This Week In Racing History

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The first greyhound hurdle using a jumping mechanical lure ever to be tried in Australia took place at Wentworth Park in 1954. The device had been invented by Pat Kieran, the ground manager at Wentworth Park. The first hurdle using the jumping hare was run over 580 yards (530 metres) and taken out by the favourite, First Entry, by eight lengths.

Swazi Flash, owned and trained by Alan Pringle, won the first running of the Chairman’s Cup over 720 metres at Wentworth Park, in 1988. Swazi Flash scored by six lengths from Francis John with Miss Pegasus a further seven lengths away third, recording 42.16 on the grass surface, just 7/100ths outside the track record. Swazi Flash had now won nine of her 12 career starts.

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Roanokee won the 1997 Queensland Derby (520 metres, Albion Park) by six and a half lengths from Planet Hollywood, running 30.00 to set a new race record, clipping 28/100ths off the mark set by Jurassic Vapour three years earlier. Roanokee earned $12,000 for trainer Roger Green.

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Phantom’s Return won the 1966 Silver Chief Classic, run over 560 yards at Olympic Park. He earned $2,000 for the victory, running 30.14/16.

Kyasha won the 1994 Anniversary Trophy by a head from Terasaki. This was the last Anniversary Trophy to be held at Olympic Park. The race would not be run again until 2000, when it was reintroduced at The Meadows.

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Black Top took out the 1963 four-dog invitational Interstate Challenge, run over 580 yards at Wentworth Park. Black Top used box one to full advantage to defeat the Victorian pair of The Stripper and Mulga Bay by three lengths in a fast 31.2. Black top’s litter brother, Keen Linen, finished fourth.

Carry On Coley took out the 1993 Anniversary Trophy, over 511 metres at Olympic Park, for trainer Alan Britton, scoring by almost three lengths from Artic Express and Celadon in a fast 29.73.

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Rules won the 1989 McKenna Memorial at Sandown Park (716 metres), defeating Dorak and Carmella’s Charm. Champion stayer Bold Trease finished fifth. Two years earlier he had run second to great rival High Intensity.

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Woolley Wilson downed Mystery Man by two and a half lengths to win the inaugural running of the Sid Graham Memorial Trophy, over 587 yards at Richmond, in 1972. Woolley Wilson earned $1,000 for the victory. It was the only time the race was run over the sprint journey. From 1973 onwards it was contested over 722 metres.

The first running of the Chairman’s Cup took place, in 1984. Run over 732 metres at Harold Park, the race was taken out by Secret Secret (box 4) from No Exceptions and Sharyn’s Vogue.

Secret Code ran 26.01 to set a new track record for 460 metres at Bundaberg, in 2007.

Lady Arko snipped 2/100ths from the 715 metres track record at Sandown in 2011 when she scored in 41.55 to take out the National Distance Championship Victorian State Final. This was the fourth time in less than nine months the track record had been broken, coming down from the 41.70 run by So Seductive the previous year.

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Pol’s Duke, trained by veteran conditioner Ed Tucker, annexed the 1972 Sandown Hurdle Championship, winning by two lengths from Venetian Note and Faboc and picking up $3,000.