MLC Robyn McSweeney’s book delves into racing history

South West MLC Robyn McSweeney with her daughters Holly, Jenny and Kristy.
MLC Robyn McSweeney’s book delves into racing history
South West MLC Robyn McSweeney with her daughters Holly, Jenny and Kristy.

POLITICIAN is not the only word that defines South West MLC Robyn McSweeney.

She is also a wife, a mother of four and an author.

Her book Albert Edmund Cockram King Of The Racecourse 1870-1943 will be launched at Pinjarra Harness Racing Club on December 7 at 11am.

The book is the documented story of her great-grandfather who owned Belmont and Goodwood racecourses until his death in 1943.

“He was the largest importer of thoroughbreds into Australia in his time and was the father of racing in Australia,” McSweeney said.

“He was bringing in the bloodlines from England, Ireland and France in the early 1900s.

“My book takes the reader on a journey from the beginning to the building of Belmont Racecourse to the Cockram horses that scorch-ed across Australia winning Perth Cups, Sydney Cups, Epsoms and other majors.”

“Albert used to race his horses in Pinjarra,” she said.

“This is our history, the history of racing through my great-grandfather’s eyes and all documented for posterity.”

Bob Maumill will launch the book and Murray-Wellington MLA Murray Cowper will be the master of cermonies for the event. It will be a trotting meet day and members of the public are welcome.

McSweeney said her grandfather Claude Cockram owned Clear Hills and was an old Scotch College boy.