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Just A Dash racehorse Melbourne Cup Winner

Just A Dash - Melbourne Cup Winner 1981Just A Dash was by the American sire Whiskey Road from the mare Native Lass and was foaled near Canberra in 1977 and was one of only two Melbourne Cup winners trained by the legendary T J Smith. (His other was Toparoa in 1955.)

Just A Dash Won the 1981 Melbourne Cup defeating El Laurena and Flashing Light in the time of 3.21.2 ridden by Peter Cook whose father, Billy Cook, also won the Melbourne Cup in 1941 on Skipton and 1945 on Rainbird. In fact they are the only father-son combination to have Won this great race.

Carrying 53.5 kgs and starting at 15/1, Just A Dash picked up what now seems like a modest $310,000 in prize money.

Prior to winning the great race, Just A Dash had run 2nd i the Underwood Stakes over 2000m, 4th in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m), 7th in the Herbert Power Handicap (2400m), 6th in the Caulfield Cup with 54 kgs and fifth in the Dalgety over 2500m with 56.5 kgs.

It was mega owner Lloyd Williams first Melbourne Cup, winning again in 1985 with What A Nuisance and also in 2007 with Efficient.

It was a big punting day for Williams in 1981 who later said: "I think we got between $600,000 and $700,000 but then I also cleaned up on the daily double as I owned the second leg winner That's The Time."

Williams had seen Just A Dash as a three year old in Sydney, bought him with business partners Tom Pettiona and George Frew and gave him to T J Smith with the mission to win the Adelaide Cup and Melbourne Cup. Just A Dash Won the Adelaide Cup also in 1981.

 

 

 

 

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Career Highlights

AT 2
 
   
24-Nov-79
Won
13 ran
Canberra
1000m
2YO Maiden Hcp  
8-Dec-79
Won
8 ran
Canberra
1000m
2YO Hcp  
22-Mar-80
2nd
8 ran
Gundagai
1100m
2YO Hcp  
5-Apr-80
2nd
11 ran
Canberra
1400m
Southern Foal Stakes  
1-May-80
3rd
9 ran
Wagga
1260m
2YO Stakes  
21-May-80
Won
14 ran
Randwick
1600m
Mosaic Hcp  
 
AT 3
 
   
27-Sep-80
Won
7 ran
Wagga
1600m
Cootamundra Cup  
18-Oct-80
Won
7 ran
Wagga
1600m
Handicap  
29-Oct-80
Won
8 ran
Randwick
2000m
Dee Why Stakes.  
7-Feb-81
Won
13 ran
Wagga
1500m
Handicap  
28-Feb-81
2nd
18 ran
Rosehill
1500m
Jubilee Welter  
6-Apr-81
3rd
5 ran
Rosehill
2000m
Rawson Stakes Hyperno
2:11.6
25-Apr-81
3rd
12 ran
Randwick
2000m
Frank Packer Plate Shaybisc
2:03.1
2-May-81
3rd
8 ran
Randwick
2800m
St Leger Stakes November Rain
3:02.4
9-May-81
Won
11 ran
Morphettville
2600m
St Leger Stakes Rock Show
2:48.0
18-May-81
Won
20 ran
Morphettville
3200m
Adelaide Cup Beau Noble
3:23.2
 
AT 4
 
   
12-Sep-81
4th
9 ran
Flemington
1600m
Craiglee Stakes Sovereign Red
1:36.5
24-Sep-81
2nd
5 ran
Caulfield
2000m
Underwood Stakes Sovereign Red 
2.02.3
3-Oct-81
4th
4 ran
Flemington
2000m
Turnbull Stakes No Peer
2.03.9
3-Nov-81
Won
22 ran
53.5
Flemington
3200m
Melbourne Cup El Laurena
3:21.2
6-Mar-82
3rd
7 ran
57
Randwick
1600m
Chipping Norton Stakes Vivacite
1:39.5
20-Mar-82
2nd
8 ran
57
Rosehill
2000m
Rawson Stakes Allez Bijou
2:02.7
 
AT 5
 
   
23-Sep-82
4th
11 ran
59
Caulfield
2000m
Underwood Stakes Fearless Pride
2:00.6
9-Oct-82
2nd
18 ran
59.5
Caulfield
2400m
Herbert Power Handicap Carringbush
2:31.6
AT 6
 
   
13-Aug-83
3rd
8 ran
57
Rosehill
1900m
Persian Link Hcp Impulsor
1:58.6
3-Sep-83
2nd
8 ran
57
Warwick Farm
2400m
Tattersall's Plate Gala Mascot
2:30.4
17-Sep-83
3rd
11 ran
57
Rosehill
2400m
STC Cup Tulsa Knight
2:33.5
29-Oct-83
4th
12 ran
56
Flemington
2500m
Hotham Hcp Chagemar
2:37.5
29-Feb-84
4th
13 ran
61.5
Pakenham
1400m
Welter My Musskorade
1:25.0
7-Apr-84
4th
15 ran
57.5
Caulfield
1400m
Monash Welter Hcp What A Nuisance
1:24.0
25-Apr-84
3rd
8 ran
56.5
Flemington
2500m
Shaggy Ridge Hcp Special Khan
2:42.0

 

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