Respected Queensland trainer Tom Dawson dies   Leave a comment

Respected Queensland trainer Tom Dawson dies

Dawson had a soft spot for Ima Shadow, a bold, front-running middle-distance horse who won a total of 31 races, including 25 under his care.

Tom Dawson with one of his stable warriors, Spritely Jet, back in 1997.

Tom Dawson with one of his stable warriors, Spritely Jet, back in 1997. Source: News Corp Australia

TOM Dawson, one of Queensland’s most respected and successful horse trainers, has died.

He was 98.

Although he controlled only a dozen horses at any time, Dawson was a prolific winner-producer with an extraordinary strike rate.

His best known horse was the Doomben 10,000 winner Charlton Boy, who also won the QTC Sires Produce and Guineas and the Tramway Stakes at Randwick.

Other notable stable winners were Ivanhoe (Queensland Guineas), Lochinvar (Doomben Newmarket), Lord Diere (Ascot Handicap), Blessed Proof (Ascot Handicap), Princess Tiber (Goldmarket) and Night Charmer (Queensland Guineas).

Dawson also mentored some outstanding apprentices including Merv Singho, George Sawden, Shane Scriven, Rocky Leisfield, Jamie Bayliss, Jeff McKay and his own son Tom Jr.

His wife Ada died in 2002 and he is survived by four children — Mary, Suzanne, Faye and Tom Jr — and 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Originally published as Respected Queensland trainer dies

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Posted July 31, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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