Robalan

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Robalan
Breed Standardbred
Sire Lumber Dream (NZ)
Grandsire Knight Dream (US)
Dam Elsinor (NZ)
Maternal grandsire U Scott (US)
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1967
Country New Zealand
Colour Bay
Breeder Bill Denton's Russley Lodge (NZ)
Owner A T Devery, P N Hope, D D Nyhan (NZ)
Trainer D D Nyhan (NZ)
Record
43 wins, 37 places
Earnings
NZ$176,773
Major wins
1971 Wellington Cup
1974 New Zealand Cup
1972 New Zealand Free For All
1973 New Zealand Free For All
1974 New Zealand Free For All
Awards
1973-1974 Harness Horse of the Year
Last updated on: 2009-04-17.

Robalan was a champion New Zealand pacer Standardbred horse, known as "Robby". He is notable in that he won the 1974 NZ Trotting Cup, the richest harness race in New Zealand, and for his epic contests with champion pacer Young Quinn who he more than often beat and is particularly well remembered for being a free legged pacer.[1]

At the age of eight, he hit a purple patch of form, winning six in a row. This effort propelled him into being named Horse of the Year in 1974. He also won the prestigious sprint, the New Zealand Free For All three years in a row, breaking the world record in 1974 with a time of 2:26.6 for the 2000m mobile.

He won the New Zealand Cup in 1974 over 3200 meters beating the hot favorite Young Quinn. He had the distinction of racing without hopples (free legged pacer) and was known for his phenomenal turn of speed.[2]

See also[edit]

Harness racing in New Zealand

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