This Week in Racing History

JANUARY

8th

At what was only her 15th race start and her first attempt over the 800 yards (732 metres) trip at Harold Park, glamour stayer Golden Twinkle won a third grade event in 1972 by 10 lengths in 43.0, just 3/10ths outside Bunyip Bint’s track and world record. She became the third fastest greyhound to have raced at the trip to that time, with only Bunyip Bint and Travel Rev having gone quicker. Sadly, she was to break down a few months later.

Ben’s Fury won the 2005 Silver Chief Classic for trainer Jason Thompson, defeating Mr Tab and Where’s Hoover by almost seven lengths, using box one to perfection.

Gunnadoo Magic, Others Quoted and Fast Dream made it an all-NSW trifecta in the 2009 West End Draught Distance Championship, run over 731 metres at Angle Park, although the winner was trained in Victoria by Robert Britton.

On the same night, local hero Scull Murphy defeated Victorian champion El Galo by just over six lengths to annex the Interstate Challenge Cup at Angle Park.

9th

The first triple dead-heat in Queensland took place at the Loganholme track in 1964. Ma Parra, Waitawhile Lady, and Breakout could not be separated by the judge.

Victorian stayer Tammy Shanta downed South Australian star Ascapella Miss in the 1975 All Stars Invitation, run over 731 metres at Angle Park.

Pororoca ran a track record 29.68 to take out the 2006 Cranbourne Cup, defeating Leefull by just over eight lengths, with Vapour Whirl third.

10th

Victorian sprinter Tangaloa became Australia’s highest stakes winner with earnings of $91,365 in 1980, surpassing the previous record set by Acclaim Star just six weeks earlier.

Queensland star Pretty Fearless took out the first running of the Interstate Challenge, run over 530 metres at Cannington, in 1987.

Fly On Bonnie broke the Angle Park track record for 731 metres with a 42.56 effort in taking out the 2002 West End Draught Distance Championship from Ima Duke and Pristine Image.

11th

Welcome Banner won the 1997 New Year’s Trophy over 520 metres at Wentworth Park from Island Bird and Spanish Sting, earning $10,000 first prize money.

Back Tonight defeated Flintoff by just over three lengths in the 2008 final of the Mandurah Cup (405 metres) for trainer John Iwanyk.

12th

High Intensity took out the 1989 Roy Maidment Memorial Trophy over 716 metres at Sandown Park in a fast 43.65. High Intensity’s great rival Bold Trease came from last early to run fourth after a chequered passage.

The last of three runnings of the Australian Cup over 515 metres at Sandown Park took place in 1998 with Fibba defeating Split The Bill by three lengths for trainer Stan Ralph.

Whisky Assassin, trained by Jason Thompson, took out the 2005 Bulli Gold Plate, run over 472 metres, from Shrewd Suspect and Stir The Pot, running a quick 26.48.

13th

The Joe Hull-trained Bubble’s Luck defeated Haybit and Royarco in 1972 to win the inaugural running of the Roy Maidment Memorial over 715 metres at Sandown Park.

The 2004 Gosford Gold Cup was taken out by the Doreen Drynan-trained Addis Boy, picking up a cheque for $15,000.

14th

West Australian puppy Cheatin’ Charmer won his eighth consecutive race in 1988, over 530 metres at Cannington, to take his record to nine wins and one second from just 10 career starts. He was only sixth at his next outing, in heats of the Cannington Gold Cup but later went on to win the WA Derby by 10 lengths.

Proven Diego rocketed over the 472 metres at Bulli to snare the 2009 Bulli Gold Plate in a race record 26.06 for trainer Mark Azzopardi.

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