History Of The Belmont Sprint

30
May

BELMONT SPRINT BACKGROUND

  • The Belmont Sprint was first staged in 1963 and won by Free Style, trained by Ray Warn and ridden by Gordon Dickinson.
  • It was run over 1200m from 1963-72 & 1974-77, 1300m from 1973 & 1978-81; 1400 since 1982.
  • Since 1980 it has held Group 3 status.
  • Notable winners included Luckygray, Grand Nirvana, Marasco, Rock Magic, Elite Belle and Let Go Thommo.

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).
  • Danny Miller, John Wilson, Mark Sestich, Paul Dyson, Linc Robertson and Pat Carbery are dual winners of the Belmont Sprint.
  • Staeck Harvey and Wilson are the only hoops to win the Belmont Sprint in successive years.
  • Father and son Ross and Craig Staples share bragging rights; the former guided home Clear Mak (1973), the latter followed up on Corporate Bruce (2001).
  • Current day trainers Jim Taylor (Global Impact), Michael Lane (Il Ferrari) and Stephen Miller (Tribula) have recorded one win each.

BELMONT SPRINT TRAINERS

  • Fred Kersley has trained a record four Belmont Sprint’s.  His first arrived in 1993 courtesy of Dynamor and continued with Marasco (2008), Grand Nirvana (2010-2011).
  • Kersley leads by two over Grant Williams, Buster O’Malley, Harold Campbell and Brian Boyle,
  • Boyle and Williams are the only successive trainers of the race.  Boyle: National Boy (1978-1979), Williams: Elite Belle and Shining Knight (2014-2015).

BELMONT SPRINT GENDER

  • In 54 editions of the Belmont Sprint the boys have it over the girls.
  • 36 colts and geldings have recorded wins.
  • Fillies and mare have been successful on nine occasions.
  • Horses have also won the race nine times.
  • The last mare to win: Wink And A Nod (2016).
  • Burgess Queen was a two-year-old filly when successful in 1977.

BELMONT SPRINT BARRIERS

  • Barriers one and five have recorded seven wins
  • Barrier one has been successful in three of the past four years.
  • Barriers two and eight are the second most successful starting positions.
  • Barrier 14 and 15 have not recoded wins.

BELMONT SPRINT/FASTEST TIME

  • Fastest time recorded over current distance: Another Omen-1.21.68 in 1987.

BELMONT SPRING AGE

  • Four and five-year-old’s have won the race on 17 and 14 times respectively.
  • Six-year-olds have been successful on six occasions
  • Three three-year-old’s have shone through.
  • The oldest horse to win a Belmont Sprint in the modern era was Rock Magic, as a seven-year-old last year.

BELMONT SPRINT/ROMA CUP

  • Santaland (1968), Firelight (1969), Clear Mac (1973), National Boy (1979), Tangiers (1980), Tribula (2003), Modem (2004), Grand Nirvana (2011) and Luckygray (2012).

PAST WINNERS

YEAR HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY
2017 Rock Magic Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske
2016 Wink And A Nod Justin Warwick Lucy Warwick
2015 Shining Knight Grant Williams Peter Hall
2014 Elite Belle Grant Williams William Pike
2013 Kerrific Watkins/Hitchcock Dan Staeck
2012 Luckygray Gino Poletti Shaun O’Donnell
2011 Grand Nirvana Fred Kersley Dan Staeck
2010 Grand Nirvana Fred Kersley Dan Staeck
2009 Universal Ruler Darren McAuliffe Paul Harvey
2008 Marasco Fred Kersley Paul Harvey

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au