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HISTORICAL RACE FIELDS....Part 3 - MOONEE VALLEY THOROUGHBREDS AND BEENLEIGH GREYHOUNDS [ More Items ]  
This mural, which appears on a sound barrier wall on one of Australia's busiest roads - Ipswich Road - at Redbank Plaza, is of Lance Waldon. The former miner, come boxing champion, trained greyhounds at the Beenleigh meeting of 13 April 1981 (see associated article) and he is still training greyhounds today.
08/07/10

Today is the third and final part of a three-part series looking back on historical race fields.

On 24 June in Part 1 of the series, I repeated the thoroughbred fields from the Brisbane (Doomben) meeting of 30 November, 1974 and from the Lawnton Cup heats of 21/5/74.

Then on 28 June the Sydney (Rosehill) fields from the main four races 30 November 1974 were reproduced, along with the four main races at the Gabba Greyhound Racing Club on 22 May 1980.

Today I reproduce the fields for the four main races from the Moonee Valley thoroughbred meeting on Saturday 30 November 1974 and for the four main races from the Beenleigh Greyhound Racing Club on Monday 13 April 1981.

At Moonee Valley on Saturday 30 November 1974, three of the eight races were worth $4,000 in total prizemoney whilst four of the other five races were worth $5,000 in total prizemoney. The feature race on the card was the “Victoria Stakes,” a race for “two-year-old colts and geldings” and it had $15,000 in overall prizemoney. You may recall on the same day that Sydney (Rosehill) raced for $6,000 for each of their eight races whilst at Doomben the prizemoney was $2,600 (four races), $2,800 (one race) and $3,000 (three races).

So let’s summarize that in a table form - and compare normal race prizemoney to the meetings last Saturday at Caloundra (Brisbane’s metropolitan meeting), Rosehill (Sydney’s main meeting) and Moonee Valley (Melbourne).

DATE

VENUE

PRIZEMONEY

% INCREASE

1974 to 2010

30/11/74

Doomben

$2, 600 to $3,000

30/11/74

Rosehill

$5,000

30/11/74

Moonee Valley

$6,000

3/7/10

Caloundra

$50,000

1923%*

1667%**

3/7/10

Rosehill

$70,000

1400%

3/7/10

Moonee Valley

$70,000

1167%

*working off the $2,600 figure which was the prizemoney for Novice and Transition races on the day at Doomben.

**working off the $3,000 figure which was the prizemoney for all other races on the day.

So interestingly, in a fact that will no doubt shock many thoroughbred racing devotees, whichever prizemoney level you want to take from the Doomben meeting of 30/11/74 - we find that Brisbane has had by far the biggest prizemoney increase in the last 36 years.

The “experts” that were tipping in the Australian for the Moonee Valley meeting on 30/11/74 were Peter Lovitt (Australian), Phil Wignell (Australian), Ross du Bourg (Australian), Keith Lofthouse (Telegraph), Ron Maund (Sportsman), Ron Taylor (Truth), Bob Robertson (Melbourne Herald), Jack McPherson (Melbourne Sun) and Bill Collins (3DB).

The four main races at Moonee Valley were:

Race 2 – 3YO OPEN – 1600m - $5,000

NO

HORSE

JOCKEY

TRAINER

1

JEVINGTON

S. Aitken

 A. Armanasco

2

GAY INN

R. Higgins

J.B. Cummings

3

DONDICE

G. Bamford

D. Shannon

4

STORM MONARCH

A. Trevana

G. Nichols

5

FIGHT

A. Williams

B. Burke

6

SAFE

C. Trotter

N. Hodgson

7

IRLANDAIS

R. Heffernan

G. Hanlon

8

STILL BRONZE

H. White

M. Simmonds

9

TIME HAZARD

W. Treloar

S. Martin

10

ARABIS

Scratched

N/A

11

MEREENIE

B. Gilders

P. Armanasco

12

MISS CARDINAL

S. Burridge (a 1.5)

T. Howe

13

PADDY’S GHOST

K. Roche (a 2.5)

N.L. Armanasco

14

BATTLE WIN

M Baker

B. Hutchison

15

WILY BILL

A. Cooper

T. Howe

 

