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VAN DER HUM racehorse Melbourne Cup winner

Van Der Hum horseracehorse Van Der Hum was by the sire Hermes from Tip O'Dawn.

He won the rain marred Melbourne Cup in 1976 when a heavy storm struck the track an hour before the race was due to be run and turned it in to a "bog". Van Der Hum, who was regarded as a wet track specialist, attracted a lot of "smart money"bets after the storm and successfully defeated the Cummings trained Gold And Black who ran second.

Ridden by Bob Skelton at 54.5 kgs and from barrier 6, Van Der Hum, 9/2 favourite, won by 2 lengths from Gold And Black in the slow time of 3.34.1 and picked up the $150.000 purse. ''I cruised past them effortlessly,'' Skelton recalled regarding the opposition in the straight.

Prior to winning the Melbourne Cup, Van Der Hum had won the Herbert Power Handicap by 7 lengths, 3rd in the Caulfield Cup with 54kgs and was unplaced in the Cox Plate.

Legend has it that Van Der Hum was only in the race as a result of a joke. As the story goes, One of the members of the Waikato Racing Club in New Zealand was in the office when nominations for the Melbourne Cup were due.

An office clerk, having a bit of a crack, told him to enter one of his horses. Asked which one, the clerk responded: "Van Der Hum." So he did.

Van Der Hum was put down in July 2001, just short of his thirtieth birthday at Te Rore, near Pirongia in New Zealand.

 


  

 

Hermes Aureole Hyperion
Angelola
Ark Royal Straight Deal
Felucca
Tip O'Dawn Count Rendered Precipitation
Lady Sybil
Miss Pictavia Pictavia
Hauwiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van Der Hum Career Highlights:

 
AT 4
 
     
26-Mar-76
2nd
11 ran
Wairoa
1400m
Waihue Silent Way 1:25.6
17-Apr-76
2nd
18 ran
Rotorua
1900m
Clark Memorial Gentle Order 1:59.8
20-Apr-76
WON
18 ran
Riccarton
1600m
Middlepark Stud Maiden Lord Mercury 1:38.4
1-May-76
WON
14 ran
Waipa
2000m
River Plate Hcp Wata Devil 2:12.5
8-May-76
3rd
16 ran
Makaraka
2000m
Publican's Purse Dandeleith 2:04.6
12-May-76
WON
16 ran
Makaraka
2000m
Repongaere Hcp Midland 2:08.8
22-May-76
3rd
18 ran
Te Rapa
2200m
President's Hcp Arctic Bay 2:23.3
26-May-76
4th
19 ran
Maramarua
2000m
Cormack & Coleman Hcp    
12-Jun-76
WON
16 ran
Ellerslie
2200m
Tecoma Hcp Golan 2:36.9
19-Jun-76
WON
18 ran
Awapuni
2200m
Farewell Hcp Sally Dee 2:34.8
26-Jun-76
WON
13 ran
Hawkes Bay
2000m
Rotopai Hcp Fair Gold 2:12.4
 
AT 5
 
     
7-Aug-76
WON
18 ran
Hawkes Bay
2000m
Springvale Hcp    
11-Aug-76
WON
14 ran
Hawkes Bay
2000m
Highgate Hcp    
21-Aug-76
WON
8 ran
Te Rapa
2100m
Vercoe Hcp    
1-Sep-76
2nd
13 ran
Paeroa
2200m
Gregson Memorial Hcp    
18-Sep-86
WON
11 ran
Riccarton
2200m
Hutton Hcp    
9-Oct-76
WON
10 ran
Caulfield
2400m
Herbert Power Hcp Demerara 2:35.8
16-Oct-76
3rd
18 ran
Caulfield
2400m
Caulfield Cup How Now 2:36.7
2-Nov-76
WON
23 ran
Flemington
3200m
Melbourne Cup Gold And Black 3:34.1
12-Jul-77
4th
17 ran
Te Rapa
1600m
Manning Hcp    
17-Jul-77
4th
16 ran
Matamata
1400m
Davies Hcp    
 
AT 6
 
     
12-Aug-77
WON
17 ran
Matamata
2030m
Johnston Memorial    
20-Aug-77
2nd
13 ran
Te Rapa
2100m
Vercoe Hcp    
5-Nov-77
2nd
10 ran
Flemington
2500m
Fisher Plate Tom's Mate 2:37.1
 
AT 7
 
     
 
No races
 
     
 
AT 8
 
     
30-Apr-80
4th
13 ran
Avondale
1600m
Kelihar Plate    
 
AT 9
 
     
16-Aug-80
4th
9 ran
Te Rapa
2200m
Vercoe Hcp    
27-Aug-80
2nd
12 ran
Paeroa
2200m
Club Hcp    
 
AT 10
 
     
15-Aug-81
3rd
12 ran
Te Rapa
2800m
Aircon Hurdle    
11-Sep-81
WON
15 ran
Riccarton
2550m
Rodmore Hurdle    
19-Sep-81
2nd
13 ran
Whakatane
2800m
Eastern Hurdle    
26-Oct-81
2nd
16 ran
Te Rapa
2800m
Haworth Hurdle    
15-May-82
WON
8 ran
Te Rapa
3200m
Waikato Hurdle    
03-Jul-82
WON
10 ran
Hawke's Bay
3100m
Hawkes Bay Hurdle    
06-Jul-82
2nd
7 ran
Waverley
4100m
Egmont Steeple    
17-Jul-82
4th
8 ran
Te Rapa
3400m
Wellington Hurdle    
 
AT 11
 
     
05-Jul-83
4th
9 ran
Waverley
4400m
Egmont Steeple    
23-Jul-83
3rd
7 ran
Awapuni
4000m
Cup Steeple    
30-Jul-83
WON
6 ran
Rangitikei
4400m
Rangitikei Steeple    
 
AT 12
 
     
03-Jul-84
WON
8 ran
Waverley
4400m
Egmont Steeple    
14-Jul-84
3rd
10 ran
WRC
4000m
Riddiford Steeple