M.R.C Invitation Stakes
1954 M.R.C Invitation Stakes
These riders competed in the MRCs 4th Invitation Stakes at Caulfield on Show Day Thursday 30th September 1954
Back row: R.Hutchsion (VIC), W.Pyers (SA),A.Burton (VIC), W.Williamson (VIC),G.Hughes (NT), W.Camer (NSW), N.Sellwood (NSW), J.Johnson (SA), J.Purtell (VIC)
Front row: B.Gilders (VIC), P.Glennon (SA), A.Ward (NSW), W.Cook (NSW), F.Moore (WA), E.Cox (TAS), N.Best (QLD)
Race won by Rio Janeiro ridden by J.Purtell 2nd. St Joel 3rd. Royal Ascot
The Melbourne Race Club Invitation Stakes was first run at Caulfield in the spring carnival of 1951.The M.R.C secretary Mr. J. C. Reilly thought it would be a good promotion for the club to host an invitational race that would see the best riders from all the states and territories of Australia in the same race.The annual Melbourne show-day holiday in late September was chosen as the ideal time to stage the event.