Race 3 – Victorian Stakes – 2YO C&G – 1000m - $15,000

NO

HORSE

JOCKEY

TRAINER

1

CABOUL

R .Higgins

A. Lopes

2

SENTOSA

N. Waymouth

C. Waymouth

3

IMPELLER

A. Williams

T. Woodcock

4

MR EMOTIONS

H. White

A. Lopes

5

PREDOMINANT

S. Aitken

A. Armanasco

6

RUBY’S PRIDE

R. McCarthy

B. Hutchison

 

Race 5 – 3YO OPEN – 1200m - $5,000

NO

HORSE

JOCKEY

TRAINER

1

THE FOP

R. Higgins

J.B. Cummings

2

KING DOLL

C. Hayes

G. Ledger

3

GALALITO

R. Dawkins

R. Chapman

4

PURAMAKA

R. McLeish (a1.5)

G. Slater

5

TRIM

N. Waymouth

C. Waymouth

6

KING TOPAZ

S. Aitken

A. Armanasco

7

PRIDE OF THE STUD

S. Wood

B. Courtney

8

WAR PATROL

J. Parr (a2.5)

P. Morgan

9

COPPER EARL

N. Barratt (a3)

A. Elkington

10

COULD BE GREAT

P. Hulland

T. Courtney

11

FRIAR’S HOPE

M. Baker

C. Beechey

12

CHAMPAGNE EDITION

A. Trevana

G. Murphy

13

HENRY’S LADY

J. Gilberto (a3)

R. Wood

14

WAR COURT

A.G. Clarke (a3)

B. Logan

 

Race 7 – OPEN HANDICAP – 1600m - $5,000

NO

HORSE

JOCKEY

TRAINER

1

MY FRIEND PAUL

R. Higgins

A. White

2

PRINCE AMURA

S. Aitken

J. O’Brien

3

RED HOPE

G. Duryea

A. Honeychurch

4

PORTICO

J. Gilberto (a3)

N. Hoysted

5

WANTED TRUE

R. Heffernan

G. Hanlon

6

ATTILEE

M.Baker

I. Saunders

7

RICKSHAW LAD

P. Simonds

P. Simonds

8

DUAL CADET

P. Trotter

P. Clohesy

9

GREY ABBEY

K. Roche (a2.5)

A. Prentis

 

A few interesting facts to note from the Moonee Valley meeting were 1) three Armanasco’s all trained a horse that started in Race 2 as champion trainer Angus Armanasco had a runner, but so did a P. Armanasco and an N. L. Armanasco 2) a P. Simonds trained and rode a horse, Rickshaw Lad, in Race 7, but I remember a jockey Peter Simonds so maybe his father or brother, whose initial was also “P” was the trainer, albeit today there are odd cases in outback areas where a person is licensed as both a trainer and a jockey, 3) R. (Darby) McCarthy was riding there on the day, 4) the C. Hayes riding in Race 5 wasn’t the late top trainer Colin Hayes, 5) the only two trainers who were training horses that day in 1974 who are still training horses today are Bart Cummings and Peter Morgan 6) Tommy Woodcock of Phar Lap and Reckless fame had a runner on the day and 7) top class 2YO Caboul was quoted at 6/1 on favourite in the Australian for the Victorian Stakes. In his biography that appears in my 2006 published racing book, Eddie “The Fireman” Birchley named Caboul as the horse he flew to Melbourne to have $200,000 on - in his big punting days. That biography can be revisited below.

 At the Beenleigh Greyhound Club meeting on 13 April 1988, the President was T. Costigan, the Vice President was C. Russell and A. Gauci and the committee consisted of “Mesdames M. Bellamy and V. Williams, and Messrs L. Hoare, M. Stevens, R. Hazelgrove, W. Williamson, G. Mackay and K. Mew. The treasurer was F.D. Mayo, the Course Announcer was (the late) R. (Bob) Bowman and the Secretary/Manager was G. Hartig.

