This Week In Racing History

JUNE

4th

The second mechanical lure race meeting ever held in Australia was run at Epping (Harold Park), in 1927. Races were conducted over 480 yards (439 metres) and 920 yards (841 metres).

NSW stayer Shady City won the Gabba Marathon (895 metres) by seven lengths in 1987, running 54.22 for trainer Bob Littlefield. This was her final hitout before a scheduled match race with champion Victorian stayer Bold Trease.

Queen Lauryn downed Mantra Lad by just half a length to take out the 2009 Albion Park Gold Cup (710 metres) for trainer Tony Brett.

Rima became the first greyhound to break 26 seconds for 453 metres at Cowra when running a new track record time of 25.98 in 2011.

5th

Blue Autumn took out the inaugural Association Cup (800 yards or 732 metres, Harold Park), in 1965, by a head from Victorian stayer Rare Grand, running a solid 44.0. Among the unplaced brigade was former star Goldent (fifth). Blue Autumn earned the equivalent of $2,000 for the win.

Bristol Sue won her 50th race when she defeated Tara Pine at Angle Park in an Invitation Stake over 512 metres in 1975. Exiting box eight, Bristol Sue scored by just over two lengths, with the success also being her 29th at Angle Park.

6th

Happy Bachelor won the 480 yards (439 metres) All Aged Stakes at Epping (Harold Park) in 1927. He defeated All Gold by two lengths in 27.8, setting a track record.

Global Jet won the 1994 Olympic Park Hurdle Championship by 15 lengths from Son Of Skopos and Amazon Jess.

7th

Oak Queen took out the 1959 Glenorchy Stakes over 685 yards (626 metres) at Hobart by 10 lengths, running 37.8 to break the track record by 2/10ths.

Zoom Top won her second successive Association Cup final (800 yards or 732 metres, Harold Park) when she annexed the 1969 running, defeating her litter sister and kennelmate Busy’s Charm by just over a length to give owner-trainer Hec Watt the quinella.

Diamablue annexed the 1993 Olympic Park Hurdle Championship (511 metres) by just over four lengths from Amazon Jess and Sobriety.

8th

South Australian stayer Ascapella Miss collected $6,500 for winning the 1974 Association Cup (732 metres, Harold Park), downing Pam’s Thunder by six lengths. The heats of the race had been run on an extremely heavy track the previous week.

Casino Jack won the 1996 Peter Mosman Memorial (520 metres, Wentworth Park) defeating Queenslander Nobody’s Fool by two lengths and earning $30,000.

9th

The racing career of champion Rookie Rebel came to an end when he broke two toes in running a dead-heat second over 675 yards (617 metres) at North Melbourne in 1958. Rookie Rebel had been scheduled to compete in a return match race with NSW champion Top Linen.

Sobbing Sal won 1997 the Tweed Heads Galaxy (420 metres) from Every Possible and Diamond Honcho, earning $30,000 for the victory.

NSW stayer Last Quoted won the 2005 Albion Park Gold Cup (710 metres), defeating Texas Gold by a length with evergreen Victorian stayer Rocky third and kennelmate Best Quoted fourth. Last Quoted set a new race record of 41.74.

10th

Macareena notched her 10th successive victory when she won a Harold Park Stake (top grade) over 500 yards (457 metres) in 1953. Trainer Len Taylor prepared three winners that night, the others being Twinkling Jewel and Miss Oakey. The latter defeated star stayer Sashweight by four lengths and set a new track record of 43.4 for 800 yards (732 metres) at her first run over the 800 yards trip.