Sir Paul Chater - Horse Racing

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We hardly know what may be said to have been Sir Paul’s recreations. He was most conspicuously interested in China pony racing and was probably at the time of his death, the oldest member of the Hongkong Jockey Club. He had been a steward of the club for very many years and mention must be made of the fact that he had not missed attending the annual race meetings for the past 62 years. For very many years he was associated with his business partner the late Sir Hormusjee Mody, in a racing stable which always figured prominently in the races, and after Sir Hormusjee’s death he raced under his own name, or rather that of Sir Paul. At the last annual races in March he had the great satisfaction of once more winning the Derby, but it pleased this great citizen of the Colony still more to have won the Governors' Cup. As a steward, Judge, owner and spectator, Sir Paul has won the affection of all with whom he came into contact, from rival owner down to the most humble “mafoo” (stable boy). He attended training regularly and holds the record number of wins for a Hongkong meeting, namely fifteen.

In his 26 years as owner, Sir Paul won practically every race of importance on the Hongkong turf. For some reason or other – whether intentional or not – he has never been conspicuous in events for subscription griffins, the class of pony to encourage the small owner.In 1916 his colours of straw with white cap swept the board to the complete satisfaction of the regular followers of the stable. With different ponies, Sir Paul took first and second in both the Derby and the Champions, Triumphant Dahlia establishing records on each of the three days. In 1914, 1915, and 1916 Sir Paul won the Derby; and in 1915 and 1916 the Champions. More recently Sir Paul won a surprise Derby with Ideal Dahlia in 1923 and Glorious Dahlia this year.  In 1925 Saucy Dahlia won the Shanghai Derby and Sir Paul’s stable in Shanghai had a string of successes to its credit.  In 1922, 1923, 1925 and this year Sir Paul won the Governors’ Cup.  It goes without saying that The Chater Cup was of course presented by Sir Paul.

Extracted from The Hongkong Daily Press obituary 1926

Hong Kong Jockey Club Roll of Honour of Chairmen

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Roll of Honour, List of Chairmen

Even in 2016 Sir Paul Chater still holds the record as the longest serving Chairman of the Board of Stewards at the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club Hong Kong from 1892-1926.

Sir Paul Chater leading in another winner


Sir Paul Chater leading in another winner

It was not unusual for postcards to be printed of notable people, places or events in Hong Kong. Sir Paul can be found regularly featured in historical posts cards.

Sir Paul Chater

He was at his happiest when he was at the racecourse

Glorious Dahlia - Hong Kong Races Derby winner 1926

Lady Chater and Sir Paul leading in the 1926 Hong Kong Derby winner 'Glorious Dahlia' ridden by Teddie McBain.

Hand written note on the rear of the photo

The note on the back of the photograph written by Lilian Bagram

Lady Chater and Sir Paul

This must have been one of Sir Paul's most coveted wins and he lets the Missus lead in his winner!

Fantastic Dahlia - Hong Kong Races winner of the Governors' Cup 1926

Sir Paul Chater leading in the 1926 Hong Kong Jockey Club winner of the Governors Cup 'Fantastic Dahlia' ridden by Eric Moller.

Sir Cecil Clementi presenting the Governors' Cup

Sir Paul Chater receiving the Governors Cup from Sir Cecil and Lady Clementi

Sand Piper - Hong Kong Races Winner of the The Nil Desperandum Stakes 1926

Lady Chater was very proud of her pony Sand Piper, pictured here walking to the winners enclosure, the jockey was Teddie McBain. Lady Chater had a second pony in this race  The Golden Pheasant which was unplaced.

Note the small black cross mark on the ground indicating that Prince George was attending as a guest of Sir Paul Chater and the Hong Kong Jockey Club

Prince George, Sir Paul Chater, Sir Cecil Clementi and others

Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards pose for a photo with the visiting Prince George who was a Naval Officer at the China Station - 1926

Sir Paul Chater

It is difficult to believe that these pictures were the last to be taken of Sir Paul in March 1926, he passed away two months later.

Chater Stable Trainer 

He took over after Sir Paul's favourite trainer Cureem died in 1925.