The track records were noted as being held by:

DISTANCE

GREYHOUND

TIME

330M

TEMANDER

18.94

463M

PERSIAN WAR

26.98

539M

PERSIAN WAR

31.51

788M

NEWTON JOHN

47.53

 

The four main races on the day were:

Race 3 -           FREE FOR ALL – 330 METRES - $160 PRIZEMONEY

NO

GREYHOUND

TRAINER

SIRE

1

EVEN SURFACE

A. Shaw

Smooth Approach

2

LIVELY RAPID

P. Davis

Lively Band

3

VACANT

-

-

4

BIG TROOPER

M. Debritz

Annerley Flyer

5

BALLY STINGER

L. Youngberg

Bally Kilty

6

VACANT

-

-

7

SCENDO ROSE

T. Jensen

Brown Lad

8

IDEAL SMILE

L. Hoare

Busy’s Chief

 

Race 6 – LOGAN STAKE – 463 METRES - $130 PRIZEMONEY

NO

GREYHOUND

TRAINER

SIRE

1

ALSAM ZANAR

J. Stimson

Ungwilla Lad

2

SKYLAB OPHIR

F. Christopher

Ophir Buggett

3

TUBERSYN

J. Dykstra

Tivoli Scout

4

TANAWAH BOY

B. Swift

Heathermor King

5

FUTURE JOY

P. Shaxson

Hurstwickam

6

MAHALA FLYER

L. Waldon

Rebel Attack

7

POKEY STAR

H. Little

Alpha Brava

8

BOTAR GIRL

P. Barclay

Bowetzel

9

MAVIE BABY (1st Res)

J. Atkins

Preappla

10

LITTLE LITO (2nd Res)

D. Cook

Blinky John

 

Race 7 – FREE FOR ALL – 539 METRES - $160 PRIZEMONEY

NO

GREYHOUND

TRAINER

SIRE

1

WINFIRE CHIEF

A. Mehler

Cowpark Yank

2

EDBARRY LASS

J(oan). Jones

Eddy Barry

3

COOCHIN NAROOMA

N. Pask

Cheers For Akii

4

SUPREME HIWAI

S. Wood

Waihi

5

LONG STUDY

A. Watts

Top Study

6

DESCENDANT

L. Hoare

Satan’s Legend

7

IONA CARROWKEAL

D. Horkings

Carrowkeal Ref

8

READER’S DELIGHT

T. Noble

Apollo Raider

9

MAJESTIC MIST (1st Res)

R. McCluskey

Sharp Tak

 

Race 9 – WOODRIDGE STAKE – 539 METRES - $130 PRIZEMONEY

NO

GREYHOUND

TRAINER

SIRE

1

TYPHOON SPECIAL

J. Stoddart

Magic Typhoon

2

SWIFT GRANARD

R. Yuill

Little Vaino

3

SPOTTED WOOLLEY

F. Herrick

Woolley Wilson

4

ALLAMANDA BABE

J. Dykstra

Gerard The Gent

5

VACANT

-

-

6

LYN SUAVE

M. McGlone

Mister Suave

7

TIGER WADE

T. Jensen

Wade Park

8

NANNA’S GEM

J.  Hope

Hagen View

 

It was advertised in the Beenleigh race book that Mister Oollee, the “Queensland Sire of the Year in 1980” was standing at stud for $200 at Reg Hazelgrove’s property, Lot 25 Bumstead Road, Marsden.

You can read Eddie Birchley’s biography that I wrote, which incorporates his big bet on Caboul by clicking HERE.

Part 1 of this three part historical race fields series can be read by clicking HERE.

Part 2 of this three part historical race fields series can be read by clicking HERE.

Lance Waldon's amazing biography that I wrote for my book can be read by clicking HERE.

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