I’ve had a lot of emails about the longest sequence of wins since greyhound Tropical One won at Cairns last Saturday night – to create a new greyhound record of 22 straight wins.
I’ve researched my records and have come up with the following across the 3 codes of racing.
Just to show people who tend not to treat the feat of breaking the record with the accolades it deserves, you will see, for instance, in the greyhound industry in the last 53 years only 4 greyhounds have held the record. The greyhound records read:-
1951 Victorian greyhound HARRYED won 14 races in a row. The record stands for 30 years. 1981 Harryed’s record is broken by South Australian bitch KATE’S A SCANDAL who won 15 races in a row when she won the 1981 National Sprint Championship at Olympic Park in Melbourne over 511 metres.
1989 Mt. Isa greyhound SOPHOCLES breaks Kate’s A Scandal’s record and took his sequence to 21 in a row before he was beaten.
2004 Cairns greyhound TROPICAL ONE breaks the record of Sophocles as he wins 22 in a row at Cairns on the 1st May 2004.
I recently did a full report on the harness racing industries leading horses in sequence of wins. It reads:-
San Simeon 29
Maori’s Idol 24
Lucky Creed 24
Garry’s Advice 18
Radiant Venture 18
Village Kid 17
Court Jester 16
Popular Alm 15
San Simeon was a champion West Australian pacer for Lou Austin. He was born in 1976 and his first major win at 2YO in 1979 was the Western Australian Sires Classic over 1609 metres at Gloucester Park. He dominated the Western Australian pacing scene from the age of 2YO, also winning the 2YO championship the Western Australian Golden Slipper Stakes over 2100 metres. The race that showed the class of the great San Simeon was the 1981 Benson and Hedges Western Australian Pacing Cup over 2625 metres which he won breaking the winning sequence of a pretty fair horse called Pure Steel, who incredibly had won the previous four runnings of the race! To show how slugs don’t win the race, the 1983 version was won by Gammalite, in 1984 Preux Chevalier won and the great Village Kid won in consecutive years – 1985 and 1986.
San Simeon capped his great career with a win in the 1981 Inter-Dominion in Hobart where he won that year’s A$136,500 prizemoney feature over 2750 metres from Single Again and Ardstaw.
San Simeon was named “Australian Harness Horse of the Year” (pacer or trotter of any age) for the 1980–81 season. That award followed him winning the “Two Year Old Pacer of the Year” national award for the 1978-79 season and the “Three Year Old Pacer of the Year” national award of the 1979-80 season.
As usual in any of these issues, the records are old and hard to confirm. I’ll back myself to be correct on the greyhounds and harness racing writings. The “thoroughbreds” category is always a contentious issue – in terms of who holds the record.
Last week one major newspaper journalist stated that “the record of 22 in a row in the thoroughbred code is held by Sava Jet and Miss Petty”. I dispute that - as Sava Jet was a “quarter horse” – not a thoroughbred. Quarter horses like Sava Jet did race at thoroughbred meetings however. Anyway let’s run with him being correct and say:-
22 wins Sava Jet and Miss Petty (who were both Queensland country performers).
21 wins – Picnic In The Park in 1984 -85. Trained by a lovely chap with the surname Raabe in the South Burnett (around Kingaroy, Wondai) area of South East Queensland, I was involved in helping them put a big plunge on Picnic In The Park at Ipswich track for the trainer – and he bolted in. I might write a story on that one day here. Anyway, if memory serves me correct Picnic In The Park equalled the 22 wins record and then returned a positive swab – and went back to 21 wins. His trainer was disqualified and to my knowledge he never trained another horse – such was his disgust.
Other horses with a long sequence of wins were:-
20 wins – Shackel Bar (a South Australian galloper on the country and picnic circuit).
19 wins – the great Gloaming.
18 wins – Ajax – whilst he won 18 in a row he still holds the record as the shortest priced favourite ever to get beaten in a race when beaten by Spear Chief in a 3 horse race at Rosehill in March 1939 at 40-1 on.
17 wins – Mainbrace.
16 wins –Gay James.
15 wins – Carbine, Bernborough.
14 wins – Phar Lap.
13 wins – Limerick.
12 wins – Tulloch, Firestick and No Involvement.
11 wins – Kingston Town, Eurythmic, Beau Livre and Somerset Fair.
10 wins – Surround, Kindergarten, Proud Miss, Raconteur and Gay Lungi.
9 wins – Eye Liner, Pago Pago, Barham, Mollison, Kendon, Beauford, Chide and Grand Flaneur.
It is also interesting to note that the Australian record for the longest winning sequence of wins over hurdles or steeples is held by the great hurdler Lots of Time who won 9 in a row in Victoria in 1969 (between March and June). Lots of Time was owned by TV games show host Jimmy Hannan. The previous record of 8 in a row was held by South Australian hurdler Air Fox.