Tommy Senior Death, Obituary – The demise of the well esteemed and longtime trainer at Flemington, Tommy “T.J.” Hughes Senior, has left the Victoria Racing Club in a state of mourning. He had reached the age of 93.Folklore has it that Hughes supported stable elect Salamander to win a substantial amount of money weeks out only to have victory stolen from them in the shadow of the post by Hyperno, who was trained by Bart Cummings. This story has been passed down from generation to generation. The margin consisted of a short half head.
It would also be remembered as an epic struggle that took place at Flemington between two expert jockeys named Harry White and Roy Higgins. These two jockeys matched each other stride for stride down the Flemington straight until Harry White got the upper hand on the horse Hyperno that was trained by Bart Cummings. Although it’s cold comfort for Hughes, the race will go down in history as one of the finest in the history of Australia’s greatest race. In addition, Salamander would finish second in the Victoria Derby in 1976, a race that was won by Unaware, who was trained by Colin Hayes.
Neil Wilson, the Chairman of the VRC, paid tribute to Tommy.Although Salamander would be the horse that would bring the most attention to Hughes, Grand Cidium was undoubtedly his best. The excellent galloper’s status rose significantly after he triumphed in the 1973 Caulfield Guineas and won six of his nine races overall.
Hughes was particularly proud of Gay Master’s victory in the 1975 Sydney Cup, which took place in that year.
Hughes was able to comfortably hold his own in what is otherwise a very competitive industry at an era that featured players such as Bart Cummings, Tommy Smith, and Colin Hayes. He had an excellent palate for horse meat, and he supported his assessment with strong arguments. The betting ring would frequently be shaken by the reverberations caused by this. Our prayers are with the Hughes family at this time.