Derby 1961-05-06_3 WALBROOK

Broke the Wall; Stroke the Hall





The 1960-61 season ended on a high note for punters with the Derby and other events.

Favourites and second favourites monopolized the dividends.

No less than 5 first and 3 second market choices provided success in a nine-race card.


The programme was the 13th Race Meeting and the season finale.

The track was heavy following overnight rain and drizzle which persisted for most to the afternoon.





The Derby classic event run on Saturday with further historical importance was bestowed upon it.

So far as can be traced, this was the first Derby ever won by the Hong Kong Bank Mess stable.

All were Sub. Griffins entry with 8 starters.

The principal event of the day – the Hongkong Derby – was won very easily by WALBROOK, the hot favourite.

The four-year-old chestnut gelding reveled in the going and won unchallenged.


1961-05-06_3 The 84th Derby WALBROOK

owner: Wayfoong

trainer: Nigel Metrevelli

jockey: Robert Tsai

distance: About 1 mile 3 furlongs 65 yards





POLE MARK (J M Cruz) set the pace right from the start.

POLE MARK made most of the running but WALBROOKwas always well-placed .

FIRST PRIZE (Alex Lam) and WALBROOK (Robert Tsai) followed behind gamely.

The pair began to make their moves along the backstraight.

But POLE MARK held on well to lead the way down the Rock.

They joined the issue rounding the final bend.

Once in line for home the result was never in doubt.


WALBROOK ran up strongly turning into the homestraight and romped home.

He won by six lengths, done in 2 mins 33.2 secs.

He was accorded a rousing reception as he passed the post.

Following the comfortable winner, POLE MARK still raced on the finish second.

Another 1 1/2 lengths behind, DINNA KEN (H M Botelho) banked on a strong rush to take third place.

FIRST PRIZE and FASCOT (Albert Lam) were the last two.





It is understood that WALBROOK was the first “maiden” to win the event in the post-war era.

In his three previous outings this season he was second twice and third on the other occasion.

Mr Robert Tsai scored his second Derby after his previous one nine years ago.


Champion jockey for the season, Chun Kit drew a blank.

But was so far in front before the Finale that only a miracle could rob him of the title.

Mrs A Arbold wife of HKJC presented the champion jockey trophy to him.


The Bank Mess appeared among the owners in a period of which no record remains.

1904-02-23, there was the first trace of it, entering one pony in that Annual.

The stable has always borne the Bank’s Chinese name (Wayfoong) and used the Bank’s colours (Red with white hoops).

Mr Wayfoong’s results were never very spectacular.

Finally, the stable took the Derby, apparently its first Blue Ribbon and not the last.





WALBROOK, is the name of a bank street near the HSBC headquarters in London.

The excellent transliteration of its Chinese name is so close.

It is thought that the brook was named because it ran through or under the London Wall.

Another theory is the name comes from Weala broc meaning ‘brook of the Welsh’


Mr Robert Tsai had three Derby Blue Ribbons in his racing career, WALBROOK was his second classic victory.





Derby, The Hong Kong Racing Tradition – 《RacingMemories.HK》

Derby 1947-01-14_3 NORSE QUEEN – 《RacingMemories.HK》

Derby 1952-05-31_6 KNOCK-DOWN – 《RacingMemories.HK》



Acknowledgment to Mr Peter Yuen and Mr Kelvin Lee for relevant data.

Acknowledgment to Mr Donald Tsai for offering relevant records and photos.





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