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SHARPE MIND: Rich Rewards and a Randwick Row!

In this week’s SHARPE MIND blog sports betting PR legend GRAHAM SHARPE brings us a rundown of sensational, hard to believe, amusing, remarkable, pertinent & entertaining events which have happened over the years in the worlds of racing and betting during each specific week of the year. This week he digs out some of the golden moments from between 26 September to 2 October.

🗓️ SEPT 26, 1959……….FATAL FALL……..On the way to the starting line at Ascot, Priddy Fair whipped round, unseating jockey Manny Mercer – brother of Joe – and kicking him on the floor, fatally injuring the 29 year old whose biggest success was probably the 100/1 victory on Jockey Treble in the 46 runner Lincolnshire Handicap in 1947.

🗓️ SEPT 26, 2021…….BETTER LATE THAN NEVER…….Mum-of-one Linzi Dowdall, 36, won on 66-1 shot Khezaana in front of her 7yo daughter Ellie-Mae at the Curragh, a lengthy nine years after her last victory, which was on Polish Partisan in a Sligo bumper in 2012. The win came in the Tesoro Vita Ladies Trophy Handicap and her mount was trained by Donal Kinsella, who said after the race: ‘We couldn’t believe she was the price she was. I told everyone I met over the last few days to have a fiver each-way on her.’

🗓️ SEPT 27, 1826…………………..RICH REWARDS……………Mr Fraser’s horse, Richmond completed a two day meeting at Inverness, Scotland, today in 1826, during which the horse won a Gold Cup over 3 miles; a 1 mile handicap plate and two 3 mile heats of the Ross-Shire Plate – and, for good luck, finishedrunner up in the 2 mile Ladies Purse.

🗓️ SEPT 27, 2008…………..CLASSIC CURLIN’S CASH………..…..Four year old, Curlin became the first horse to crash through the $10m prize money barrier as he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. His career earnings reached $10.5m. From 2008-16 he was the highest N American money earner. His wins included the 2007 Preakness and Breeders Cup Classic, and the 2008 Dubai World Cup.In August 2008 the horse received a 134 rating from Timeform, which declared him the best horse in the world – on dirt.

🗓️ SEPT 28, 1797…………..WARTER FLOATS PAST PEPPER……………Seven horses contested a ‘very severe’ race involving two mile heats at Doncaster, with a £100 prize up for grabs. The contest came down to a match between Warter (sic) and Pepper Pot, who dead-heated in the second race, before Pepper Pot won the third,  Warter the fourth – before they dead-heated again in the fifth.

A deciding sixth heat was staged and Warter emerged the winner.

🗓️ SEPT 28, 1991……….TRACKSUIT DIDN’T SUIT TRACK…………………Sharp intakes of breath were heard at Ascot  as flamboyant, hefty US trainer, Roger Stein, who was born on this date, appeared in the parade ring to oversee his Forty Niner Days, not only sporting a blue tracksuit, but, horror of horrors, tie-less. The horse finished 5th of 9. Sadly, he passed away in 2019, aged 65. He sent out 470 winners during his career, collecting some $14m in prize money.

🗓️ SEPT 29…1983……….MILLION QUID SELLER BUYER…..…..The selling stakes race at Taunton became interesting after bidding reached 1100 guineas. As the price increased, a man offered 2800 guineas, indicating to the auctioneer that he was prepared to bid up to one million to win the auction. A little concerned, the auctioneer called in the police as the bidder declared himself to be a member of the SAS. He was taken away under protest and the auction restarted, with the winning horse, 5/1 shot, Kacere, being sold for 1800 guineas.

🗓️ SEPT 29, 2009……….AMENABLE OUTCOME……..Trainer David Nicholls’ runner Amenable was a shock winner at Southwell – returning odds of 100/1…..18 years earlier, Nicholls’ wife, Alex Greaves had become the first female to ride the winner of the Lincoln, doing so at 22/1 for trainer David Barron  – on a horse called Amenable.

🗓️ SEPT 30, 1805……CAPITAL CONTEST…In a match at Loughrea in Ireland, Miss Ouzley, riding grey gelding, ‘Deceiver’ beat Mr Gyles Eyre, on bay gelding Lord Howe. The Irish Racing Calendar reported on the ‘most Capital Race, and won by the Lady’s Extraordinary Jockeyship.’

🗓️ SEPT 30, 1844……….A BEACON FOR HURDLING…..With the sport still in its infancy in the USA, a hurdles race took place at Beacon Race Course in Hoboken, New Jersey. A report stated: ‘This was the first of its kind within the memory of the oldest inhabitant……we shall be disappointed if hurdle racing does not become a popular amusement among the manly sports of this country.’ The race was clearly action-packed as it was reported that one runner ‘knocked into the fence in an immortal smash, turned a somersett, sending his runner as far as a country boy can jerk a trout.’

🗓️ OCT 1, 1843…..NEWS OF THE TURF……Launching its very first edition on this date, the News of the World newspaper contained details of the betting on the Cesarewitch – and of October race meetings to be held at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Welshpool and Wrexham.

🗓️ OCT 1, 2019…………..DOPEY SUGGESTION?….…Twenty five years to the day since random drug testing of jockeys began, Racing Post writer, David Jennings suggested a possible punishment for jockeys found to have been indulging in prohibited substances: ‘Continue to lengthen the ban each year so, by the time 2025 comes around the ban for a positive cocaine test is five years or more’

🗓️ OCT 2,  1972………….PAT’S PERSIAN BRINGS UP THE 500……………Having had to wait since his 499th on August 4, trainer Pat (real first name, Hubert) Rohan saddled his 500th winner, 9/1 Persian Palm at Wolverhampton. In 1968 he had been the Flat’s most prolific trainer, with 52 winners, and from 1965, for three years his pupil/assistant trainer was one Michael Stoute. Rohan died, aged 82, in December 2015.

🗓️ OCT 2, 1994……RANDWICK ROW…………Racegoers at Aussie track Randwick were less than complimentary towards trainer David Hayes and jockey Grant Cooksley as their 25/1 shot Glastonbury was the winner of the A$450,000 Metropolitan – having run stone last of 18 in its last outing. Police had to intervene as the protests became unruly.

🗓️ AND FINALLY…..SEPT 30, 1898……..SLOAN ON HIS TOD…..…Young American jockey Tod Sloan rode five consecutive winners at Newmarket. Born in 1874, he’d come to the UK in 1897 and, explained the Sporting Life, ‘They laughed when he introduced to England a new racing posture. How else to describe this little man – crouching on his horse’s withers with his body horizontal upon the neck – but ‘monkey on a stick’? However, their ‘monkey’ was to cause them to laugh on the other side of their faces.

‘Was not his unorthodox crouch similar to the Red Indians’ style? Did it not afford the least possible wind resistance? The following season he rode 43 of his 98 mounts to success with 21 of the remainder in second place. And the season after, his winning score rose to 108 out of 345.’

It wasn’t all accolades, though, as ‘in 1900, the year in which through an unfortunate incident he was banished from the British turf, his success was less notable – for by then many others were copying his ‘monkey crouch.’’

His fortunes declined dramatically once he was out of racing. Sloan told his life story in a book titled “Tod Sloan by Himself” that was published in 1915, and he died in 1933.