Trainer E.R. Kirwan
Rin Tin was a popular galloper because he was raced by survivors of a Japanese prisoner of war camp from World War II. The five served their time in the Rin Tin Prison in Burma and kept their spirits alive by talking about racing horses after the war. By the mid-1950s the five - Scotchy Cullen, Jack Tully and the Watts brothers, Colin, Norley and Rupert - were graziers in central Queensland and began to race horses. They invited the widow of another mate from Burma, Mrs M. Sudholz, to race the horses with them. The syndicate raced horses under the nom de plume ‘Mr Fortland’ and their first horse was Rin Tin, which won nine races including the feature BTC Carnival Handicap, Sandgate Handicap, May Handicap and Hamilton Handicap. Rin Tin was good enough to run in the 1958 Caulfield Cup but had no luck when 14th behind Sir Blink.