The Australian Trainers’ Association Federal Executive and Management are deeply saddened by the passing of highly respected legendary trainer, true legend of the turf and former ATA Federal President, Robert (Bob) E Hoysted AM at the age of 88.
Bob Hoysted belonged to one of Australia's best known racing families. Hoysted began his career working for his illustrious father, trainer Fred Hoysted, before branching out on his own as a public trainer in 1956.
Bob said it was never his intention to follow his father into the racing industry and had other work lined up after serving in World War II, but when his father became very ill, he stayed to look after the horses.
He strapped and formed a very close bond with Rising Fast.
During his training career Bob went on to prepare many fine horses, but none better than the great Manikato. In 1978, he took over the training of Manikato after the death of his brother Bon.
Over the next five seasons, Manikato won five William Reid Stakes, the Marlboro Cup, Caulfield Guineas, three C.F. Orr Stakes, four Futurity Stakes, two George Ryder Stakes, the Doomben 10,000, and the Queen Elizabeth Cup at Caulfield in the presence of the Queen in 1981.
Other outstanding horses trained by Hoysted were River Rough, which won two Pure Pak (now Salinger) Stakes and two Lightning Stakes; Rose of Kingston, winner of the AJC Champagne Stakes, VRC Oaks, AJC Derby and SAJC Derby; VRC Oaks winner, Spirit of Kingston; Blue Diamond Stakes winners Aare and Love A Show; as well as Sydeston, winner of the Caulfield Cup, Moonee Valley Cup and Sandown Cup.
Hoysted also made an outstanding contribution to the racing industry, serving as President of the Australian Trainers' Association from 1985 - 1997. 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, Bob was honoured with Life Membership of the Association. Australian trainers owe Bob Hoysted a debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts and dedication towards improving the lives and careers of those involved in the profession.
Bob was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services and contribution to racing and was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2008, joining his father Fred and equine champions Rising Fast and Manikato.
Our sincerest condolences are extended to Bob’s wife Iris, daughters Merilyn and Rhonda, the extended Hoysted family and his many friends in racing.