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Fulham
Profile of a Champion
By Poitrel From Larlee
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Now an 8yo Fulham obviously took little harm from the fall as a fortnight later he was back at Caulfield where he was second in the Australian Hurdle over 3 miles behind Sixteen Annas and then a week later he won the 3 mile Australian Steeplechase at Caulfield by 2 lengths from Character as the 9-2 equal favourite.  Another week later it was back to Flemington for the August Hurdle where he third carrying 11.0 behind Heroic Prince.  Three weeks later Fulham fell in the Sandringham Steeplechase at Caulfield and was finally sent for a well earned spell. 

He returned for a summer campaign with a second to Lady Foster beaten a neck in a Highweight at Mornington over 1 miles before three more unplaced runs including two in hurdles at Caulfield.

After a spell Fulham returned straight over jumps in the Toolambool Hurdle and the Port Phillip Hurdle but was unplaced in both before being pulled up in the Lindsay Gordon Steeplechase at Moonee Valley.

He returned to racing as a 9yo in October with an unplaced effort on the flat before a 4th in the Oby Hurdle over 2 miles at Caulfield before a 5th in the Cup Hurdle over 2 miles at Flemington then two days later on Oaks Day a 2nd in the November Hurdle over 2 miles.  Nine days later he returned to the winners list in the Cup Hurdle over 2 miles at Williamstown with a hard fought victory by a head from Martext carrying 10.5.  At the midweek meeting he was unplaced on the flat before lining up again on the Saturday where he won the Tara Steeplechase at Caulfield over 2 miles with 11.4 by a half head from Seymour Time.  He was then unplaced at Moonee Valley on the flat before a 3rd in a Welter at Mentone over 7 furlongs and a 4th in the Oberon Steeplechase over 2 miles 3 furlongs at Caulfield on boxing day. 

 

A spell followed and then a winter campaign where Fulham was 6th in the Khartoum Hurdle over 2 miles at Caulfield before a short break leading into the Port Phillip Hurdle at Williamstown where he was third at 25-1.  A week later he was 4th in the Toolambool Hurdle at Caulfield before another month break leading into the Aberfeldie Hurdle over 2 miles 1 furlong at Moonee Valley where he was second beaten a half head by Volant.

A week later and the now 10yo fell in the Australian Hurdle at Caulfield in August and was away from the racetrack until early December.  He returned with an unplaced effort in the Cheltenham Hurdle at Epsom before an 8th in the Shoobra Hurdle at Caulfield on 27 December.  Five days later he was 5th in the New year Hurdle at Flemington then third in the Hawthorn Hurdle over 2 miles at Caulfield.  A week later he was unplaced in the Tweeside Hurdle and spelled until August.

The 1938-39 racing season saw Fulham now 11 years of age. Fulham was unplaced first up in the Paisley Hurdle at Williamstown before running second in the Boomerang Hurdle over 2 miles 1 furlong at Moonee Valley and then 4th in the October Hurdle over 2 miles at Flemington.  Given another break he resumed on boxing day with a 2nd behind Reciprocal in the Oberon Steeplechase over 2 miles at Caulfield before a 4th in the January Steeplechase at Flemington over 2 miles on 2 January.  He had a break until late February where he was 9th in the Stanley Steeplechase then 6th in the Gordon Steeplechase both over 2 miles at Caulfield.  Another break until June followed where after an unplaced first up flat run he was 2nd in the Wanda Steeplechase over 2 miles 3 furlongs at Caulfield at 12-1.  A week later he was unplaced in the Windarra Hurdle at Moonee Valley before backing up another week later to run 11th in the Grand National Hurdle.  Four days later he was 6th in a Steeplechasers Flat before lining up in the Grand National Steeplechase the following Saturday where he was 9th at 50-1.  Another week later he was 8th in the Godfrey Watson Steeplechase at Caulfield before a short break.

Fulham started his 11th racing season with a 2nd behind Cape Lilock in the Knowsley Steeplechase over 2 miles at Caulfield followed by a 7th in the Sandringham Steeplechase 3 weeks later before being spelled.  He resumed with an unplaced run in the Cup Steeplechase at Flemington and was then 5th 5 days later in the JA Macleod Steeplechase on the final day of the Flemington carnival.  He was 6th in the Tara Steeplechase at Caulfield at the end of November followed by a 7th in the Oberon Steeplechase at Caulfield on boxing day before a fall in the January Steeplechase at Flemington on 1 January halted his summer campaign. 

Fulham returned for one final campaign with a 5th in July 1940 in a Steeplechasers Flat at Flemington over 1 miles.

Most racehorses would have been long retired at 13 years of age but Fulham was tough and was back yet again albeit for a very short campaign.  He was 6th  in another Steeplechasers Flat before a 6 week break into an unplaced effort in the Mount Cotterell Steeplechase at Moonee Valley over 2 miles and then another unplaced run on 28 September 1940 at Moonee Valley in the Lindsay Gordon Steeplechase.   

That was the end of his career.  Fulham has started racing in 1929 and had his final start in 1940.  He had 125 starts for 13 wins 15 seconds and 11 thirds.  Over jumps he had 64 starts for 8 wins 11 seconds and 5 thirds.  He failed to complete the course only 5 times (4 falls and 1 pulled up) in an era when the slightest mistake for a jumper could result in death due to the unforgiving nature of the jumps. 


 

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