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uncle remus
#1 Posted : Wednesday, February 06, 2008 10:07:18 PM
Lester Piggot



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Scotch Notch

Scottish Bret USA - Ada Glenfern Foaled 01 Sept 1977

Breeder: L McClure, VIC
Owner: James Y Wong - Shepparton, Victoria
Trainer Graeme Lang
Driver G Lang

starts 133
wins 65
placings 38
prizemoney $670,755

Scotch Notch was the Winner of 28 races at Moonee Valley

Best Mile Rate TT 1.55.6 Moonee Valley 1985

setting not only a new world record for trotting mares, but also a new Australasian record, that still stands (now shared with Lyell Creek).

Scotch Notch was named “Australian Trotter of the Year” in 1983 and she held the title until 1985.

The battles between Scotch Notch & Nz`s Sir Castleton quickly became the focus of the Trotting public during these years

In the 1985 Melbourne Interdominion trotting division, Scotch Notch became the first squaregaiter to win the Inter Dominion for a second time after triumphing in Auckland two years earlier.

Scotch Notch had to be content with second placing behind arch-rival Sir Castleton in Adelaide 12 months prior, but turned the tables on the Kiwi star in Melbourne with a barnstorming finish.

Sir Castleton, went to Adelaide as a 7-year-old and defeated the champion Australian mare on her own soil in the 1984 $30,000 Inter-Dominion Trotters Final, this being the highlight of his career. Driven by Paddy Timmins, Sir Castleton was locked up on the inner for much of the running, then produced a blistering turn of speed to flash past Scotch Notch in the closing stages to win by three metres.

Sir Castleton also evened the score between the two great trotters at two apiece. Scotch Notch had earlier in the season again trekked to NZ in November and after Sir Castleton had beaten the mare in the NZ Trotting Free-For-All, she came out on top in the Dominion Handicap in a cunning battle of tactics.

alhough in the 1983 Dominion Trotting Hcp Scotch Notch was only required to trot the 3200 metres in 4:17, she turned in a sensational last 800 metres, being clocked at 56.6 as she came from seven lengths off the pace. Her last 1600 metres took just 2:01. "The harder they went, the happier I was," was Graeme Lang's comment after the event. "No, no worries at any stage. She's done really well this week, thanks to Colin," Graeme said. Scotch Notch spent the week prior to the race quartered at Colin De Filippi's Ladbrooks stables, where she recovered from the leg problems and started to eat properly.

Taken to Moonee Valley for a rematch with Scotch Notch at the Inter-Dominions, the Tinwald trotter Sir Castleton won a further two heats (again beating Scotch Notch in one of them) but after having a slight strain in a leg before undertaking the trip, Sir Castleton suffered a fissure fracture of a cannon bone in the Grand Final when finishing second to Scotch Notch


The 1984/85 season performances of Scotch Notch, with sixteen wins and two placings plus one time trial and life time earnings of $334,856, brought the mare to the attention of the management of The Meadowlands track in New York. They were conducting the Statue of Liberty Trotting Series over two nights in June that year as an Invitation event and twelve of the best trotters from USA, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and Australia were invited.

The target field included Meadow Road (Sweden), Mon Tourbillon and Minou du Donjon (France), Garland Lobell (Canada), Manfred Hanover, Babe Cosmos and Sandy Bowl (USA), Ellizar H (Denmark), Rosalind’s Guy (Finland), Toyota Moulin (Norway), Star of Goldstar (Netherlands) and Scotch Notch (Australia).

Accepting the invitation, trainer/driver Graeme Lang and owner Jim Wong and families headed for New York apprehensive of their mare’s chances against the best trotters in the world but willing to give it a go. Scotch Notch was transported to US trainer/driver Mike Gagliardi’s farm and stables at Lakewood, some 75 kilometres from The Meadowlands track in New Jersey and close to the City of New York.

Coming down with a virus it was touch and go whether the mare would be fit to race. Drawing seven in the $135,000 first of the series on June 17 Scotch Notch was a long way back in tenth position but closed well for 6th position at the end to the Swedish entry Meadow Road who ran 2:57.6 for the 12 furlongs race.

