Enry Walt’s Horsham Cup

Seasoned performer Enry Walt ($5.70) made the most of Horsham testing home straight when taking out the Exchange Hotel on Sunday night.

Enry Walt's big race experience served him well as he ran down the front-running Greta Bale after trailing that greyhound by several lengths throughout the race.

While he has made around a dozen group race finals, this was Enry Walt's first group win since snaring the 2010 14 months ago, and it was trainer Gary Ennis' first Horsham Cup victory.

Runner-up was the fast finishing Allen Elroy ($23.40) with Greta Bale ($5.50) third.

Cup night was a real family-orientated affair the club took advantage of the next day public holiday, with a climbing wall and bungee ropes for children, and a jazz band playing. Together with full dining and bar facilities everyone was catered for.

Being a twilight fixture the meeting starting when the Horsham Fishing Competition finished making it easy for people to walk from the river over to the Horsham Showgrounds.

Heats for the cup were conducted last Wednesday night. trainer Graeme Bate three runners for the final. They included the fastest heat winner Radley Bale in 26.98. Since the Horsham Cup was first run in 1978, Bate has won it eight times including a hat-trick of wins from 1982-84 with Satan's Shroud, Virgo Rose and Propellant.

However win number nine will have to wait as his finalists were unable to break through with Allen Elroy performing the best when he finishing second.

Decorated sprinter Enry Walt after drawing perfectly in box eight had his trainer Gary Ennis quietly confident that Enry Walt's experience will give him an edge in the $28,000 to the winner final.

“Enry Walt was racing in his 12th final, and it certainly gave him an edge in big race experience over the rest of the field. He likes to use a bit of the track, and was drawn perfectly in box 8”. Gary Ennis said of his 2010 Silver Chief winner.

Time for the final was 27.22 with sections of 6.27 (Greta Bale) and 13.54 (Flash Drive).

After the placed runners the rest of the field finished in the following order. Hot Grille ($3.60), Flash Drive ($9.80), Malta ($8.00), Radley Bale ($4.10) and Rafferty Flyer ($27.70).

Enry Walt was bred and is raced and trained by veteran conditioner Gary Ennis at Sandhurst in Victoria. He is a Black Dog whelped January 2008 by from Awesome Saint (Awesome Assassin x Little Saint). Enry Walt has won 15 of his 46 starts and has been placed on 15 occasions. With the $28,000 first prize for the Horsham Cup it took his current stake earnings to $179,465.

Listed below are the previous winners of the Horsham Cup, famous for many years when run as an Easter carnival. The race has been won by some of the best sprinters to ever grace Victorian race tracks.

    Horsham Cup Honour Roll

  • 1978 Temsonny
  • 1979 Chukka Khan
  • 1980 Tempix
  • 1981 Time Bonus
  • 1982 Satan's Shroud
  • 1983 Virgo Rose
  • 1984 Propellant
  • 1985 Savage Touch
  • 1986 Aidan
  • 1987 Buka Sunset
  • 1988 Hay Dinney
  • 1989 Daisy Clover
  • 1990 Go Georgie
  • 1991 Rare Drop
  • 1992 Noble Stranger
  • 1993 Casino Tom
  • 1994 No Object
  • 1995 Midnight Flirt
  • 1996 True Type
  • 1997 Another Express
  • 1998 Lansley Bale
  • 1999 Legs Ahoy
  • 2000
  • 2001 Classic Capri
  • 2002 Timjim Bale
  • 2003 Monsters Inc
  • 2004 Brumby Lad
  • 2005 Foreign Legion
  • 2006 Marungi Blaze
  • 2007 Winsome History
  • 2008
  • 2009 Velocette
  • 2010 Our Toyman
  • 2011 Enry Walt
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