This Week In Racing History 5th November- 11th November

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The 2007 City of Hume Cup, run over 725 metres at the Meadows, resulted in a quinella for Queensland with Technoman defeating compatriot Miss Brook by a length and a half.

Tasmanian Just Jethro defeated Destini Fireball in 34.59 to equal the track record in snaring the 2012 edition of the City of Hume Cup, run over 600 metres at The Meadows. The race had only been brought back to a 600 metre event in 2010. 

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Often acclaimed as one of the first greats of the track, Sentinel took out the 1935 Maitland 660 yards (603 metres) Championship, winning by eight lengths from the smart coalfields greyhound Gay Toby and running 37.2 to break the track record.

Kim’s Monaro became the first maiden to win the Vic Peters Memorial Classic when she score from box eight in the 1973 edition, run over 457 metres at Harold Park. The Bob Doak owned and trained bitch had run second in her semi-final, at what was her first official race start. She scored by almost five lengths in the final in 26.31, the best of the night on a wet track.

Victorian stayer Arvo’s Athena, trained by George Arvanitis, defeated Toss O’Reilly and Classy Customer in the 2004 Canning Show Cup, run over 715 metres at Cannington. 

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Peter Glider emerged from the shadows of his more illustrious brother Glider’s Son to take out the 1981 Premier’s Cup at Wentworth Park, defeating Supreme Hiwai over 722 metres.

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The 1940 Sandown Cup, a handicap, was taken out by the champion speed courser Totara, who came  from box eight to score by two and a half lengths in 23.13/16ths, earning £120 ($240) for the victory.

Bunyip Bint defeated the mighty Zoom Top by eight lengths over 800 yards (732 metres) at Harold Park in 1969 in an Invitation Stake, running 42.7 to smash her own track and world record by 3/10ths.

Jason Thompson trained the quinella when Proven Nitro defeated Don’t Knocka Him by three-quarters of a length in the 2012 Sandown Shootout, running a new race record 29.14.

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The great Chief Havoc ran 29.7 to equal the Gosford track record for 530 yards (486 metres) in taking out the Champion of Champions Stake in 1946 by two lengths from Jean’s Dream.  The race consisted of only four starters, with Beau McGee running third and Young Sign (then the equal track record holder at Gosford, as well as Maitland and later retired as Australia’s highest stakeswinner) fourth. Chief Havoc earned £35 ($70) for the win.

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Black Top, acclaimed as the best sprinter of his generation and later a pre-potent sire, scored a brilliant five lengths victory in the 1962 Vic Peters Memorial Classic, downing the smart Victorian puppy Take A Bow and running 26.4 to equal the 500 yards (457 metres) track record at Harold Park. 

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On a bumper night of finals racing at Wentworth Park in 1978, Happy Endo took out the TAB Tracks’ Championship, defeating World Acclaim; Little Vogue won the 969m NCA Marathon, and Pearl Way used box one to full advantage to annex the Wentworth Park Hurdle Championship over 530 metres.

Queensland sprinter Whirly Storm defeated Borat and Intelligence in the 2008 Lismore Cup, running 29.99 for trainer Reg Hazelgrove.