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Founding father of trotting into Hall of Fame

02:13 AM 10 Oct 2017 NZDT
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C F Charlie Cooley, harness racing
C F Charlie Cooley

Charles Cooley was one of the founding fathers of harness racing in Tasmania so it is just reward that he has finally made it into the Tasmanian harness Racing Hall of fame.

Cooley was born in Hobart in 1870 and he was a pioneer of trotting in Tasmania and became a Foundation member of the Hobart Trotting Club.

He also enjoyed success as an owner, trainer and driver-rider.

His best horses included Black Bess with 8 wins, Acacia notched up seven victories with Bruno winning the Champion Mile in 1904.

Cooley was the first Tasmanian trainer to win professional races in Melbourne and Sydney in the early 1900's.

He imported Dolly Berlin from New Zealand, the Dam of champion racehorse and sire Berlinwood.

His career as a race rider was cut short in a race fall in 1913 but he quickly bounced back turning his hand to administration, carrying out roles as judge, handicapper and starter for his beloved Hobart Trotting Club.

Charles Cooley passed away in 1922 so it is almost century on that one of the founding fathers of trotting in Tasmania has finally been honoured as an inductee to the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

Peter Staples

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