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Thai Airways International Sprint

The Thai Airways International Sprint is a Group 2 Australian thoroughbred horse race held under open handicap conditions, for horses aged 3 years old and upwards, over a distance of 1100m. It is held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.


Race History

1983 onwards held over 1100m.

1983–1992 was a Listed Race
1993–1998 was a Group 3
1999 onwards Group 2.

1983 - 1984 the race was known as the ‘Racing Museum Sprint’
1985 the race was known as the ‘Brylcream Sprint’
1986 the race was known as the ‘National Sprint Championship’
1987 - 1988 the race was known as the ‘Caulfield Sprint’
1989 - 1991 the race was known as the ‘Caulfield Sprint’
1992 the race was known as the ‘Jupiter’s Casino Sprint’
1993 the race was known as the ‘Conrad Jupiter’s Sprint’
1994 the race reverted back to the ‘Caulfield Sprint’
1995 - 1999 the race was known as the ‘Schillaci Stakes’
2000- 2001 the race was known as the ‘Mercedes-Benz Sprint’
2002 the race was known as the ‘National Telecoms Group Sprint’
2003-2005 the race was called the ‘Dodo Internet Sprint’.
2006 onwards the race has been known as the 'Thai Airways International Sprint'.

The 2008 Thai Airways International Sprint was one of the best races from the 2008 spring carnival with the new "Peoples Horse" of Australia, Morgan Dollar, coming from near last on the turn producing a devastating turn of foot to completely demolish his rivals. The final margin was a clear 6 and a half lengths at the post with Kaphero and Hear De Angels struggling behind the eventual winner.

Lucky Secret burst out of the gate to shoot to the lead with Testbury Jack (last years winner) and Devil May Care running along to challenge for the early lead. The Adelaide raider Morgan Dollar looked gone at the 400m mark but made every post a winner from then on after pulling out of a pocket where he was trapped for the first 600m due to his inside gate in barrier 2.

The race was all but over at the 150m mark with the early leaders going backwards and Morgan Dollar going like a freight train on the fence. Winning connections have said Morgan Dollar would return to the paddock for a freshen up before coming back to Tackle the Group 1 $400,000 Oakleigh plate at Caulfield over 1100m.

The winners

  • 2009 - First Command [1]
  • 2008 - Sunburnt Land [2]
  • 2007 - Tesbury Jack
  • 2006 - Biscayne Bay
  • 2005 - Jet Spur
  • 2004 - Lilando
  • 2003 - Blur
  • 2002 - Rubitano
  • 2001 - Windigo
  • 2000 - Camena
  • 1999 - Notoire
  • 1998 - Toledo
  • 1997 - Toledo
  • 1996 - Ruffles
  • 1995 - Petite Amour
  • 1993 - Royal Discard
  • 1992 - Tanjian Prince
  • 1991 - Euclase
  • 1990 - Rise ‘N’ Shine
  • 1989 - Lonely Dreamer
  • 1988 - Rendoo
  • 1987 - Lord Scotia
  • 1986 - Bullion Broker
  • 1985 - Campaign King
  • 1984 - River Rough
  • 1983 - Bow Mistress

See also



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