Historical Look At Pinjarra Classic

26
Feb

The Pinjarra Classic was first staged in 1998 and taken out by Sounds Of Legend, prepared by Jim Taylor and ridden by Paul Harvey.
The inaugural race contained nine runners and Sounds Of Legend crossed from the widest gate to defeat Volstag by a half-length with Zacaboy close behind in third place.
Sounds Of Legend commenced on the third line of betting with Cash In The Bank, who started favourite and second elect, Jacks Or Better, running sixth and eighth respectively.
Sounds Of Legend, who retired in 2000 under the care of Chris Stelmach, gave Harvey the first of three winners and the tag as most successful rider in Pinjarra Classic history.
He later scored in 2001 when he partnered Bumbelina for trainer, Lindsey Smith and 2002 on the Michael Campbell-trained, Mr Callahan.
The champion horseman is the only jockey to win the Pinjarra Classic in consecutive years and was denied a hat trick when Kame’s Hope defeated Mr Callahan by a neck.
Troy Turner (Watermans Bay-2014, Kame’s Hope-2003), William Pike (Vermeer-2013, Glory Hunter-2010), Shaun O’Donnell (Bites The Dust-2012, Royal Lott-2006) and Peter Hall (Royal Lott-2008), Mapperholic-2004), have two wins each.
Pike has featured in six of the past 11 Pinjarra Classic finishes with two wins and four placings.
Jockey Alana Williams and trainer Christine Stelmach became the first of their gender to win Pinjarra’s feature sprint when they combined with On Target (2005).
They were joined by Kyra Yuill in 2011 when Henry De Horse, trained by Derek Jones, raced on pace and defeated Foxy Boy by 1 ¼ lengths.
Geoff Roberts is the only trainer to prepare multiple winners when Corporate Gun defeated Catalaq (1999) and Terwilliger (2000).
The son of Corporate Raider and Royal Lott (2006-2008) are the only two-time champions.
In two of the past three years the feature race has been quinellaed.
Last year Vaughn Sigley finished one-two when Black Heart Bart defeated Dawn Approach.
In 2013 co-trainers Bruce Watkins and Gary Hitchcock prepared Vermeer and Kerrific.
Black Heart Bart is the highest weight carrier to win the race when he lumped 59kg.
Gates two and nine have the most successful record with four wins each. Barriers one, six, ten and twelve have two wins apiece.
Barriers three, four, five, seven, eight, eleven, thirteen and 15 have not tasted success.
Since 1998, seven of the 18 winners have won their previous race and eight have been placed.
Bites The Dust (2012), Silver Seam (2007) and Bumbelina (2001) are the three successful mares.

RWWA: Julio Santarelli