Tie the Knot

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Tie The Knot
Sire Nassipour (USA)
Grandsire Blushing Groom (FR)
DamWhisked (AUS)
DamsireWhiskey Road (USA)
Sex Gelding
Country Australia
Colour Chestnut
BreederSandy Tait & Jill Nivison
OwnerSandy Tait & Jill Nivison
Trainer Guy Walter
Record62: 21-9-8
Earnings A$6,212,835 [1]
Major wins
Spring Champion Stakes (1997)
Rosehill Guineas (1998)
Sydney Cup (1998, 1999)
Underwood Stakes (1998)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
The BMW Stakes (1999, 2000)
Ranvet Stakes (2000, 2001)
Australian Champion Stayer (2000)
Australian Racing Hall of Fame [2]
Last updated on 17 May 2021
Blushing groom & Henri SAMANI 1976 Blushing groom & Henri SAMANI 1976.jpg
Blushing groom & Henri SAMANI 1976

Tie The Knot (foaled 1994 - Died October 2012) [3] was an Australian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who won 13 Group One races. In 1999-2000, he was voted Australian Champion Stayer and in 2021 was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. [4]



Tie the Knot was a chestnut gelding sired by Nassipour (USA) from Whisked by Whiskey Road (USA). Nassipour was also the sire of Let's Elope (NZ), who won the Melbourne Cup, Mackinnon Stakes and Caulfield Cup. Tie the Knot was bred and raced by Mr O.P. Tait and Mrs S.S. Nivison. He was a half brother to the stakes winner Dream Ballad by Singspiel (IRE) and eight other named horses. [5] Their dam, Whisked, won three group races and almost A$550,000, including the VATC One Thousand Guineas. She died on 29 September 2009 from complications after producing a live filly by Strategic. [6]

Racing career

Tie the Knot won the Sydney Cup in both 1998 and 1999 and captured the Group one Chipping Norton Stakes in four consecutive years between 1999 and 2002. [7]

He retired from racing with a record of 21 wins and 17 minor placings and earnings of A$6,212,835 from his 62 starts. [8] His total of 13 group one wins has been topped in Australasia only by Black Caviar's 15 wins, Kingston Town's 14 and is equal to Sunline's. The only other horses to better his number of G1 wins are Winx John Henry with 16 wins and Forego with 14 wins. His winnings in stake money places him behind Winx Redzel Makybe Diva (GB), Sunline (NZ) and Northerly on the all-time Australasian list.

Tie the Knot was voted the 1999-2000 Australian Champion Stayer.

