Baghdad Note

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Baghdad Note (NZ)
Sire Kurdistan (GB)
Grandsire Tehran (GB)
Dam Fair Note (NZ)
Damsire Fairs Fair (GB)
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1965
Country New Zealand
Colour Grey
Owner E C S Falconer
Trainer R Heasley
Major wins
1970 Melbourne Cup
Last updated on 27 December 2011

Baghdad Note was a New Zealand Thoroughbred racehorse, who won the 1970 Melbourne Cup and was ridden by Midge Didham.[1]


He was sired by Kurdistan (GB), his dam Fair Note (NZ) was by Fairs Fair (GB).

Racing career[edit]

Given most of his previous wins in New Zealand had been on wet tracks Baghdad Note was dismissed before the Cup as a ‘mud-lark’. Despite his solid dead-heat third in the Caulfield Cup and a fifth placing in the Mackinnon Stakes he was sent out by punters a 25/1 chance in the Cup. He duly won the race by ¾ of a length becoming just the third grey to win the race after Toryboy in 1865 and Hiraji in 1947. After a lengthy break from racing due to injury, Baghdad Note was leased by young trainer Terry Millard at Kilmore, who gradually returned the horse to race fitness. A stirring win at Sandown in 1973 was Baghdad Note's first metropolitan success since the Melbourne Cup. He also won the Sandown Cup soon afterwards. The horse featured in the 1973 Adelaide cup, running second to Tavel, and then went to Queensland where he won the O'Shea stakes. He then started in the Brisbane Cup, when, despite breaking down again nearing the home turn, he still finished in third place.[2]


Retired from racing for good, Baghdad Note became a clerk of the course horse at Flemington, then later a police horse.


  1. ^ Tony Love (25 October 2011). "Greatest moments in Otago sport - Number 17". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  2. ^ D.W.Green - former apprentice jockey and strapper of Baghdad Note 1973