Free Holmes

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Free Holmes was a driver of standardbred racehorses in New Zealand, possibly the most famous that New Zealand has ever had. He was known as "The Grand Old Man of Trotting". He is notable for being both a champion driver and formerly a champion jockey too! He won a unique double of the New Zealand Cup in 1888 for thoroughbreds, at Riccarton, riding Manton, and in 1919 driving Trix Pointer to win the NZ Trotting Cup at the Addington Raceway.[1] As a jockey, he also won the 1894 Grand National Hurdles and 1895 Great Northern Hurdles and Steeplechase with Liberator.[2] He also won two Auckland Trotting Cups.

"Old Free" as he was reverently known in the trotting fraternity was also an expert in the management of thoroughbred horses. He successful raced, trained and owned horses both over the fences and on the flat. He also rode and drove trotters.[3] His son Maurice Holmes was also a driving legend.

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