This week in racing history

March

5

Malfoy broke the two-year-old track record for 725 metres at the Meadows in 2005, running 42.34 to clip 10/100ths off the previous mark set by Skipper Rip.

On the same night, Pure Octane set a new race record time of 29.70 in taking out the Australian Cup by almost five lengths from Zyrtec and Oxley Tiger.

6

Oriana won the 1997 Dapto Classic (run over 508 metres) by three lengths from Flamingo Dancer with Diamond Honcho seven lengths away third. The race was worth $100,000 to the winner, who scored in a fast 29.51.

Faithful Blue won the 2004 Tedesco Formal Wear Trophy, run over 720 metres at Wentworth Park, by a length from the Victorian contender Blue Obsession with Run Joshie Run third. The race was worth $10,000 to the winner.

7

Boomeroo took out the last running of the Dandenong Dry Cleaners Stake, run over 715 metres at Sandown Park, in 2002. The race had been elevated to Group 2 status and was worth $25,000 to the winner, who ran a race record 42.11 to slice 12/100ths off the previous best, recorded by Poetic Reward in 2000. The following year the race was renamed the DDC Launching Pad, the distance was reduced to 515 metres and it was classified as a Group 3 event.

8

The 1975 National Futurity final, run over 530 metres on the grass at Wentworth Park, was taken out by Night Aim who downed Busy Brolga by one length to take the $6,000 first prize money cheque. Night Aim had won her semi-final at 100/1 ($101.00), relegating defending Futurity champion Tintawin to third place.

9

The potentially outstanding youngster Marboo Moss, undefeated in three previous outings, resumed racing in 1973 after having been spelled in order to have a toe amputated. The Bill Fletcher-trained fawn dog won by a head over 304 yards at Richmond at what was hist first start for almost eight months. He would win one more race, at Harold Park, and then suffer career-ending injuries in yet another case of ‘what might have been’.

The 1998 Bendigo Cup was taken out by Lansley Bale, who utilised box one to full advantage, to score by a head from Power Zone in a race record 24.03.

10

Champion sprinter Woolley Wilson won the 1973 Broadcaster’s Cup (best eight nominated), run over 530 metres at Wentworth Park, defeating NSW St Leger winner Likely Light by a length with Bi-Annual Classic winner Toouli third.

The final of the 1977 Queensland National Distance Championship was taken out by Persian War, who scored by five lengths over the 704 metres at the Gabba. Persian War went on to run fifth in the National Distance Championship final, held nine days later at Harold Park.

11

South Australian star Bayroad Queen won the 1982 National Distance Championship final, run over 731 metres at Angle Park. Bayroad Queen scored by a neck over Victorian finalist Rawpack with NSW contender Galaxy Talent seven lengths away third. it was the third time the final had been held at Angle Park and Bayroad Queen became the first South Australian to annex the national title.

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