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Sylvandale racehorse Australian Cup winner

Sylvandale racehorse_Australian_Cup winner

racehorse Sylvandale was foaled in 1931 and was by Silvius out of the mare La Begonnette (by Poor Boy)

His winning record included the VRC St Leger, AJC St Leger, 1934 Australian Cup and 1935 Chelmsford Stakes.

His win in the Chelmsford Stakes was written up in The Queenslander newspaper on 19 September 1935 as follows:

Sylvandale's convincing victory in the Chelmsford Stakes proved that he is fast reaching the form that characterised his brilliant efforts early this year, and all going well he will be a formidable rival to Peter Pan in the weight-for-age races in Sydney and Melbourne this spring.

He is one of the most versatile horses racing in Australia, and for a stayer he has an amazing turn of speed. Before the Chelmsford Stakes, Sylvandale was coupled for a large sum in the Melbourne Cup with the Caulfield Cup favourite Marabou, and on most charts he now shares favouritism with Peter Pan. The Chelmsford Stakes was the first of the season's rich weight -for-age races, and it attracted 12 runners.

There was little to choose for favouritism between Sylvandale and Rogilla, the former starting at 9 to 4 and the latter at 5 to 2. Latharna, at 4 to 1, was the only other runner seriously considered by backers. Ridden by J. Pratt the Sylvius horse was set a herculean task. Silver Standard acted as pacemaker for the first five and a half furlongs, with Sylvandale in close attendance. The latter was travelling so easily that it was apparent that he could take the lead whenever Pratt desired.

At the half-mile Pratt had him well in front from Homer, with Contact and Silver Standard next, and Rogilla putting in a great run. Sylvandale was still clear at the distance, but a little farther on he was called on to withstand serious challenges from Rogilla, Contact, and Latharna. So well did he perform his task that he was easing up some time before the winning post was reached, and won by three parts of a length from Contact, with Rogilla a head away third. The merit of Sylvandale's win was in the fact that it was only his second run this season. He cost 550 guineas as a yearling, and proved a bargain.

Silvius Silvern Polymelus
Silver Fowl
Addenda Spearmint
La Bergeronnette Poor Boy Perth
Strathglass Isinglass