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Sandy's Hope racehorse Doomben Cup winner

Sandy's Hope racehorseSandy's Hope was foaled in 1962 and was by London Cry out of the mare Hunting Star (by Hunter's Moon).

He 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.

It was just a taste of greater things to come.

Trained 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.

Sandy's Hope also ran placings in the Brisbane Cup, Doncaster Handicap and the Hotham Handicap.

It 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.

He never did race at the Cowra picnics!




London Cry Pardal Pharis
Lavender Birikan
Hunting Star Hunter's Moon Big Game
Spion Hill
Spreckley Marconigram