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
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
53.5 kgs and starting at 15/1, Just A Dash picked up what
now seems like a modest $310,000 in prize money.
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.
was mega owner Lloyd Williams first Melbourne Cup, winning
again in 1985 with What A Nuisance and also in 2007 with
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."
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.