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Gurner's Lane

Gurner's Lane
Sire Sir Tristram
Dam Taiona
Damsire Sovereign Edition
Gender Gelding
Foaled 7 October 1978
Country New Zealand
Color Chestnut
Trainer Geoff Murphy
Earnings $558,400
Summary
Gurner's Lane is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Taiona by Sir Tristram. He was born on 7 October 1978 in New Zealand.
Major wins
Group One
Caulfield Cup (1982)
Melbourne Cup (1982)
Group Two
VRC St Leger (1982)
AJC St Leger (1982)
Newcastle Gold Cup (1982)
Awards
Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year (1983)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 25, 2009


Gurner's Lane (foaled 1978) was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse in Australia who is best remembered for winning the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in 1982. He was just the seventh of 11 horses to complete this rare double.[1] Foaled in New Zealand, and trained by Geoff Murphy, Gurner's Lane was by Sir Tristram out of Taiona,[2] who also produced the Group One winners Sovereign Red and Trichelle (both full relations), and was named New Zealand Broodmare of the Year in 1981 and 1983.[3] Gurner's Lane was the first of three Melbourne Cup winners for Sir Tristram, preceding Empire Rose (1988) and Brew (2000), and was bred on the same cross as Empire Rose, as both were out of Sovereign Edition mares.[4] Prior to the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, Gurner's Lane had won the VRC and AJC St Legers, during the autumn of 1982, and had run third in the AJC Derby. Returning at four, he won the Newcastle Gold Cup and was fourth in The Metropolitan. Ridden in the Caulfield Cup by Brent Thomson, at 53.5 kilograms, Gurner's Lane defeated Gala Mascot and Veloso.[5] He was penalised two-and-a-half kilograms for this victory, which took his Melbourne Cup weight to 56 kilograms. For a four-year-old gelding, this was just one kilogram below weight-for-age, and, relative to the weight-for-age scale, was the same weight as the older Kingston Town, then a winner of 13 Group One races. Turning for home in the Melbourne Cup, Kingston Town sprinted clear for his jockey, Malcolm Johnston, and appeared likely to win until Mick Dittman brought Gurner's Lane through on the rails to bring 'sadness to a million lovers of racing'.[6] In the early part of 1983, Gurner's Lane broke down, but had done enough to be named Australia's champion racehorse. After a lengthy break, Gurner's Lane returned to the track but failed to recapture his best form and was retired.

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