This Week In Racing History

MAY

21st

Poetic Magic won the 2005 for trainer Kevin Mugavin, defeating Plastered by almost two lengths in 30.15 and earning $50,000.

22nd

Whyalla became the first place to stage a registered greyhound racing meeting in when it opened in 1971.

Ultimate Wish won the inaugural running of the in 1996, downing Warrigal Road by a length and earning $17,000.

Dalalla ran a race record 42.46 to take out the 1999 , defeating by just over six lengths.

Beer Assassin set a new track record for 600 metres at Canberra in 2011, running 34.36.

23rd

The Wauchope track opened at the Showgrounds in 1953. Racing was held here until 1971.

won the 2009 Maturity Classic by four and a half lengths for trainer Jason Thompson. In a rare occurrence in a major final, there was a dead-heat for second between Nova Surf and Firefly Bale.

El Grand Senor clipped 3/100ths off Brilliant Lee’s 440 metres track record at Sale in 2010.

Irma Bale became only the fourth greyhound to win back-to-back Sandown Cup’s when annexing the 2013 version, downing Tasmanian star Bell Haven and champion stayer , the latter having her final race start.

24th

In what was billed as his last public appearance before going to stud, Chief Havoc raced against the clock at Harold Park in 1947. Officials had set up a series of coloured discs at the 440yds (402m), 500yds (457m), 660yds (603m), 700yds (640m), 750yds (686m) and 800yds (732m) points to let patrons know when any record was equalled or broken. Although running on a wet track and with a blister between the toes of his near hind leg, Chief Havoc broke the 440yds record, equalled the 500yds mark, and broke the 660yds, 700yds, 750yds, and 800yds records. Jack Millerd, his owner-trainer, received £250, £100 appearance money and £25 for each record broken or equalled.

Strathalbyn, the second registered greyhound track in South Australia, opened in 1971. Racing was conducted over 585 yards (535 metres) and 825 yards (754 metres).

Prince Of Tigers set a new track record for 530 metres at when he won the 1997 West Australian Derby by five and a half lengths, running 30.52.

Irma Bale provided punters with a shock when taking out the 2012 Sandown Cup. The Graeme Bate-trained stayer defeated He’s My Future by a length with short-priced favourite Miata relegated to third.

25th

Be Faithful won the 1949 Autumn Cup over 800 yards (732 metres) at Harold Park in 43.7 which clipped 2/10ths off her own track record which she had set in April 1947.

Amerigo Man set a new track record of 24.34 for 434 metres at Mudgee in 1988. The time was never bettered.

26th

Sashweight led all the way to score by eight lengths over 750 yards (686 metres) at Newcastle in 1954, running 41.9 to smash the track record by a whopping 6/10ths. The record had previously been held by David’s Pet and Robin Buchanan (the winner of the inaugural Bi-Annual Classic, now the Peter Mosman Memorial, in 1952).

True Vintage set a new track record for 457 metres at when she ran 26.06 in 1988. It was her 15th successive victory.

Bobby Boucheau ran 41.57 to break the Sandown 715 metres track record in 2011, taking 7/100ths off the previous best set by Pillow Torque four months earlier.

27th

Keon Star became the first Victorian stayer to take out the Wentworth Park for 23 years when winning the 1995 running. Keon Star downed Johnny Glenoban and local star Miss Cruise.

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