Unique happenings on racetracks occur (seemingly) quite frequently, but the story of BELMONT PARK, a 3yo trained by Maurice McCarten, does take some beating.
At a Rosehill fixture on Saturday, July 31, BELMONT PARK contested the 10 furlong Auburn Stakes, race 5 at 3.15pm, Starting 2/1 favourite and ridden by stable rider Neville Sellwood, BELMONT PARK prevailed in a very tight photo.
The horse was a dual acceptor in the following race, a 9 furlong Welter Handicap (at 3.45pm) with owner Mr Bill Dawes already having directed trainer McCarten to saddle the horse up in both races.
Dawes had apparently planned a betting coup based on the original advertised race programme - the Auburn was listed as Race 3, the Welter as Race 7 - but when acceptances were finalised, they were races 5 and 6.
Citing “stubbornness” as the reasoning behind his decision to back BELMONT PARK up in the Welter, Dawes had “one of the biggest wins of my life”, with Belmont Park starting at 7/1 in the second of his wins.
Footnote: Club vets had thoroughly inspected the horse after race 5, passing him fit and well to start in race 6. McCarten reported that BELMONT PARK ate his feed with relish that night, then settled down to a good sleep. By Delville Wood (sire of Hydrogen & Evening Peal), his mother was the McCarten-trained Sweet Chime - winner of the Thousand Guineas-Wakeful-VRC Oaks treble in 1946 & the 1947 AJC Oaks (then the Adrian Knox).