The Australian Trainers' Association Federal Executive is deeply saddened by the passing of highly respected veteran Caulfield trainer, Foundation Member and Former Vice President of the ATA, R.G. (Kel) Chapman.
In appreciation of his loyal services, contribution and valued support through his long standing Membership of the ATA, along with recognition of his successful and distinguished career as a racehorse trainer, Chapman was honoured with Life Membership of the Association.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, Chapman was still involved in training as recently as last year with only a small team of horses in work, and recording a winner with GOING SPENDING during the 2011 season.
Chapman had previously named NILARCO as the best horse he trained during his long career, a career that commenced when he was first licensed in 1954. NILARCO won the Herbert Power Stakes (1961), the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1962) and the Craven Plate (1961) among many other races.
Other horses that Chapman trained to great success were CHICOLA (1958 VRC Oaks and Wakeful Stakes), GOSSIPER (1972 AJC Oaks and Craiglee Stakes), WHAT'S THE VERDICT (1971 Thousand Guineas) and CENDRILLON (1966 Thousand Guineas and 1967 Futurity Stakes).
Chapman is also one of only a select few trainers to win consecutive St Legers with CHICOLA (1959) and NILARCO (1960).
Kel is survived by wife Lorraine, daughter Jenny and son’s David and Geoffrey.
Our sincerest condolences are extended to Kel’s family and his many friends in racing.