Hope racehorse Doomben Cup winner
Hope was foaled in 1962 and was by London Cry out of the mare
Hunting Star (by Hunter's Moon).
won his third race start at Wyong in a Maiden Handicap with
16 starters. He gave the leaders at least 20 lengths at the
the turn and stormed home to win by the barest margin and was
described by caller Billy Hill as the best performance he'd
ever seen at a provincial race track.
was just a taste of greater things to come.
by Cyril Kearns his main claim to fame was when he won the Doomben
Cup in 1968 by two lengths and also won the AJC Summer Cup and
the Tattersall's Club Cup in 1969 after standing up the tearaway
leader Pirate Bird at least thirty lengths start at the half
mile to win by a neck and ridden by George Moore.
Hope also ran placings in the Brisbane Cup, Doncaster Handicap
and the Hotham Handicap.
was a real fairy tale career as Sandy's Hope has been purchased
as an unraced gelding by two mates for $460 at the Cowra sale
yards. Their names were Sandy Williams and Harry Sutherland
and their big hope was that the gelding might one day race at
the Cowra picnic meetings held regularly in the area....hence
the name Sandy's Hope.
never did race at the Cowra picnics!