This Week in Racng History



The Brindle Havoc-Runaway Joe ring-in took place at Lismore in 1949. Three men brought a greyhound they claimed was a Queensland sprinter named Brindle Havoc to race at Lismore. The dog was backed in from 5/2 ($3.50) to 1/3 ($1.30), but was discovered to be a ring-in and was in fact a well-performed NSW greyhound named Runaway Joe. The three men were disqualified, as was the dog. The attempted ring-in eventually led to the introduction of .

Paul’s Thunder won the first of two successive Sandown Cup’s, in 1970. The black bitch defeated Worthy View by two lengths with champion NSW chaser Busy’s Charm (Zoom Top’s litter sister) a length away third.


Bristol Sue, trained by Doug Payne, won the 1975 South Australian Sprint Championship at Angle Park by three and a half lengths in a track record 30.64 for the 512 metre trip.

Crystal Light, trained by Victorian , won a scrappy 1999 National Futurity, run over 520 metres at Wentworth Park, defeating Pascali Bale by three-quarters of a length with Poetic Light a neck away third.


Velocette managed to defeat the highly-fancied El Galo to collect the 2009 Australian Cup final and pocket $150,000 first , an increase of $25,000 on the previous year. El Galo had also run second in 2008, behind Tasman Queen. The winner was trained by , his first outright winner of the Cup after sharing the training honours with Blackjack Tom in 2003.



China Trip created history when she won her second consecutive Australian Cup in 1993, then run over 511 metres at . Exiting box six, China Trip began well and led all the way, just lasting to defeat South Australian sprinter True To Do by a head, exactly the same margin she had scored by when winning in 1993. Bomber Gleeson was third in both 1993 and 1994.

Blackjack Tom (trained by Graeme Bate) and Most Awesome (trained by Max Burdekin) dead-heated for first in the 2003 Australian Cup, only the second time a dead-heat had occurred in a major Melbourne sprint event (the first being the inaugural in 1993).


The first running of the Maturity Classic over 525 metres at the took place in 2002 with Rocka Cockatoo winning for Patricia Chaker. It was also the last time the final was held in March.

Path To Power set a new raced record of 29.69 in winning the 2006 DDC over 515 metres at Sandown for trainer Darren McDonald.


Worth Doing scored his ninth successive victory when he won the 1989 Richmond Gold Cup, over 537 metres, by eight lengths from top-class sprinter Mister Britain, running a fast 30.95. It was his 21st and last race start. He had raced just five times in 1989 for five wins and would controversially be named NSW .


reopened for racing in 1950 under the control of the GBOTA, led by secretary Vic Peters. Greyhound racing at the track had previously been under the control of the Harold Park Trotting Club. On the same night, the first Dave Alexander Memorial Stake was run, taken out by It’s Easy.

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