This Week In Racing History

OCTOBER
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NSW sprinter Winifred Bale defeated fellow NSW finalist Bindall’s Hope by four length to take out the 1983 National Sprint Championship, run over 457 metres at Harold Park. Lord Tegimi, the Queensland finalist, was five lengths away third. The $24,000 first prize money propelled Winifred Bale’s earnings to a new Australian record of $94,000.

Whip Tip set a new Australian record for prize money earnings in 1988, taking her figures to $105,995, which surpassed the record of $103,475 held by Queensland sprinter Pretty Fearless.

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NSW sprinter General Jeff won a heat of the 1980 Brisbane Cup over 558 metres at the Gabba by 10 lengths from Victorian Kalimna Boy. General Jeff ran 32.57 which was the fastest of the four run-offs, the next best being 33.07. General Jeff easily won the final the following week.

Lochinvar Marlow won the 2010 Paws of Thunder by eight lengths from Cosmic Planet and Cosmic Chief, running a fast 29.90.

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All Design took out the 1979 Chief Havoc Memorial at Gunnedah by 15 lengths, running 30.85 to set a new track record.

NSW stayer Nellie Noodles broke the 600 metres track record at the Meadows in 2010, scoring by a whopping 17 and a half lengths.

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Sandi’s Me Mum became the first greyhound to win two successive National Sprint Championships when she led all the way to take out the 1990 running, held over 511 metres at Sandown Park.

Press Statement became the first greyhound to break 17 seconds when scoring in 16.96 over 301 metres at Coonamble. On the same day, Speeding Bond broke the 400 metres track record, running 22.77.

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Lady Sonic ran 31.6 for the 580 yards distance at Wentworth Park to equal the race record when she won the 1963 NSW Country Championship.

The 1974 Casino Cup was taken out by Gold Star Lass by three lengths from Busy’s Chief with Dusky Flame seven lengths away third.

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Leading sprinters Magic Babe and Top Linen had a close-fought battle in a top-grade race over 500 yards at Harold Park in 1957, with Magic Babe prevailing by a head in 26.61. It was the last race for the year for Top Linen who did appear again for almost five months.

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Boom Queensland speedster Spotted Lightning was defeated in the 1951 Lismore qualifying final of the Vic Peters Memorial Classic, running third after suffering severe interference. Spotted Lightning, who had set a track record up the straight at Capalaba at his first start and then run track record times in taking out heat and final of the Tweed River Thousand series, started at 1/15 ($1.06), the shortest-priced favourite to ever be beaten on the Northern Rivers.

Bogie Leigh annexed the 2003 Young Guns final over 520 metres at Ipswich, defeating Freedom Bale by a length and a half for trainer Tony Brett.

Brilliant Lee took out the 2005 Geelong Cup, defeating See You Later and Trew Touch in a fairly slow 25.57.