan as a sire, his foals even winning a few Port Lincoln Cups.