WA harness racing lost one of its most successful lady trainers with the passing yesterday of Cass Haese – one day after her 83rd birthday.
Cass trained some 119 winners including 47 in Perth and she remains the only woman to train a WA Oaks winner. Alfa Dyna, which was bred by Cass and her late husband Keith, won the 1992 WA Oaks three weeks after winning that years Country Derby.
Alfa Dyna won a total of 12 races for Cass and other good winners for her were the 1995 Bunbury and Harvey Cups winner Scanio which won 22 races, 1987 WA Breeders Stakes winner Alfa Freeway which won a total of 22 races and the smart Motobuchi which won 19 races.
Cass trained a pair of 2yo Silver Bracelet Stakes winners in Gay Adventure and Alfa Triumph.
Even more remarkable is that each of Cass’s 47 Perth wins came with horses she and her husband bred and reared themselves.