This Week In Greyhound Racing History

OCTOBER 1st – 7th

1st
Champion stayers Kirsty’s Charity and Whip Tip ran first and second in the Sydney Cup final. Trained by Harry Sarkis, Kirsty’s Charity ran a brilliant 42.27 to set a race record which stood until the grass surface was replaced by loam a few years later.

The 1994 National Sprint Championship final was held at Wentworth Park and won by local hope Gallant Ruler who scored by a record winning margin of 12 lengths from Kyasha (Victoria) and Fear None (South Australia). It was also the last time a National Sprint Championship final took place in October.

2nd
Super sprinter Macareena scored a sensational eight lengths win over 580 yards (530 metres) at Wentworth Park downing classy greyhounds such as Majortel and Rua Lad in a solid 31.7.

Irreplaceable annexed the 2008 South Australian Oaks with a stunning seven lengths victory at Angle Park for trainer Majella Ferguson.

3rd
Pinkstone narrowly won the 1964 Sydney Cup final. Goldent, who had won her previous seven successive distance starts, finished a three and a half lengths third after being skittled early.

Sonic Wave, a former Victorian, took out the first running of the Sydney Cup on the newly-remodelled Wentworth Park track. Although still run on grass, the race was now contested over 720 metres.

Local star Miss Cruise took out the 1994 National Distance Championship, run at Wentworth Park, downing South Australian Tilka Lass by three-quarters of a length.

4th
One Tree Hill peaked at just the right time to take out the 2008 Paws of Thunder final and give Victorian-trained greyhounds their fourth successive victory in the race. For the second consecutive year Victorian-trained sprinters took all three placings with Mantra Lad second and race favourite El Galo third. One Tree Hill was trained by Victorian mentor Robert Britton but had begun racing in New South Wales and was having her 24th start at Wentworth Park.

5th
Tired won the 1949 Lincoln Stakes, run over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park, earning £285 ($570) for his connections. Among the unplaced division were Dream’s Image (fifth) and Erin’s Ace (seventh). On the same evening, Valley Ann won the prestigious October Stakes.

Mr Slick, representing Victoria, won the 1992 National Sprint Championship. The final was conducted for what would be the last time at the Olympic Park circuit.

Gold Star Lass defeated the up-and-coming Busy’s Chief (a son of former track stars Benjamin John and Busy’s Charm, the litter sister to the great Zoom Top) by three lengths in the 1974 Casino Cup.

6th
The Appin straight track opened in 1975. A crowd of 12,000 was on hand to witness the day’s racing. Flaming John had the honour of winning the first race.

Painted Wish defeated Silent Assassin and Malawi Law in the 1995 Geelong Cup final, earning $12,500 prize money.

Leprechaun Pace took out the 2007 Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park in a race completely dominated by Victorian greyhounds. Shanlyn Prince, Betty’s Angel (a litter sister to the winner), and Meticulous, all Victorians, finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Miagi broke the 720-metre track record with a 42.03 victory in the 2007 Sydney Cup final, defeating Queensland star Miss Brooks by just over nine lengths.

7th
Casino Tom, the South Australian representative, won the 1993 National Sprint Championship on his home track at Angle Park. In a close finish, Casino Tom downed Victorian Amy’s Doll by half a length with NSW contender Ben’s Image a half length away third.

Quidame took out the final of the Sydney Cup to join Trojan Tears, Kobble Creek, and Distinctive as the Queenslander’s who have taken out the long-standing distance classic.