This Week In Racing History: October 22nd- October 28th 2013


Bright Agricola took out the Harold Park Derby for owner Schute Saxon and trainer George Bunn, scoring over 800 yards (732 metres) at Harold Park, just five weeks after springing a toe. His owner said if it hadn’t been the Derby he would not have run him.

On the same night, Dream’s Image won the 1949 Two-Year-Old Produce Stakes over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park by half a length from the politically-incorrectly named Chief Nigger.

Edie Beauchamp collected $15,000 for winning the 2005 Canberra Cup, the first year the event had been given Group status. The Cup was first run in 1979.

Queensland invitee Black Enforcer won the 2005 Topgun for trainer Tony Brett.


Awesome McLaren won the 1997 South Australian Derby in 29.79, just 4/100ths outside the race record set four years earlier.

El Grand Senor downed Enry Walt and Snozz in the 2010 Topgun, at the Meadows, running 17.48 for the second section and clipping 4/100ths off his own record for that section.


Tasmanian sprinter Awesome Cole narrowly annexed the 2004 Canberra Cup, using box one to full advantage.

Cindeen Shelby took out the 2009 Topgun, becoming the first NSW winner since Placard in 2000. Sired by 2003 Topgun winner Bombastic Shiraz, Cindeen Shelby had run officially seventh the previous year in the Topgun. She also emulated the feat of Wylie Boy in winning the Topgun at the second attempt.


One of the fastest sprinters of all time, The Smoother, won at his first start in 1969, scoring by a widening 12 lengths over 400 yards (366 metres) up the Wyong straight in 20.4, the best time of the meeting.

The final of the 1976 Sydney Cup, postponed from the abandoned meeting of the 16th, was run on a Monday evening and saw Glahda defeat the Victorian stayer Minnie Jubilee with Camden Glider (later the dam of NSW Greyhound of the Year Glider’s Son, and Peter Glider) third.


Recognised as the first great greyhound of Queensland night racing, Top Simbi won his maiden race over 558 metres at the Gabba in 1972 by 16 lengths.

Bob’s One became the first NSW greyhound to win the Ipswich Cup since Whip Tip 11 years earlier when he scored in the 1999 version, defeating Ngarutao by three-quarters of a length and earning $15,000.

The Reg Kay-trained Fool’s State won the 2004 Ipswich Cup in a race record 30.52, scoring by almost six lengths and earning $20,000.

Jaimandy Coops picked up a massive $140,000 for snaring the 2006 Topgun, run at Sandown. Jaimandy Coops scored by almost five lengths from evergreen Train A Journey, running 29.48, just 8/100ths outside the race record.


David Bale and Desalle Bale ran first and second for trainer Graeme Bate in the 2012 Topgun. David Bale won by just a head and earned a whopping $150,000 for his 29.92 romp at The Meadows. David Bale had only been first reserve, and gained a start from box 8 when NSW representative Bye Bye Bucks was scratched.


Victorian star Tegimi won the 1978 Vic Peters Memorial Classic by five lengths over 457 metres at Harold Park. After striking interference when second in his semi-final, Tegimi was only first reserve for the final, but gained a run from box two when fellow Victorian Basmarg was scratched. He was the fourth Victorian to win the prestigious classic since its inception in 1951.

Brilliant sprinter Head Honcho (later a top-rank sire) won the 1993 Shepparton Cup for trainer Jason Thompson, downing the smart Tranquil Flame.

Past Discussion

  1. Some great names there in the weeks look back. Head Honcho’s 1993 Shepparton Cup, The Smoother has his first start in 1969 & Black Enforcer won the 2005 Topgun.

  2. Some great names there in the weeks look back. Head Honcho’s 1993 Shepparton Cup, The Smoother has his first start in 1969 & Black Enforcer won the 2005 Topgun.