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Arwon racehorse Melbourne Cup winner 1978

Arwon, winner of the 1978 Melbourne Cup, was not always Arwon. In fact, he started his career as Flash Guy in New Zealand before being syndicated to a group of punters who lived in Nowra in New South Wales.

They changed Flash Guy's name to Arwon, which, of course, is Nowra spelt backwards. the first Melbourne Cup winner, Archer, was also Nowra owned.

He was bred in New Zealand being by Aritzo from the mare Fair Flash.

Arwon was first trained by John Morrissey in Canberra before being sent to George Hanlon, the Victorian trainer, who set him up for his Melbourne Cup victory, where he was ridden by Harry White. In that 1978 event he defeated Dandeleith and Karu.

White said Arwon was underrated. "He was a great horse. I said to George before the Melbourne Cup he was the closest thing I've seen to a good thing in a major race."

In his lead up form to the event, he'd won the Geelong August Handicap of 1700 metres, the Seymour Cup with 52kgs, ran second in the Heatherlie Handicap over 2100 metres with 52.5 kgs and run second in the Metropolitan Handicap with 49 kgs.

Immediately prior to the Cup he'd won the Herbert Power Handicap over 2400 metres and run second in the Caulfield Cup with the postage stamp weight of just 49 kgs. beaten in that race by Taksan. Almost the entire crowd of 45,000 at Caulfield on October 21, 1978, believed that Arwon had edged past Taksan to win the cup, only for Taksan to be declared the winner. (In the Melbourne Cup, Taksan finished 16th.)

Arwon also won the Sandown Classic which, in those days, was known as the Sandown Cup, a Group II event.

He contested the 1980 Melbourne Cup finishing ninth to Beldale Ball and fifth to Just A Dash in 1981.

In all, Arwon raced 67 times for 16 wins, 13 seconds and five thirds and died at the grand old age of 33 in May 2007. Still lively in retirement, he took part in the annual Melbourne Cup Parade of Champions down Swanston Street in Melbourne, all the way up to the age of 31.

Arwon was well accustomed to street work as he spent a number of years as a NSW Police Horse until the age of 15.

In all he won $339,527 in prize money

   Career Record

  Age 2    
   
30-Dec-75
5th
9 ran
Bay Of Plenty
1200m
Holiday Hcp  
17-Jan-76
2nd
9 ran
Franklin
1200m
Karaka Stakes Lavender Hill
49
1:13.2
5-Jun-76
3rd
16 ran
Auckland
1200m
June Hcp Ghidiro
52
1:17.2
30-Jun-76
Won
18 ran
Cambridge
1200m
Batchelor Hcp Creole King
53
1:17.9
10-Jul-76
4th
17 ran
Avondale
1400m
Futurity Hcp  
Age 3    
   
21-Aug-76
2nd
8 ran
Waikato
1200m
Glenvale Hcp Pennyshima
52
1:18.7
4-Sep-76
4th
15 ran
Avondale
1200m
Glendene Hcp  
18-Sep-76
2nd
13 ran
Cambridge
1200m
Breeders Stakes Vice Regal
55.5
1:14.8
29-Jan-77
Won
13 ran
Canberra
1200m
Improvers Hcp Hotfoot
57.5
1:11.8
19-Feb-77
Won
12 ran
Canberra
1400m
Progressive Hcp Hotfoot
55
1:24.7
6-Mar-77
Won
8 ran
Canberra
1600m
Progressive Hcp Nimmity Lad
55.51
1:37.0
11-Apr-77
Won
14 ran
Canberra
1400m
Intemediate Hcp Musette
51
1:24.9
20-Apr-77
3rd
19 ran
Rosehill
1400m
Graduation Stakes Hafez
55.5
1:25.0
Age 4    
   
11-Aug-77
2nd
10 ran
Hawkesbury
1200m
Intermediate Hcp Silk Cloud
51
1:11.9
7-Sep-77
Won
15 ran
Rosehill
1500m
Clyburn Stakes Ebony Flash
55.5
1:35.4
22-Sep-77
2nd
14 ran
Randwick
1600m
Heritage Hcp Rock 'n Roll
48.5
1:36.7
5-Oct-77
Won
12 ran
Randwick
2000m
Randwick Stakes Dance Hussar
55.5
2:00.4
22-Oct-77
Won
11 ran
Rosehill
2000m
Colyton Hcp Dance Hussar
55
2:03.1
5-Nov-77
Won
6 ran
Warwick Farm
2200m
Milperra Welter Gold Disc
51
2:16.8
26-Nov-77
5th
9 ran
Rosehill
2000m
Baulkham Hills Hcp  
10-Dec-77
5th
9 ran
Rosehill
1900m
Deniston Hcp  
25-Apr-78
11th
20 ran
Flemington
1000m
Matapan Hcp  
6-May-78
4th
17 ran
Caulfield
1200m
Coral Sea Hcp  
27-May-78
2nd
17 ran
Caulfield
160m
Counsel Welter Kanawina
52.5
1:38.9
5-Jun-78
7th
12 ran
Flemington
1400m
Midyear Hcp  
8-Jul-78
2nd
15 ran
Flemington
1400m
Fujisan Welter  
Age 5    
   
