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Profile of a Champion

By Poitrel From Larlee
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Fulham's race career stretched from 2 years to 13 years of age taking on Phar Lap at one stage before later defeating a legend of jumping in Redditch.  He was bred to win big staying races being by the Champion racehorse and sire Poitrel from the Comedy King mare Larlee.  Poitrel won 14 stakes races including the 1920 Melbourne Cup and traced back to St Simon while Larlee produced the stakeswinner Vital and carried the blood of Carbine.

Fulham started his career in the ownership of CA Goodfellow at Epsom in November 1929 where he was unplaced over 5 furlongs (1000m).  He raced four more times during the season all unplaced.  His three year old season saw him gelded and now owned by D Marks.  First up he won at Geelong over 6 furlongs and was then second over 71/2 furlongs at Aspendale before starting at Caulfield over 9 furlongs on Caulfield Cup day.  Although unplaced he showed connections enough to take on Phar Lap in the WS Cox Plate a week later.  Starting at 50-1 ridden by W Duncan he was never in the hunt and finished well back and went for a spell and easier assignments in the autumn.  When he returned he had a short four start campaign with his best run when he finished second over 1 mile at Epsom in May 1931.

At his third run as a 4yo Fulham won a Trial Hcp at Moonee Valley by two lengths starting 3-1 favourite over 9 1/2 furlongs (1900m).  As even money favourite he won again at Werribee by a head and a short let up followed.  Another let up followed two unplaced runs in October then he finally found form again running third over 9 furlongs at Moonee Valley as equal favourite.  Fulham won the St Pats day Hcp at Geelong by a head on 6th January but was unplaced in two further runs.  Brought back in April he was unplaced before running second over 1 1/4 mile at Moonee Valley before being unplaced in two further runs.

By his 5yo season Fulham was in the ownership of his trainer H Parker and after being unplaced at Moonee Valley he was third over 1 1/4 m at Werribee. third at Moonee Valley and third in a Welter before a spell.  A five run summer campaign followed with his best effort a 3rd in a welter at Ascot.  When Fulham returned to the racetracks it was in the new role as a jumper.  First up he dead heated for second in a 2 mile Trial Hurdle at Moonee Valley.  He was second again two weeks later in a Hurdle at Epsom and again third in a Hurdle at Caulfield.  Fulham was unplaced in the Kororoit Hurdle at Williamstown before winning the Federal Hurdle over 2 miles at Moonee Valley where he was ridden by J Harris and won by three lengths.  Sent out at 11-2 for the Port Phillip Hurdle he fell and had a let up until early in the new season.

As a 6yo Fulham returned two months after his fall and was unplaced in three flat runs and then unplaced at Moonee Valley in a Hurdle then a Steeplechase before heading for a spell. 

Resuming in March 1934 Fulham had several flat runs at the provincial tracks before heading back over the jumps at Moonee Valley in the Brunswick Steeplechase over 2 miles.  Carrying 10.3 he raced to victory 1 ½ lengths ahead of legendary jumper Redditch.  Two weeks later he was unplaced in the Commonwealth Steeplechase at Moonee Valley and was then given a let up until July.  A 6th in a Steeplechasers Flat at Flemington led into a third in the Doutta Gala Hurdle at the same track before being unplaced in the Lindsay Gordon Steeplechase.

Now into his 7th year a week later he powered to victory over 1 mile 7 furlongs in a Steeplechasers Flat at Caulfield carrying 10.9 and was then second in the August Hurdle over 2 miles at Flemington behind Costa Rica.  His campaign wrapped up with unplaced efforts in a Jumpers Flat at Werribee and Boomerang Hurdle at Moonee Valley. 

Fulham resumed his career in late May 1935 where he was unplaced in two flat races before winning the Port Phillip Hurdle at Williamstown over 2 miles with 9.6 and then a week later was second in the Toolambool Hurdle over 2 miles at Caulfield.  Another week later he was unplaced in the Windarra Hurdle and was then given a run on the flat at the following Wednesday meeting before lining up in the Grand National Hurdle 3 days later.  The rising 8yo obviously suffered no harm from 5 runs in 3 weeks including 4 over jumps as he went on to victory over the 3 mile journey at Flemington defeating Dress Suit by ¾ of a length with Mystic Peak third.  Only another week later Fulham again lined up for a race and this time for the Grand National Steeplechase over 3 miles at Flemington.  He fell during the running as did Redditch and the latter’s fall and death resulted in permanent changes to the jumps at Flemington after the outcry in regard to the solid fences that didn’t have the same brush tops as other tracks had. 


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