Rose of the East
1877-07-23, Eu Tong Sen was born in Penang.
He was the only son of Eu Kong-pui also known as Eu Kong (1853 – 1891) by his first wife, Madam Leung.
Eu Kong Pui was the founder of Chinese medicine company Eu Yan Sang.
He was descent of Foshan in Guangdong, China and settled down in the small mining town of Gopeng, Perak.
He was vice-president of the Anti-Opium Society and a member of the Kinta Sanitary Board.
Race of the West
Eu and Chung Thye Phin, the Kapitan China of Perak, were “blood” brothers
They had keen interests on motorcars, racehorses, country houses, etc.
They jointly built a weekend retreat, “Forest Lodge”, at Gopeng Road with a large stable.
He was the millionaire who built the attractive castles at Repulse Bay and Bonham Road, and whose sons perpetuate his prominence in Hong Kong life.
1932, Eu began with one pony, named JACK SHARKEY, paying tribute to an American heavyweight boxing champion.
Later he owned the fine ROSE ponies (ROSE ELECT, ROSE EVELYN, ..etc.).
At the Fourth Extra Meeting, ROSE QUEEN and Mr Dynasty’s KING’S JUBILEE dead-heated for the St. George’s Plate Handicap and Mr Eu tossed Mr Pearce for the trophy, and won.
Established favourite, she then gladdened many people with an excellent win, to pay $15.
1939, Mr Eu Tong-sen was the largest participant. His string had grown to 20, while Mrs Eu had one.
Five of them, with 17 commitments, did not start.
The other 18 made in all 133 starts — but scored only eight wins and 20 places.
1941-05-11《Hong Kong Telegraph》confirmed that ROSE ELECT raced only one year, for $8,873.
1941-05-11 Eu Tong Sen passed away due to heart attack, at the age of 63.
Mrs Eu kept racing her horses for years, DESERT CHIEF and CHILTERN were among her string.
Her silk was crimson cap and yellow Jacket, a reverse of Mr Eu’s color of crimson Jacket and yellow cap.