2-Aug-78
Won
14 ran
Geelong
1700m
August Hcp Park Glenn
51.5
1:46.3
2-Sep-78
4th
14 ran
Caulfield
Malua Hcp  
13-Sep-78
Won
14 ran
Seymour
2200m
Seymour Cup Brett's Honour
55
2:21.0
23-Sep-78
2nd
16 ran
Sandown
2100m
Heatherlie Hcp Boldness
51.5
2:18.0
2-Oct-78
2nd
23 ran
Randwick
2600m
Metropolitan Hcp Ming Dynasty
59.5
2:45.2
14-Oct-78
Won
16 ran
Caulfield
2500m
Herbert Power Hcp Big Skipper
54
2:28.6
21-Oct-78
2nd
18 ran
Caulfield
2400m
Caulfield Cup Taksan
52
2:27.5
4-Nov-78
5th
12 ran
Flemington
2000m
LKS Mackinnon Family Of Man
58.5
2:04.4
7-Nov-78
Won
22 ran
Flemington
3200m
Melbourne Cup Dandeleith
50.5
3:24.3
16-Dec-78
2nd
13 ran
Ascot
2200m
December Hcp Meliador
53.5
2:15.8
26-Dec-78
2nd
14 ran
Ascot
2400m
Cox Stakes Meliador
57
2:30.5
1-Jan-79
2nd
20 ran
Ascot
3200m
Perth Cup Meliador
51
3:18.9
24-Feb-79
3rd
11 ran
Caulfield
1600m
Booran Hcp Rooney
53
1:41.0
12-Mar-79
11th
14 ran
Flemington
2000m
Australian Cup Dulcify
52.5
2:01.1
24-Mar-79
7th
8 ran
Moonee Valley
1600m
Alister Clark Stakes Family Of Man
57.5
1:38.6
7-Apr-79
6th
13 ran
Rosehill
2400m
Tancred Stakes Shivaree
57
2:27.7
16-Apr-79
3rd
8 ran
Randwick
2000m
Queen Elizabeth Shivaree
57
2:03.5
21-Apr-79
3rd
22 ran
Randwick
3200m
Sydney Cup Double Century
50
3:20.8
Age 6    
   
11-Aug-79
12th
14 ran
Caulfield
1200m
St. Aubin Hcp  
25-Aug-79
11th
17 ran
Caulfeld
1400m
Liston Stakes Waitangirua
58.5
1:26.4
8-Sep-79
13th
15 ran
Flemington
1400m
Craiglee Stakes Dulcify
57
1:37.6
15-Sep-79
11th
11 ran
Moonee Valley
1600m
Feehan Stakes Gondolier
57
1:37.8
27-Sep-79
5th
8 ran
Caulfield
2000m
Underwood Stakes Valley Of Georgia
54.5
2:07.4
Age 7    
   
23-Aug-80
11th
12 ran
Moonee Valley
1200m
Freeway Stakes Grey Sapphire
58
1:12.1
3-Sep-80
9th
14 ran
Caulfield
1400m
Herald Cup  
13-Sep-80
Won
17 ran
Flemington
1600m
Riverside Welter  
25-Sep-80
9th
13 ran
Caulfield
2000m
Underwood Stakes

Waitangirua

59
2:02.2
11-Oct-80
6th
9 ran
Caulfield
2000m
Caulfeld Stakes Hyperno
59
2:03.3
22-Oct-80
6th
13 ran
Geelong
2400m
Geelong Cup Summer Fleur
51
2:28.2
1-Nov-80
10th
13 ran
Flemington
2000m
LKS Mackinnon Belmura Lad
58.5
2:03.8
4-Nov-80
9th
22 ran
Flemington
3200m
Melbourne Cup Beldale Ball
49.5
3:19.8
15-Nov-80
Won
18 ran
Sandown
2400m
Sandown Cup My Blue Denim
55.5
2:27.4
Age 8    
   
26-Aug-81
13th
20 ran
Flemington
1100m
Aurie's Star Hcp  
5-Sep-81
12th
12 ran
Caulfield
1200m
Whittier Hcp  
19-Sep-81
10th
12 ran
Moonee Valley
1200m
Tolana Wines Hcp  
26-Sep-81
Won
13 ran
Moonee Valley
2050m
R V Moon Hcp  
10-Oct-81
4th
6 ran
Caulfield
2000m
Caulfield Stakes Kingston Town
59
2:02.9
21-Oct-81
4th
17 ran
Geelong
2400m
Geelong Cup Allez Bijou
54
2:33.1
31-Oct-81
7th
9 ran
Flemington
2000m
LKS Mackinnon Belmura Lad
59
2:02.2
3-Nov-81
5th
22 ran
Flemington
3200m
Melbourne Cup Just A Dash
53.5
3:21.2

 

 

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