Race record

1996-97 season as a two-year-old
ResultDateRaceVenueGroupDistanceWeight (kg)JockeyWinner/2nd
5th17 Jun 19972yo Hcp Restricted Warwick Farm NA1200 m54J. Sheehan1st - Loophole
6th09 Jul 19972yo Hcp Restricted Warwick Farm NA1400 m54J. Sheehan1st - Punt
Won26 Jul 19972yo Hcp Restricted Randwick NA1600 m53 D. Beadman 2nd - Grey Maja
1997-98 season as a three-year-old
ResultDateRaceVenueGroupDistanceWeight (kg)JockeyWinner/2nd
4th16 Aug 19973yo Hcp Restricted Rosehill NA1200 m52.5R. Thompson1st - Adam
2nd30 Aug 1997Peter Pan Stakes Rosehill G21500 m55.5 D. Beadman 1st - On Air
Won13 Sep 1997 Gloaming Stakes Rosehill G21900 m55.5 D. Beadman 2nd - Irish Air
Won27 Sep 1997Dulcify Stakes Randwick LR2000 m57.5 D. Beadman 2nd - Spying
Won04 Oct 1997 Spring Champion Stakes Randwick G12000 m55.5 D. Beadman 2nd - Brave Prince
3rd18 Oct 1997 Norman Robinson Stakes Caulfield LR2000 m57.5 D. Beadman 1st - Brave Prince
2nd01 Nov 1997 Victoria Derby Flemington G12500 m55.5 D. Beadman 1st - Second Coming
5th14 Feb 1998 Expressway Stakes Randwick G21300 m53 S. Dye 1st - Hockney
5th28 Feb 1998 Hobartville Stakes Warwick Farm G21400 m55.5K. Moses1st - Pleasure Giver
8th14 Mar 1998 Canterbury Guineas Rosehill G11800 m55.5 S. Dye 1st - Tycoon Lil
Won28 Mar 1998 Rosehill Guineas Rosehill G12000 m55.5 S. Dye 2nd - Tycoon Lil
2nd11 Apr 1998 Australian Derby Randwick G12400 m55.5 S. Dye 1st - Gold Guru
Won18 Apr 1998 Sydney Cup Randwick G13200 m50.5 S. Dye 2nd - Doriemus
1998-99 season as a four-year-old
ResultDateRaceVenueGroupDistanceWeight (kg)JockeyWinner/2nd
3rd22 Aug 1998 Warwick Stakes Warwick Farm G21400 m57.5 S. Dye 1st - What Can I Say
3rd05 Sep 1998 Chelmsford Stakes Randwick G21600 m57.5 S. Dye 1st - Might and Power
Won20 Sep 1998 Underwood Stakes Caulfield G11800 m57 S. Dye 2nd - Jezabeel
7th03 Oct 1998 Turnbull Stakes Flemington G22000 m57.5P. Payne1st - Aerosmith
3rd17 Oct 1998 Caulfield Cup Caulfield G12400 m55.5 S. Dye 1st - Taufan's Melody
5th31 Oct 1998 Mackinnon Stakes Flemington G12000 m57 S. Dye 1st - Champagne
6th03 Nov 1998 Melbourne Cup Flemington G13200 m55.5 S. Dye 1st - Jezabeel
3rd06 Feb 1999 Expressway Stakes Randwick G21200 m57.5 S. Dye 1st - Kidman's Cove
3rd20 Feb 1999 Apollo Stakes Warwick Farm G21400 m58 S. Dye 1st - Kidman's Cove
Won27 Feb 1999 Chipping Norton Stakes Warwick Farm G11600 m58 S. Dye 2nd - Forgotten Hero
2nd13 Mar 1999 Ranvet Stakes Rosehill G12000 m58 S. Dye 1st - Darazari
Won27 Mar 1999 Mercedes Classic Rosehill G12400 m57.5 S. Dye 2nd - Intergaze
Won05 Apr 1999Japan Plate Randwick LR2000 m60 S. Dye 2nd - Ear's Ronny
Won10 Apr 1999 Sydney Cup Randwick G13200 m57 S. Dye 2nd - Praise Indeed
1999-00 season as a five-year-old
ResultDateRaceVenueGroupDistanceWeight (kg)JockeyWinner/2nd
2nd21 Aug 1999 Warwick Stakes Warwick Farm G21400 m58 S. Dye 1st - Sunline
2nd04 Sep 1999 Chelmsford Stakes Randwick G21600 m58 S. Dye 1st - Intergaze
Won18 Sep 1999 Hill Stakes Rosehill G21900 m58 S. Dye 2nd - Joss Sticks