Barrier one was drawn by Scotch Notch in the second race over one mile and raced in the midfield until making up ground in the run home to finish 4th in the $185,000 event. This was again won by Meadow Road who at this stage of his career was unbeatable trotting the mile in 1:54.4. Mon Tourbillon the French trotter ran consistently for a 2nd and 3rd in the series.

Staying over to race at The Meadowlands, Graeme Lang and Scotch Notch competed in six races for five seconds including four to Manfred Hanover, one of the US entries in the Statue of Liberty Trotting Series.

Graeme Lang and Jim Wong then returned to Australia, leaving Scotch Notch with US trainer/driver Mike Gagliardi who managed the racing of the mare for the rest of her career in USA. For the balance of 1985 Scotch Notch raced at The Meadowlands, Garden State Raceway, Roosevelt and Yonkers for five wins, her best time being 1:57.2. Her USA record for 1985 reads 16 starts-5 wins-7 placings for $USD116,050.

Scotch Notch’s best win this season was on February 14, 1986 when she beat the champion mare Grades Singing in an Invitation event. In 1986 and 1987 Scotch Notch had a total of 44 starts for 13 wins and 17 placings, winning $USD219,849.


AUS

1ST 1981 Victorian Trotters Oaks
3RD Victorian Trotters Derby

1ST 1983 E B Cochran Memorial Trotters cup
1ST 1983 Maoris Idol Trotters ffa
1ST 1983 R C Freestone Trotters Cup
2ND 1983 Kilmore (Pacers Cup)
2nd 1983 Australasian Trotters Championship Final

1ST 1984 Interdominion Trotters Championship Heat
1ST 1984 Interdominion Trotters Championship Heat
1ST 1984 R C Freestone Trotters Cup
1ST 1984 Maoris Idol Trotters ffa
1ST 1984 High Valley Hcp (Pacers)
2ND 1984 Interdominion Trotters Championship Final

1ST 1985 Chris E Howe Trotters Cup
1ST 1985 Interdominion Trotters Championship Heat
1ST 1985 Interdominion Trotters Championship Final
1ST 1985 Australasian Trotters Championship Heat
1ST 1985 Australasian Trotters Championship Final 60m
1ST 1985 E B Cochran Memorial Trotters cup
2ND 1985 Interdominion Trotters Championship Heat

1985 Interdom Final Race Replay

http://www.interdomhof.c...85_scotch_notch_wmv.wmv


7TH 1984 Kilmore Cup ( Pacers)
5TH 1984 Shepparton Cup (Pacers)
6TH 1985 Australasian Trotters Championship Heat

NZ

1ST 1983 Interdominion Trotters Championship Heat
1ST 1983 Interdominion Trotters Championship Final
1ST 1983 Dominion Trotting Handicap

1983 Interdom Final Race Replay

http://www.interdomhof.c...s/scotch-notch-1983.wmv


The Graeme Lang-trained and driven mare went on to race with success in North America winning 19 races and finishing third in the US Breeders Crown

US

2ND July 22 1985 Meadowlands Titan Cup Trot
2ND Feb. 10, 1986 Meadowlands Sumac Lad Trot
3RD Sept. 12,1986 Meadowlands Breeders Cup Mares Trot

Race Replay Breeders Cup Mares Trot


http://www.harnessracing...rown-Aged-Mare-Trot.wmv

the ashes of trotting queen Scotch Notch were laid to rest at Shepparton Harness Racing Club's Garden of Honour
saintly96
#2 Posted : Wednesday, February 06, 2008 11:56:54 PM
Phillip Tufnell



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Great stuff as always, UR. Thumbs up


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saintly96
#3 Posted : Thursday, February 07, 2008 12:00:32 AM
Phillip Tufnell



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Any chance of True Roman getting a mention with your Trotting Greats?

After the great mare, I thought it would be ages before we saw another champion trotter, but this one was a great as well, and followed not too long after Scoth Notch. Thumbs up


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Bunji
#4 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2008 12:17:52 AM
Lance Armstrong



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A freak horse with ut a doubt Easy
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