History Of The Belmont Sprint

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Feature racing returns to Belmont Park on Saturday with the running of the Group 3 Belmont Sprint.  Here is an overview of the race that has seen notable horses like Luckygray, Grand Nirvana, Elite Belle, Let Go Thommo, Modem, Burgess Queen and Rock Magic grace its honour roll.

BELMONT SPRINT OVERVIEW

The Belmont Sprint was first staged in 1963 and won by Free Style.

It was held over 1200m from 1963-72 & 1974-77, 1300m from 1973 & 1978-81 and 1400 since 1982.

Since 1980 it has held Group 3 status.

BELMONT SPRINT JOCKEYS.

Paul Harvey and Dan Staeck share the best Belmont Sprint riding record with three wins each.

Harvey: Modem (2004), Marasco (2008) & Universal Ruler (2009).

Staeck: Grand Nirvana (2010-2011) & Kerrific (2013).

Staeck, Harvey and John Wilson are the only hoops to win the Belmont Sprint in successive years.

Wilson won on National Boy (1978-1979).

BELMONT SPRINT TRAINERS

Fred Kersley has trained four Belmont Sprint winners.  His first arrived in 1993 courtesy of Dynamor and continued with Marasco (2008), Grand Nirvana (2010-2011).

Grant & Alana Williams have won three: Elite Belle (2014), Shining Knight (2015) & Galaxy Star (2019).

BELMONT SPRINT GENDER

The boys have it over the girls since the inception of the Belmont Sprint.

35 geldings have recorded wins.

Mares have won it on eight occasions, the last Galaxy Star.

BELMONT SPRINT BARRIERS

Barrier five has recorded eight wins.

Barrier one has seven wins including three from the past six years.

Barriers two and six are the next best starting positions.

BELMONT SPRINT/FASTEST TIME

Fastest time recorded over current distance (1400m): Another Omen. 1.21.68 in 1987.

BELMONT SPRINT AGE

Four and five-year-old’s have won the race on 18 and 19 times respectively.

Six-year-olds have been successful on 10 occasions

Three three-year-old’s have shone six times

As seven-year-olds Rock Magic (2017) and Countlike (1970) are the oldest horses to win the Belmont Sprint.

BELMONT SPRINT/ROMA CUP

Santaland (1968), Firelight (1969), Clear Mak (1973), Craigie Boy (1975), National Boy (1979), Tangiers (1980), Tribula (2003), Modem (2004), Grand Nirvana (2011), Luckygray (2012), Rock Magic (2017).

PREVIOUS RUN

Since 2000 11 of the past winners were successful at their previous starts, four of those winners were first up. (Material Man-2018), Universal Ruler-2009), Corporate Bruce (2001) & News Review-2000).

WINNERS SINCE 2000

2019-Galaxy Star

2018-Material Man

2017-Rock Magic

2016-Wink And A Nod

2015-Shining Knight

2014-Elite Belle

2013-Kerrific

2012-Luckygray

2011-Grand Nirvana

2010-Grand Nirvana

2009-Universal Ruler

2008-Marasco

2007-Beat The storm

2006-Let Go Thommo

2005-Who Did It

2004-Modem

2003-Tribula

2002-Dark ‘N’ Dangerous

2001-Corporate Bruce

2000-News Review

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au

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