CUDDLE, A Bay Filly bred in the Hawkes Bay was one of a few horses that had the ability to win two-mile races from end to end. Few still have the ability to win or versatility to win over this extreme distance and then come out and win at one mile and 10 furlongs in consecutive starts.
CUDDLE was one of the few that did and on more than one occasion. Her two Auckland Cups (1935 and 1936), each won in record time, were followed by wins in the Weight-For-Age-Kings Plate and the Clifford Plate giving her the perfect record of six wins from six starts at Ellerslie. Trained at Trentham by Tommy George, CUDDLE had 67 starts for 24 wins, 14 seconds and 5 thirds for stakes of 12,092 pounds reflecting the depressed times she raced in.
CUDDLE died in June 1955 at the age of 25 but her name lives on. The Cuddle Stakes, a prestige event for Fillies and Mares, has been staged by the Wellington Racing Club since 1967.
A fitting tribute to one of New Zealand’s great race mares.
The 2019 race was the 53rd recorded running of this event