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Gay Poss 26 starts 10½/1/3

2yo 5 2/-/2

3yo 13 7/1/1

4yo 8 1½/-/-

She won the AJC Oaks and dead-heated with Arctic Symbol in the Caulfield Stakes. The Craiglee Stakes was her other win in a race that is currently G1.

Her last start appears to have been in the Lancaster Handicap at Flemington on the June 1971 long weekend.

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Two others not yet mentioned are the NZ mares Chantal & Unpainted.

Chantal won the 1966 Epsom by 5 lengths from Galilee & then the WFA George Main Stakes a couple of days later.

Unpainted won the Doncaster Hcp & two days later the All Aged Stakes.

I am sure both won important races in NZ & became very good broodmares.
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Just to add a bit on Chantal, John H. She won the G1 George Adams Handicap (now the Thorndon Mile) at Wellington, so that gives her 3 G1s. 

She won her Epsom very impressively but George Moore was booed by the crowd when she was beaten three lengths and a short half-head third behind Winfreux and Light Fingers as odds-on favourite in the 1966 Caulfield Stakes. Chantal was retired after sustaining an injury during Storm Queen's George Adams Mile victory at her next start.

From an old Miller's Guide and Trove it looks as though she had 25 starts for 8 wins, 6 seconds and 2 thirds. An on-line pedigree gives 9 wins but counts her Rothsay Hcp victory as a 2yo twice. 

She certainly ranks with many of the others listed.
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She was a top mare alright, seen that Epsom win, it was devastating , after running second to her Galilee won toorak Caulfield cup then Melbourne cup, I'm with you there SR.
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Carioca, the report I read said Chantal went 8 lengths clear before George Moore eased her back near the post. No wonder the win stuck in your memory!
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Originally posted by Summer Regent Summer Regent wrote:

Carioca, the report I read said Chantal went 8 lengths clear before George Moore eased her back near the post. No wonder the win stuck in your memory!

One thing about Randwick in those days Summer Regent was the famous rise was so prominent just beyond the furlong pole and nobody rode that rise like George, he was freakish, no wonder the UK held no terrors for him, but I digress.
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Chantal won four on the trot in Sydney all over a mile, all by a space, but was scratched from the Caulfield Cup when connections objected to the 7lb penalty.  Instead she ran in the Caulfield Stakes on the Wednesday between Guineas and Cup day but it was a slowly run affair and Winfreux had them all covered.  

Winfreux was ridden by Jim Jonston and it was noted that Johnston had won all 6 WFA races run in Melbourne that Spring.  He rode Tobin Bronze to win the Cox Plate to make it seven, and again to win the Mackinnon to make it 8 !  Then he won the Linlithgow on Oaks day on Legal Boy to make it 9 from 9.  

His amazing run came to an end in the CB Fisher Plate when John Miller rode Galilee to beat Tobin Bronze by 2½ lengths. In the following race Chantal was fourth behind Storm Queen in the George Adams Hcp. 
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A list of fillies to contest the Cox Plate.  I thought it should go here for reference purposes :

1923 FRANCES TRESSADY 6TH
1942 PHILANDER 10TH
1964 REVEILLE 8TH
1970 SKY CALL 11TH
1975 DENISE'S JOY 8TH
1976 SURROUND WON
1978 PRUNELLA 10TH
1980 YIR TIZ 5TH
1982 ENGLISH WONDER 9TH
1983 PERFECT BLISS 8TH
1986 SOCIETY BAY 11TH
1987 MIDNIGHT FEVER 6TH
1988 GLENVIEW 10TH
1989 TRISTANAGH 7TH
1989 COURTZA 10TH
1992 SLIGHT CHANCE 3RD
2006 MISS FINLAND 6TH
2008 SAMANTHA MISS 3RD
2016 YANKEE ROSE 3RD

19 fillies have contested the race in 95 years - 1 winner 3 thirds
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A nice table there, Tonto. It reinforces how good Surround was. 

Here's a few other good mares and fillies in reverse chronological order:

Northwood Plume (1991) won 3 G1s all against her own sex and age group. She won 9 of 18 starts.

Maidenhead (1956) was a curiously named mare which won 9 of 30 starts. She was a great wet-tracker pretty useless on anything firm, but she won the Sydney Cup, the Chipping Norton and the BMW as well as the Chelmsford Stakes. Hardly a champion, but not a bad record.

Tarien (1948) more famous for her positive swab and subsequent DQ after winning the 1953 Doncaster. She also won the Ranvet, Warwick Stakes, George Main and Craven Plate amongst her 12 wins from 40 starts according to Go to Whoa. She also won a race in England. 

De La Salle (1944) was a NSW country performer which came out of nowhere to strike a rich vein of form in 1948 winning the George Main, the Epsom and the Caulfield Stakes. She won 16 from 35 starts and is covered in the book, Go to Whoa.

Amiable (1934) was another mare covered in Go to Whoa. She won 12 of her 86 starts in a far-too-long-extended career. Her biggest win was over High Caste and Ajax in the 1940 C.M. Lloyd Stakes where she set the Flemington mile record of 1min 34.75 seconds which lasted until metric conversion. She also won the William Reid Stakes.

Gay Blonde (1931) was another which was named in different times. She was a NZ champion which came across to Australia and won the George Ryder, the Mackinnon Stakes and the Craven Plate in 1936 amongst her 4 Australian wins. Her NZ record was 13 wins from 25 starts.

Sarcherie (1930) was placed 3 times in the Melbourne Cup from 4 starts. Her two G1s were the Ranvet and the Doncaster carrying 55.5.

Maple (1923) came out of WA where she won many good races including the Derby before her victory in the 1928 Caulfield Cup, one of 13.5 wins.

Anna Carlovna (1909) was a NZ mare which won the Caulfield Stakes and Melbourne Stakes as well as 2 Eclipse Stakes amongst her 5 Australian wins from 15 starts. Her opposition wasn’t great though.

Calumny (1869) was an exact contemporary of Lurline and was almost of the same class, winning the NZ Derby and 6 in a row in Australia, including the Newmarket in 1875, before Lurline hit form.


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