This Week in Racing History



Queensland sprinter Nujooloo set a new track record for 508 metres at Dapto, running 29.28 in 1998, slicing 12/100ths from the previous mark. Nujooloo was in scintillating form, having won at Dapto two weeks earlier in a fast 29.47 and then he went on to win over 520 metres at in 30.16 nine days later, just over three lengths outside the-then tack record.

On the same night at Dapto, the 1998 Dapto Classic final, worth $100,000 to the winner, fell to Western Marshal, who downed Golden Clover by three lengths. Third in the race was Alice Du Pont, who later became well-known as a charity greyhound, raising money when she raced under the new name of No Nads.


Askalon won the St Patrick’s Day Stakes at Hobart in 1943, notching his eighth consecutive victory at the track, a record not broken for 30 years.

Victorian’s completely dominated the 1986 Adelaide Cup final with Farquhar defeating Potty’s Gully by two lengths with future champion stayer Pharaoh’s Mask a length away third. Farquhar ran 30.28 for the 512 metres at .


Champion racer Sentinel notched his seventh successive victory when winning a Harold Park Stake (top grade) over 440 yards (402 metres) in 1936, downing Weltown and eight other sprinters.

The Jason Thompson-trained equalled the first sectional records of 4.99 and set a new mark of 18.76 for the second section on his way to winning the 2009 Bert Bryant Memorial over 515 metres at Sandown in a fast 29.55.


Lyn’s Daisy won the 2008 Easter Chase over 720 metres at Wentworth Park by three-quarters of a length from Fancy Penny in a fast 42.33, earning $20,000 for trainer and her connections.

On the same night in 2008, picked up $150,000 for trainer Max Burdekin in winning the 520-metre Golden Easter Egg, defeating Victorian pair Winoki and One Tree Hill in 30.16.


Mystic Hope took out the 1987 Victorian final of the National Distance Championship (champion stayer was third) over 732 metres at Olympic Park.

broke the 520 metres track record at Wentworth Park in 2013, running 29.27 to obliterate Queen Lauryn’s previous time standard of 29.44.


Sensational speedster established a new track record for 457 metres at the (Parklands) in 2004, running 25.61. This was just eight days after setting new track figures for 520 metres at Ipswich. It also meant he now held both sprint records at the Gold Coast, after setting a new track record for 429 metres in January 2004.

Cool Mat broke the track record with a 30.42 effort in the final of the 2006 Richmond Derby, run over 537 metres at Richmond. Cool Mat defeated Victorian Another Whisky by a length and a half.


Victorian sprinter Satan’s Legend blitzed the field to win the 1978 Bi-Annual Classic (later the Memorial) over 457 metres at Harold Park by seven lengths and running 25.95 to set a new track record.

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