This Week In Racing History

December

31

The last night meeting with betting for greyhound racing in NSW was held in 1927, following the passing of new government legislation. The cinema lobby had claimed they were losing business to greyhound racing and made representations to the state government to have the sport restricted. Meetings at the Epping (Harold Park) and Mascot courses were held henceforth during the afternoon.

Paua To Burn equalled the 600 metres track record at The Meadows in 2005, running 34.09 to equal the mark set by Oh Behave three years earlier.

January

1

The NSW Chief Secretary, Mathews, announced in September 1949 that the government had approved the issue of a racing licence to the NSW Greyhound Breeder’s, Owner’s, and Trainer’s Association (GBOTA) to begin on this day in 1950.

The government chose the Vic Peters-led GBOTA from four applicants and issued the licence subject to the GBOTA obtaining use of Harold Park from the NSW Trotting Club. At the time 39 tracks in NSW authorised for greyhound racing, two in the metropolitan area, with 26 meetings a year each.

Victorian sprinter Rare Deceit defeated Grand Illusion by almost four lengths with Queensland star Jurassic Vapour third in the 1997 Adelaide Cup final, running a slow 30.12 for the 512 metre trip at Angle Park.

2

Amorous Angie completed a rare double when she scored over 500 yards at Ballina in 1950 to stretch her record to six starts for six wins. Amorous Angie had won at the same track, over the same distance just 24 hours earlier.

The Brendan Wheeler-trained Bartrim Bale took out the 2008 Bulli Gold Plate final, running the 472 metres in 26.35 and defeating Spring Smile by two and a half lengths with Awesome Hustler third.

3

Cool Mat downed Heaps Fast and Sea Serenade to snare the 2006 Gosford Gold Cup in a fair 30.33, using box one to full advantage.

The Robert Britton-trained Coulta Sky defeated Regal Thyme by a nose in 34.64 to win the 2009 New Year’s Cup over 600 metres at The Meadows.

4

Jimmy Neutron took out the 2003 Silver Chief Classic for trainer Steve McKenna, the first time the race had been held in January. Jimmy Neutron defeated Most Awesome and future champion stayer Arvo’s Junior.

5

Regal Thyme, despite box six, carved out sectionals of 5.01 and 17.85 on the way to annexing the 2008 Silver Chief Classic by three and a half lengths from Top Fuel in a fast 29.92 for owner-trainer Graham Long.

NSW stayer Best Quoted, attempting to become the first greyhound to win back-to-back West End Draught Distance Championships since Truly Lightning in 1984 and 1985, failed by just three-quarters of a length when second behind the Victorian Mid City Mandy in the 2006 running.

6

Great Linnie, a much-travelled hurdler with victories in Tasmania and southern NSW, scored an impressive victory over 550 yards in his first start over the hurdles at Wentworth Park, in 1940. Great Linnie had equalled the track records over 638 yards at Wagga and set a 410 yards hurdle record at Hobart. He later equalled the Wentworth Park hurdle record of 33.0.

NSW stayer Best Quoted won the 2005 West End Draught Distance Championship, run over 731 metres at Angle Park, by five lengths from Victorian stayer Arvo’s Junior with local hope Pristine Litenin just over six lengths further back in third place.