This Week In Racing History

MARCH

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Feltebarb outstayed Benjamin John to win the 1969 Bulli Gold Cup by a length and half over 675 yards (617 metres) at Bulli, running a fast 36.3. Three finalists fell at the first turn.

The Smoother became the first greyhound to un below 30 seconds over 555 yards (507 metres) at Dapto when he won an Invitation Stake by seven lengths in 1970, scoring in 29.9. The previous track record was 30.1, set by Jobi Lass and equalled by Benjamin John, Zoom Top, Silent Ring, and Thunder Liza.

Mountain Of Love set a new track record time of 29.71 for 520 metres in taking out the 2007 running of the Nowra Puppy Classic. Trained by Ruth Matic, Mountain Of Love earned $15,000 for the victory.

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Top Saba set a new race record of 30.9 for 580 yards (530 metres) in annexing the 1971 National Futurity for trainer Geoff Watt. Top Saba scored by five lengths and clipped 5/10ths off the previous race record. Her time was also just 1/10th outside the long-standing track record.

Major Gossip downed track record holder Iceni Princess in a match race held over 520 metres at Wentworth Park in 1993. Major Gossip led all the way to win by two lengths.

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Zany Zen took out the 1981 National Futurity at Wentworth Park, the last occasion the event was run in March until 1990. She became the first Queenslander to win the premier race for female greyhounds.

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Champion stayer Lizrene won her second successive Sandown Cup when she scored by nine and a half lengths over 785 yards (718 metres) in 1973. Lizrene ran the journey in 43.24, which would have been a new track record except that it was hand-timed and so was declared unofficial. She had won the 1971 running of the Sandown Cup by seven and a half lengths.

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Miss High Lo scored by six lengths from Gaytilla and Valodia in the 1974 Wentworth Park Gold Cup (722 metres), running 43.25 to break the race record of 43.3, set two years earlier by Ragsie.

Superman, Trewly Special and Pororoca made it an all-Victorian trifecta finish in the 2006 Perth Cup. Superman scored by three lengths in 30.18 over the 530 metres at Cannington, earning $100,000 for the victory.

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High Intensity took out the Victorian final of the National Distance Championship, in 1988, at Sandown Park. High Intensity, trained by Joe Hili, relegated arch rival Bold Trease into third place.

Dallas Duo downed Master Giant to take out the 1993 Ballarat Cup for trainer Joe Hili. Among the unplaced division was top-class sprinter Bomber Gleeson (sixth), who had finished sixth in the 1992 running.

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The final of the 2006 Tedesco Formal Wear Trophy, run over 720 metres at Wentworth Park, was taken out by Red Dusk, who defeated Taunting by two lengths in a new race record 42.60.

Sargent Major broke the 725 metres track record at the Meadows in 2006, running 42.28 and clipping 6/100ths off Malfoy’s previous mark, set in March 2005.

Dana Beatrice won the 2009 Bathurst Gold Cup for trainer Rod McDonald, downing Athur Ritis by three-quarters of a length and earning $12,500 for her connections.

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