Brayfield (Yellow Water Buffalo) 1879-04-26 — 1960-04-19
1879-04-26, Mr Thomas Henry Gordon (George) Brayfield was born in York, England.
He went by steamship Ss Ardovn to Australia, his first venture to the Far East.
Brayfield worked on ships taking cheap Chinese labour to gold-fields in Australia and South Africa for a year.
He joined Carmichael and Clark, Marine Surveyors and came to Hongkong.
During WWI, he served with the Royal Engineers for a time and then transferred to the Royal Navy.
He took part in the Gallipoli landings and held the rank of Lieutenant.
He returned to Hongkong and became a partner in Carmichael and Clark.
That entertaining character Mr T. H. G. Brayfield began racing.
He named himself as “Mr Ritchfield”.
His LAIDLOW won the Wongneichong Stakes.
He lived at Taipo, came into conflict with the Railway authorities there and waged with them a perpetual war of satire.
Someone dubbed him the BURGOMASTER of Taipo, and he named one of his ponies BURGOMASTER.
1925-05-15, he was accused of broken two glass bottles with mosquitos inside. He was said to have wished to travel second class by train and to have resented being informed that Europeans could not travel second class.
1925-05-21, he claimed challengingly to be Chinese though lost his battle with the Railway by adopting the name “Mr Wong Sui-ngau” (Yellow Water Buffalo).
The odd name which also became his stable name.
His colors were “Cream, mosquito on chest, pink cap”.
This was his subtle allusion to a summons which he issued against the Railway authorities for permitting mosquitoes to breed on their property.
He refused to pay the bill.
Court proceedings followed, to the amusement of the Hongkong gossip.
Young owners brought a flood of new names.
Notable among them were Messrs H. A. Seth, A. E. S. Alves and the independent T. H. G. Brayfield.
The last-named made his presence felt in the Club, but the available minutes contain little reference to him.
Later, he was depicted as one of the folk legends as well as racing stories due to legal disputes.
An interesting subscription griffin was BURGOMASTER, owned by Mr Wong Sui-ngau (Mr Yellow Water Buffalo).
BURGOMASTER was the provocative nom de turf of Mr T. H. G. Brayfield.
BURGOMASTER started nineteen times in his first year, but won only twice.
1938-12-17 B L Tao SALVAGE MASTER won the Subscription Autumn Champions Stakes in comfortable style from PIET HEIN.
1938-12-19, Brayfield libel case ended: a cent damage awarded to plaintiff.
During the Japanese occupation, he was interned in Stanley.
Afterwards, he was not connected with Carmichael and Clark.
He entered a new BURGOMASTER.
Mr S. A. Sleap became a resident supervisor, and, under the rules, he resigned from the Board of Stewards, after 12 years’ service.
At a meeting of members Mr T. H. G. Brayfield paid tribute to him and said,
“Since his return to Hong Kong, following the reoccupation of the Colony, he has handled all the wonderful improvements to our building and course, culminating in what you now see.”
1955-01-22_4, daughter-in-law of HKJC Chairman Mrs Benson, presenting the Jockey Cup to novice Starr Liu who after a magnificent piece of riding.
He won the event by a length on Wong Sui-ngau‘s FLEETMASTER, 159 lbs.
The huge mosquito which forms part of owner‘s color is much in evidence.
1955-01-22_8 Marcel Samarcq gained a decisive victory FIELDMASTER to score the Sports Club Cup.
Brayfield was himself a founding member of the Sports Club.
Brayfield was also a long-standing member of the Hongkong Club and the HK Football Club.
A keen sportsman his interests were varied but his great love was racing.
He was one of the most colorful personalities.
As a bachelor, he was survived by two sisters, two half-sisters and a half brother.
Acknowledgment to Mr Peter Yuen and Mr Kelvin Lee for relevant data.
Acknowledgment to HKJC Racing Registry for offering relevant records.