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Stories of The Star Championships Day 1

March 29, 2022

As Day 1 of The Championships approaches, we dig back into the past to find some memorable race day moments.

In 1929, Phar Lap (NZ) won the AJC Derby in race record time. His success had been slow in coming, but his Derby win is considered the beginning of his legendary status. He was lucky to even start in the race as from 1932 to 1956, geldings were banned from racing in the Derby.

In 1963, Time And Tide won the Sires Produce Stakes. Four years before, his brother Fine And Dandy had done the same. It was a small field that lined up in 1963. George Moore expertly gave Time And Tide every opportunity to win by 2 ½ lengths from Sunset Hue with Heirloom ½ length away in third.

In 1992, sixteen-year-old Paddy Payne became the second youngest jockey to win the Doncaster Mile. Payne was aboard Soho Square who broke the winning streak of Super Impose (NZ). Super Impose left his mark on the turf as winner of successive Doncaster’s and Epsom’s, winning Randwick’s feature mile races on four successive occasions.

In 2017, Chautauqua gave the crowd something to cheer about as he won the T. J. Smith Stakes for the third year running. English and Fell Swoop shared the placings again missing out on the top spot by 0.2 lengths and 1.5 lengths respectively.

What story will you tell?

Image: Soho Square and Paddy Payne after their Doncaster win, 1992, Bradley Photographers

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