This week in racing history

FEBRUARY

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Beau Palomino won the 1972 Hobart Thousand, the last to be run over 540 yards (494 metres) before the distance was changed to 500 metres.

Arvo’s Junior won the 2004 Roy Maidment Memorial, run over 715 metres at Sandown Park, in a race record 42.10, clipping a substantial 34/100ths off the previous best, set by Jedi Lightsabre two years earlier.

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Local hope Trion Scout won the 1971 Hobart Thousand and earned $3,000 first prize money for his owner-trainer Phil Bowden. Trion Scout scored by just over a length from Major Clover and Midnight Cowboy with Victorian star Plunder Road, the winner of the 1970 Hobart Thousand, unable to defend his title, finishing sixth.

Digital Magic took out the 2009 National Futurity for trainer Mick Abbott. It was the first time the race had been run at the Gardens circuit, over 515 metres. Digital Magic defeated Sky Fly High and Nova Surf in 29.61.

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Victorian sprinter Plunder Road annexed the 1970 Hobart Thousand, run over 540 yards, exiting box eight to down local hope Mounthall Vista by just over a length in a fair 29.5.

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In a blanket finish, the unfancied Comrade In Arms defeated the Queensland pair of Deep North and Roanokee in the 1997 National Derby, run over 520 metres at Wentworth Park. Comrade In Arms scored by a neck with Roanokee a nose away third to pick up the $100,000 first prize money, the first time the race had been worth such a large amount to the winner.

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Medinah equalled the race record of 30.10 in taking out the 2002 National Derby at Wentworth Park by just over four lengths from Magic Hand.

Veteran mentor Kel Greenough trained the quinella at the 2014 Healesville Cup when straight-track specialist Frosty Jay Jay defeated kennelmate Paw Licking by three-quarters of a length in a track record 18.80.

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Linton’s Ace won the 1986 Toyota Trophy, run over 732 metres at Olympic Park, defeating Tempix Sue by four lengths after exiting box eight.

Rolly’s Run took out the 2005 Cyril Rowe Memorial (also called the South Coast Cup) over 472 metres at Bulli, defeating the highly-fancied Bond by a neck with Kinda Keen just three-quarters of a length away third. Rolly’s Run clocked 26.25 to set a new race record.

Goodesy set a new track record time of 28.38 for 515 metres at the Bulli circuit, in 2010.

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Reena Mac won the 1977 New Zealand National Distance Championship Elimination Final, run over 832 metres, by 10 lengths in 50.65. The victory gave Reena Mac qualification to contest the National Distance Championship, held that year over 732 metres at Harold Park in March. Reena Mac finished seventh in the final, behind Woolley Wong.

The Launceston 515-metre track record fell to Xylia Allen in 2013 when she took out the Launceston Cup by just over seven lengths from Fully Advanced and ran 29.09 to give trainer Graeme Bate his second successive victory in the $40,000-to-the-winner event.

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