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Flemington - Grand National Hurdle Meeting - 28/06/03



Race 1 Crisp Steeplechase

Race 2 Paul Perry Handicap

Race 3 Choisir At Royal Ascot Sprint

Race 4 Tooheys New Grand National Hurdle

Race 5 2003 VRC Winter Championship Heat 6

Race 6 Tooheys Old Handicap

Race 7 Tooheys Extra Dry Handicap

Race 8 Super Vobis Dulcify Handicap

It was a fine and sunny winter's day at Flemington for the 123rd. running of the Tooheys New Grand National Hurdle. The feature event was won by the Cliff Brown trained Alobar who was beautifully ridden by Willy Harnett. The experienced jockey set a good pace and led all the way for a magnificent win. He pinched a break at the top of the straight to make the champion hurdler Specular chase him. The tactic worked with Specular just failing to catch him on the line under his big weight. Earlier in the day the champion steeplechaser St. Steven was sent out a short priced favourite in the Crisp Steeplechase. He was again upstaged this time by Sir Ritchie who set up a break coming to the second last and held off the champ for a great win. This race will long be remembered for an amazing display of horsemanship by Craig Durden to stay aboard St. Steven after the bridle fell over the horse's ears early in the race and of skill and sportsmanship by Bill Williams who aided him in placing the bridle back in position as the field past the post the first time. Later in the day the sixth heat of the 2003 VRC Winter Championship was taken out by the consistent Little Dozer.

Alobar (13835 bytes)

Sir Ritchie (15347 bytes)

Little Dozer (17110 bytes)

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