This Week in Racing History

MARCH

5th

Flying Brinnie scored an amazing win over 500 yards (457 metres) at Lismore in 1949. After turning around in the boxes, Flying Brinnie was left hopelessly at the start and looked to have no chance, but caught up to the field and when they ‘jammed’ at the halfway point she gained a run through along the fence, going on to score by a length in 28.8, the slowest time of the night. The best of the night was 27.7.

6th

Kirsty’s First won the 1986 National Distance Championship final, run over 704 metres at the Gabba. The Queensland star defeated NSW champion National Lass (who had won her previous 14 successive starts). Victorian champion Bold Trease was fifth.

Bogie Leigh, from Queensland, defeated Monster’s Inc by three lengths to annex the 2004 Australian Cup in a race record 29.92 for the 525 metres at the Meadows.

Spring Gladiator won the 2006 Bathurst Gold Cup by just over five lengths and earn his connections $10,000 first prize money, double what it had been the previous year.

7th

Oakleigh Cola took out the 1959 NCA Australian Championship, run over 580 yards (530 metres) at Wentworth Park, defeating Rodney Hill and Ravada. Champion sprinter Magic Babe could only finish fifth, but after the race was found to be injured and was forced into retirement, having won 26 of 56 career starts, including four victories in five meetings against the superstar Rookie Rebel.

Beckley Park , Geelong, opened for racing in 1980. It would house greyhound racing in Geelong for the next 30 years. Tempix set the time standard for 457 metres, running 26.30.

8th

Black Aztec scored his maiden victory, at his first race outing, up the straight at Appin, in 1980. He went on to an illustrious career which included wins in the Melbourne Cup and Hobart Thousand.

Matelot notched his 12th consecutive victory, over 544 metres at Cairns, in 1990. He was beaten into fourth place at his next outing, a heat of the Cairns Cup.

9th

Oak Queen scored by 17 lengths in a new track record time of 43. 12/16 over 785 yards (718 metres) at Launceston in 1959 in a heat of the Launceston Distance Championship.

New Zealand trainer John McInerney trained the quinella when his two Kiwi charges Anna Lee Whisky and Winsome Gem ran first and second in the 2006 Sister City Cup, held at Angle Park.

10th

Gracious Elect won his seventh consecutive race when he annexed the final of the 1949 President’s Handicap over 300 yards (274 metres) at Beenleigh. He defeated Lucky Diann by half a length. He had earlier made it six on end when defeating Lucky Diann by half a length in his heat, run earlier in the day.

Bogie King won the 2011 Queensland Derby for trainer Ryan Ayre, defeating Yowyeh, High Interest and He Knows Uno (fourth).

11th

Zoom Top won the 1970 Singleton Gold Cup by just over a length from Bunyip Bint. The victory was Zoom Top’s 68th, and last, of her illustrious career.

Pororoca defeated Superman by almost two lengths in the 2006 Interstate Challenge, run over 530 metres at Cannington.

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