Emancipation (horse)

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Sire Bletchingly
Grandsire Biscay
Dam Ammo Girl
Damsire Gunsynd
Sex Filly
Foaled 15 October 1979
Country Australia
Colour Grey
Breeder MC Hough, NSW
Owner Muskoka Farms (R.Lapointe)
Record 28: 19-1-0
Earnings $550,510
Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year (1984)
Emancipation Stakes
Last updated on October 23, 2009

Emancipation (foaled 1979) was a champion Australian Thoroughbred racehorse. By Bletchingly, Emancipation was a grey, like her dam, Ammo Girl, and her damsire, Gunsynd. She was bred by Mark Hough, in New South Wales, after her dam was purchased from trainer Tommy Smith for just $1,700 due to her unsound conformation and her breeding (her sire was standing at a fee of only $1,500 at the time).[citation needed] Her breeder was only interested in her as a broodmare, and approached her trainer, Neville Begg, to recommend someone who would lease her for racing purposes.

Racing career[edit]

Unraced at two, Emancipation raced only at three and four, and won 19 of her 28 starts.[1] These included six Group One wins - all in Sydney. At three, she won 10 of her 13 starts, and, in the autumn, defeated Manikato in the George Ryder Stakes before winning the Doncaster Handicap. At four, she won nine of her 15 starts, including a further five Group One wins. In the spring, her wins included the George Main Stakes, and, in autumn, the Chipping Norton Stakes, the Rosemount Classic, the George Ryder, and the All-Aged Stakes in successive starts. In her last two wins, she defeated the reigning Golden Slipper winner, Sir Dapper (then three). On the occasions that she didn't win, Emancipation was unplaced in eight of her nine starts, including two starts in Melbourne during the spring of 1983, where she tried at (and just beyond) 2,000 metres. In the second of these, she was unplaced behind Strawberry Road in the Cox Plate. At the end of the season, Emancipation was named Australia's champion racehorse in 1984.

At stud[edit]

At stud, she produced Royal Pardon (by Vice Regal), a grey colt who was a stakeswinner and AJC Derby placegetter, while daughters Virage (by Kenmare) and La Suffragette (by Palace Music) have produced the multiple Group One winners Virage De Fortune (by Anabaa) and Railings (by Zabeel).[2]

Race record[edit]

Group One wins[edit]

Year Race Track Distance
1983 STC George Ryder Stakes Rosehill 1400 R.Quinton
1983 AJC Doncaster Handicap Randwick 1600 R.Quinton
1983 AJC George Main Stakes Warwick Farm 1600 R.Quinton
1984 STC Rosemount Classic Rosehill 1600 R.Quinton
1984 STC George Ryder Stakes Rosehill 1400 R.Quinton
1984 AJC All-Aged Stakes Randwick 1600 R.Quinton

Group Two wins[edit]

Year Race Track Distance
1982 VRC Edward Manifold Stakes Flemington 1600 K.Moses
1983 STC Canterbury Stakes Canterbury 1200 R.Quinton
1983 AJC Chelmsford Stakes Warwick Farm 1600 R.Quinton
1983 STC Hill Stakes Rosehill 1750 R.Quinton
1984 AJC Apollo Stakes Randwick 1400 R.Quinton
1984 AJC Chipping Norton Stakes Warwick Farm 1600 R.Quinton

Group Three wins[edit]

Year Race Track Distance
1983 STC Premiere Stakes Rosehill 1200 R.Quinton

Listed wins[edit]

Year Race Track Distance
1982 STC Tea Rose Stakes Rosehill 1400 R.Quinton
1982 VRC Carbine Club Stakes Flemington 1600 R.Quinton
1983 AJC Light Fingers Stakes Randwick 1200 R.Quinton


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