Sunburnt Highway Makes Wenty Record His Own

SATURDAY night’s card of group racing just about had it all, including Sunburnt Highway breaking the most wins record at Wentworth Park.

Adam Dobbin

22 January 2022

SATURDAY night’s champagne card of group racing action at Wentworth Park just about had it all.

But it will be Sunburnt Highway’s record breaking 35th victory at the famed Glebe circuit that will take top billing with many.

Trained out of Kanahooka by John and Judy Richardson, Sunburnt Highway has become the flagbearer for Masters Racing, the son of Oaks Road a walking advertisement of what longevity in racing looks like.

Now 5 ½ years of age, the evergreen sprinter chalked up career victory 47 from his 142 start career on Saturday night, with his 35 triumphs at Wentworth Park surpassing the previous record of 34 held by Bessy Boo, a group 1 winner, but also another Masters racing success story himself.

After Saturday night’s record breaking win trainer John Richardson was lavish in his praise of his seemingly ageless sprinter.

“He’s changed our lives,” Richardson said.

“What a marvel he is. He’s there and he’s done it now … he can’t do anymore than what he’s done.

“He’s an amazing dog. You know he just goes in a paddock for his gallop each day and that’s all the work he does.

“Whether we have to wait a week or a month for a Masters race for him it doesn’t matter, he just turns up and gets the job done like tonight.

“When he started you hope to win a race or two, you never expect something like this to happen.

“He’s really changed our lives. Bought us a carport and different things.

“I don’t know how many more starts he’ll have but while he’s happy and healthy he will keeping going around … why not? He just loves going to the track and racing.”

In a thrilling finish to Saturday night’s Masters event, Sunburnt Highway scored by a neck on the line over Topper Phoenix which almost spoiled the party for Fran Harris.

The winning time was 30.01 with the margin a neck on the line.