This Week In Greyhound Racing History: 19th November – 25th November
Written By Duncan Stearn Tuesday 19th November 2013
Brother Bee (The Fort x Shantung) had his first start in Australia in 1974 after winning the New Zealand St Leger and being automatically seeded into the NSW St Leger (now Paws of Thunder) series. From box one over 486 metres at Gosford he went straight to the lead and careered away to score by 10 lengths in 29.00, the best time of the night.
Sentinel equalled the Maitland 440 yards (402 metres) track record in 1935, winning by 10 lengths and confirming his rising star status.
Sensational sprinter Milimsimbi won the 1969 Melbourne Cup (run over 555 yards; 507 metres), leading all the way from box eight to score by two lengths from kennelmate Benjamin John and give NSW and trainer Stan Cleverley the quinella. Milimsimbi earned $6,500 for his victory, his 14th in only 20 starts. Milimsimbi would race only one more time, breaking down in a semi-final of the 1970 Australian Cup.
South Australian champion Bristol Sue scored a narrow half-neck victory in the 1974 Summer Cup at Angle Park. It was her second successive victory in the 512-metre event.
In what proved to be a one-sided affair, Ambitious Eagle, the winner of the Capalaba Derby, downed Lazy Buck Too by six lengths in a match race run up the 366 metres straight at Capalaba in 1980. Lazy Buck Too had won the National Straight Track Championship twice and had scored 11 wins in 12 starts at Capalaba. After the race he was found to have injured a groin.
NSW speedster Footlight Flashes won the first running of the Melbourne Cup, conducted up the straight at Napier Park in 1933. Footlight Flashes defeated Romping Andy by half a length and earned £130 ($260) for the victory.
Chief Havoc broke the 500 yards (457 metres) Wollongong track record in 1946, winning by three lengths in 28.0.
Speed machine Miss Alliance overcame box six to easily win the 1974 Lithgow Golden Muzzle for trainer Phil Wagg.
Running over 544 metres at Cairns in 1989, Matelot scored by six lengths and embarked on a 12-race winning streak both at Cairns and Townsville and included breaking the Cairns track record.
Having only his second official race start, Victorian stayer Allocate won a semi-final of the 1973 Summer Cup over 732 metres at Harold Park for owner-breeder Rod Deakin and trainer Max Hammond. The brindle dogs’ kennelmates Corcoran and Retreat also won their semi-finals to give Deakin an unprecedented three of the four semi-finals of the prestigious race.
Texas Gold defeated local star Arvo’s Athena to take out the 2005 Carnival Cup over 715 metres at Sandown Park, becoming the first NSW greyhound to win the event since its inception in 1981. The race was then known as the Bookmaker’s Trophy (to 1998).
The Bob Doak-trained Dusty Trail won his maiden over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park in 1972 by 10 lengths in 26.4, a time which equalled the fastest ever recorded in a maiden stake at the track.
Trainer Graeme Bate rugged up four starters in the 1999 Melbourne Cup and finished with the trifecta when Kantarn Bale downed Devon Road by four and a half lengths with Flying Law just over a length further back. His other starter, Moonambel Tiger, was seventh.
Local champion Damek took out the 2010 Tasmanian Gold Cup (aka Hobart Gold Cup), scoring by almost six lengths from Regal Love for trainer Eileen Thomas.