This Week In Racing History

JUNE

18th

High Earner annexed the 2009 Queensland Derby (520 metres, Albion Park), defeating Fedex by three-quarters of a length with Dashing Corsair just a head away third.

On the same night as High Earner was winning the Queensland Derby, NSW stayer Forty Twenty ran 43.23 to set a new track record for the 729 metres trip at Dapto.

19th

The NSW State Government introduced regulations giving the Greyhound Racing Control Board supreme authority over racing in the state in 1950. The NSW Greyhound Racing Clubs’ Association objected to some of the rules. In late July, the NSW Chief Secretary, Clive Evatt, granted the Clubs’ Association an extension to 14 August in which to submit draft rules which they considered acceptable.

Northern Legend took out the 1995 Maturity Classic (511 metres at Olympic Park) for trainer Graeme Bate, earning $20,000. Northern Legend defeated His True Value by just over two lengths with Big Ginger Boy seven lengths adrift in third place. This was the first time the Maturity Classic final had been run in June.

20th

Sentinel won a 575 yards (525 metres) match race at Murwillumbah with Owataboy in 1936. Billed as the mechanical coursing championship of Australia, Owataboy led for 200 metres, they then raced neck and neck for 50 metres before Owataboy again led. Sentinel took the lead 100 metres from home and raced away to win by three lengths. The time of 32.0 broke the previous track record (held by Owataboy) by one second. Owataboy (Golden Beauty x Maid Of Fashion) had raced 26 times for 19 wins, the last five on end. Sentinel took his record to 20 starts for 16 wins, two seconds, and two thirds (another source suggests it was 21 starts for 17 wins). The victory was Sentinel’s eleventh consecutive.

Shady City defeated Bold Trease by three lengths in their match race held over 732 metres at Harold Park in 1987. In front of a large crowd, Bold Trease, who had won the Association Cup three weeks earlier, led by six lengths on the home turn but was run down in the straight by Shady City. After the event it was revealed Bold Trease had been suffering from a minor hip injury and trainer Norm McCullagh had the champion on the lead for the previous week. He later said he only raced Bold Trease to keep faith with the public. Had it been any other event he would have been scratched.

21st

Flash Jass won the 1986 National Futurity in 26.43 for 457 metres at Harold Park. This was the first time the race had been run at the track because of work being conducted on remodelling Wentworth Park.

Sworn to Secrecy ran 28.20 to set a new track record for 503 metres at Port Augusta in 2003.

22nd

Victorian sprinter Superman set a new race record of 29.83 in winning the 2006 Queensland Derby (Albion Park, 520 metres) by a length and a half from NSW contenders Winsome History and Spring Gladiator.

23rd

Track specialist Turbo Top defeated Caraloa Pride by five lengths to win the 1984 National Futurity over 530 metres at Wentworth Park. Salisa was third with National Lass fourth.

24th

C’Est La Vie won the 2010 Laurels at Sandown (515 metres) for trainer Robert Britton. This was the last time the event would be finalised in June. A second Laurels final took place in December, the only time the race has been held twice in the same year.

El Grand Senor blitzed the 2011 Traralgon Cup field, scoring by five and a half lengths from Allen Lawson with Radley Bale a further four and a half lengths away in third place. El Grand Senor ran a race record 29.45 for the 513 metres.