Won02 Oct 1999 Craven Plate Randwick G32000 m58 S. Dye 2nd - Arena
2nd09 Oct 1999 Yalumba Stakes Caulfield G12000 m58 S. Dye 1st - Northern Drake
2nd23 Oct 1999 Cox Plate Moonee Valley G12040 m58 S. Dye 1st - Sunline
8th30 Oct 1999 Mackinnon Stakes Flemington G12000 m58 S. Dye 1st - Rogan Josh
14th02 Nov 1999 Melbourne Cup Flemington G13200 m58 S. Dye 1st - Rogan Josh
8th26 Feb 2000 Expressway Stakes Randwick G21200 m57.5 S. Dye 1st - Mr Innocent
5th11 Mar 2000 Apollo Stakes Warwick Farm G21400 m58 S. Dye 1st - Sunline
Won18 Mar 2000 Chipping Norton Stakes Warwick Farm G11600 m58 S. Dye 2nd - Adam
Won01 Apr 2000 Ranvet Stakes Rosehill G12000 m58 S. Dye 2nd - Arena
Won15 Apr 2000 Mercedes Classic Rosehill G12400 m58 S. Dye 2nd - Arena
Won29 Apr 2000 AJC St Leger Randwick G22600 m58.5 S. Dye 2nd - Sharscay
9th6 May 2000 Sydney Cup Randwick G13200 m60 S. Dye 1st - Streak
2000-01 season as a six-year-old
ResultDateRaceVenueGroupDistanceWeight (kg)JockeyWinner/2nd
6th09 Sep 2000 Theo Marks Stakes Rosehill G21300 m60 D. Beadman 1st - Hire
2nd23 Sep 2000 Bill Ritchie Handicap Randwick G31400 m60 D. Beadman 1st - Landsighting
12th02 Oct 2000 Epsom Handicap Randwick G11600 m59.5 D. Beadman 1st - Shogun Lodge
3rd14 Oct 2000 Yalumba Stakes Caulfield G12000 m58 D. Beadman 1st - Sky Heights
9th28 Oct 2000 Cox Plate Moonee Valley G12040 m58 D. Beadman 1st - Sunline
Won17 Feb 2001 Expressway Stakes Randwick G21200 m57.5P. Payne2nd - Referral
4th03 Mar 2001 Apollo Stakes Warwick Farm G21400 m58P. Payne1st - Sunline
Won10 Mar 2001 Chipping Norton Stakes Randwick G11600 m58P. Payne2nd - Dottoressa
Won24 Mar 2001 Ranvet Stakes Rosehill G12000 m58P. Payne2nd - Hill of Grace
4th07 Apr 2001 Mercedes Classic Rosehill G12400 m58P. Payne1st - Curata Storm
2001-02 season as a seven-year-old
ResultDateRaceVenueGroupDistanceWeight (kg)JockeyWinner/2nd
6th18 Aug 2001 Warwick Stakes Warwick Farm G21300 m58P. Payne1st - Lonhro
14th23 Sep 2001Eat Well Live Well Cup Caulfield G11400 m59P. Payne1st - Mr Murphy
4th02 Feb 2002 Expressway Stakes Randwick G21200 m57.5P. Payne1st - Ateates
3rd16 Feb 2002 Apollo Stakes Randwick G21400 m58P. Payne1st - Ha Ha
Won23 Feb 2002 Chipping Norton Stakes Warwick Farm G11600 m58P. Payne2nd - Freemason
5th09 Mar 2002 Ranvet Stakes Rosehill G12000 m58P. Payne1st - Universal Prince
5th23 Mar 2002 The BMW Stakes Rosehill G12400 m58 S. Dye 1st - Ethereal


Pedigree of Tie The Knot (AUS), chestnut gelding, 1994
Nassipour (USA)
Blushing Groom (Fr)
Red God (USA)
Nasrullah (GB)
Spring Run (USA)
Runaway Bride (GB)
Wild Risk (Fr)
Aimee (GB)
Alama (Ire)
Aureole (GB)
Hyperion (GB)
Angelola (GB)
Nucciolina (Fr)
Nuccio (Ity)
Mah Behar (GB)
Whisked (Aus)
Whiskey Road (USA)
Nijinsky (Can)
Northern Dancer (Can)
Flaming Page (Can)
Bowl of Flowers (USA)
Sailor (USA)
Flower Bowl (USA)
That Is a Shame (Aus)
Kaoru Star (Aus)
Star Kingdom (Ire)
Kaoru (Aus)
Not Enough (Aus)
Baguette (Aus)
Oodles (NZ), (Family: 18)

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