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Vain racehorse Golden Slipper winner

racehorse Vain was a champion racehorse who dominated Australian sprint racing in the period 1968-70, and went on to become a top sire.
The chestnut colt by Wilkes out of the Orgoglio mare Elated won 12 of the 14 races he contested, and ran second in the other two.

As a two year old he was unbeaten in Melbourne in the spring of 1968 and autumn of 1969, winning races such as the VRC Sires Produce. Moving to Sydney he won the STC Golden Slipper Stakes by 4 lengths, and the AJC Champagne Stakes by 10 lengths, the later in the fastest time ever recorded for a two year old over 6 furlongs

As a three year old he won the VATC Caulfield Guineas by 3 lengths, then campaigned in the VRC Spring Carnival, winning over 8 days the Craven A Stakes by 12 lengths, the VRC Linlithgow Stakes by 6 lengths, and in his final race carried a record 10 lb over weight-for-age in winning the 1969 George Adams Handicap. Vain set the Australian prize money record as a two year old and three year old.

Vain was bred and raced by Melbourne brothers Walter, Fred and George Johnson, and was trained by Jim Moloney in the Melbourne suburb of Mentone. His normal jockey was Pat Hyland, who rode him to all his wins.

He was retired to stud at the end of his 3 year old season, in 1970, when he was injured in a track gallop. He was placed at Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley where he sired 370 winners, between them winning almost 1,800 races.

Vain sired two Golden Slipper winners and was an Australian Champion Sire. Vain died in 1991. Vain was Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year in 1969-70.

 

 

 

 

Wilkes Court Martial Fair Trial
Instantaneous
Sans Tares Sind
Tara
Elated Orgoglio Nasrullah
Orienne
Rarcamba Helios
Denis Pop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vain's Racing Career:

 
AT 2
 
 
   
12-Oct-68
WON
13 ran
6-1
P Hyland
53
Caulfield
4-1/2 F
Debutante Stakes Shako
0:52.6
Good
2-Nov-68
WON
6 ran
4-9f
P Hyland
55.5
Flemington
5 F
Maribyrnong Plate Big Scope
0:59.9
Fast
22-Feb-69
WON
9 ran
8-11f
P Hyland
55.5
Caulfield
6 F
Merson Cooper Kilcoman
1:12.0
Heavy
8-Mar-69
WON
10 ran
2-9f
P Hyland
55.5
Flemington
7 F
VRC Sires' Produce Ballylachlan
1:23.6
Fast
22-Mar-69
WON
13 ran
9-2
P Hyland
54
Rosehill
6 F
Golden Slipper Peter's Empire
1:12.1
Dead
5-Apr-69
2nd
6 ran
1-6f
P Hyland
55.5
Randwick
7 F
AJC Sires' Produce Beau Babylon
1:25.0
Good
12-Apr-69
WON
11 ran
8-15f
P Hyland
58.5
Randwick
6 F
Champagne Stakes Gaelic Spirit
1:09.2
Good
 
AT 3
 
 
   
30-Aug-69
WON
8 ran
1-3f
P Hyland
50.5
Moonee Valley
6 F
Freeway Stakes Bowl King
1:13.9
Slow
13-Sep-69
WON
10 ran
2-9f
P Hyland
59.5
Flemington
6 F
Ascot Vale Stakes Woodcourt Inn
1:12.6
Slow
27-Sep-69
2nd
11 ran
4-9f
R Higgins
55
Moonee Valley
8 F
Moonee Valley Stakes Daryl's Joy
1:40.5
Slow
11-Oct-69
WON
9 ran
9-10f
P Hyland
55.5
Caulfield
8 F
Caulfield Guineas Daryl's Joy
1:36.2
Fast
1-Nov-69
WON
9 ran
1-4f
P Hyland
54
Flemington
6 F
Craven A Stakes Dollar's Double
1:09.8
Good
6-Nov-69
WON
7 ran
1-8f
P Hyland
51
Flemington
7 F
Linlithgow Stakes Black Onyx
1:23.0
Good
8-Nov-69
WON
16 ran
1-3f
P Hyland
55.5
Flemington
8 F
George Adams Hcp Our Faith
1:35.7
Good



Honours
Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2003)
Leading sire in Australia (1983-84)
Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year (1969-70)