This Week In Greyhound Racing History 12th November – 18th November

12th November

After undergoing a complete remodelling, Wentworth Park re-opened for racing over new distances in 1949. The sprint events were raised from 550 (503 metres) to 585 yards (535m) and the longer trip went from 750 (686m) to 795 yards (727m). Among the winners on opening night was Erin’s Ace who took out the top grade NCA Stake by 10 lengths and took his record to four wins and one second from just five races at Wentworth Park. He would later retire as Australia’s highest stakesearner.

13th November

Champion sprinter Bombastic Shiraz scored in the 2003 Sandown Shootout, downing Flying Scott and NSW sprinter Nautical Bill.

In 2008 Mantra Lad won a thrilling Sandown Shootout by just half a head from bananabender Queen Lauryn. Made To Size was third and One Tree Hill fourth.

14th November

Royal Regent took out the 1949 Melbourne Cup, then run at Napier Park, in a blanket finish, defeating Oakleigh Dan by a neck with Dimple’s Double a neck away third.

Gem Supreme took out the 1991 West End Draught Distance Championship (also known as the South Australian Distance Championship) over 731 metres at Angle Park, downing the 1990 winner Spruso’s Star. A year later, with the race run in December, Gem Supreme was in turn relegated to second place, by Victorian invader Saltwater Sid.

15th November

The Premier’s Cup, formerly contested over 530 metres at Wentworth Park, was first run over 722 metres in 1980. The winner was the smart Waverly Doll who defeated Jodarlene and Petite Allira.

Lilley Criminal, trained by Tony Azzopardi, downed Others Quoted by almost four lengths in a sizzling 42.29 to snare the $25,000 first prize for winning the 2008 Summer Cup at Wentworth Park.

16th November

Chief Havoc continued to completely dominate racing by winning the NCA Stake over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park in 1946. Chief Havoc defeated Terracena (who had won eight races in a row at one point in 1945) by six lengths with Blonde Glen third and Jean’s Dream fourth and last. The next day it was reported that Chief Havoc was to be retired ‘because he is too fast for opponents.’ The champion later returned for a few more races before finally retiring to a hugely successful stud career.

Victorian raider Pezza’s Tiger annexed the 1996 West Australian All Stars, downing Storm Act by five and a half lengths over 530 metres at Cannington in a speedy 30.68. Among the unplaced division were the likes of Tribute To Dad and Gemarly Park.

17th November

Coulta Bandit, from South Australia, won the 2001 Canberra Cup to become the first greyhound to win the prestigious race two years running. Coulta Bandit exited box seven, the same box it had won from in 2000.

18th November

The inaugural running of the Frank Kennedy Memorial Trophy took place in 1977 over 537 metres at Richmond. The race, held to honour the memory of the late racecaller and greyhound stalwart Frank Kennedy, was take out by the first reserve Harvest Imp who defeated kennelmate Monkey Jill, thereby giving trainer Jack Pringle the quinella. Harvest Imp made the 1978 final as well, but finished unplaced behind Irish Dragon.