by Saltash from Soldiers Love14 starts in Australia 11/1/-
- went to England in mid-1929 and raced unsuccessfully as Strephon II2yo 1 -/-/-/
Unpl 22/2/1928 Moonee Valley Mernda Hcp 5¼ furlongs, 7st 5lb (allowed 7lbs) (R. Howes), 1st Remarmy (7st 5lb) 1min 5¾sec, 1½ lengths3yo 13 11/1/- 1st
8/9/1928 Aspendale Park Three Year-old Hcp 7½ furlongs, 7st 7lb (allowed 4lbs) (R. Howes), 2nd Donalbain (6st 8lb), 1min 33¼sec, 6 lengths1st
6/10/1928 Flemington VRC Stand Hcp 10 furlongs, 7st 3lb (R. Howes), 2nd Alfred the Great (7st 9lb), 2min 7¾sec, ¾ length
Unpl 20/10/1928 Caulfield Guineas 1 mile, 8st 5lb (R. Howes), 1st Balmerino (8st 5lb) [3rd Merab; this was the race where Mollison was clearly 3rd] 1min 39¾, short half-head1st
17/10/1928 Caulfield Herbert Power Stakes 11 furlongs, 7st 2lb (R. Howes), 2nd Maple (8st 13lb), 2min 20sec, won easily 2½ lengths 1st
3/11/1928 Flemington VRC Derby mile and a half, 8st 10lb (J. Pike), 2nd Yodelist (8st 10lb), 3rd Balmerino (8st 10lb), 2min 33sec, 3½ lengths, 3 lengths
2nd 6/11/1928 Flemington Melbourne Cup 2 miles, 7st 6lb (R. Howes), 1st Statesman (8st), 3rd Demost (6st 12lb), 3min 23½sec, 4 lengths, 3 lengths1st
2/3/1929 Flemington VRC St Leger 14 furlongs, 8st 10lb (J. Pike), 2nd Prince Don (8st 10lb), 3rd Balmerino (8st 10lb), 2min 50½sec, 5 lengths, 4 lengths1st
7/3/1929 Flemington VRC Governors Plate mile and a half, 8st 2lb (R. Howes, 2nd Maple (9st), 2min 40½sec, 2 lengths1st
9/3/1929 Flemington VRC Kings Plate 2 miles, 8st (R. Howes), 2nd Black Duchess (8st 11lb), 3rd Maple (8st 1lb), 3min 25¼sec, 5 lengths, 12 lengths1st
23/3/1929 Warwick Farm Chipping Norton Stakes 10 furlongs, 8st 11lb (J. Pike), 2nd Limerick (9st 6lb), Winalot (9st 7lb), 2min 7sec, 1½ lengths, ½ length1st
30/3/1929 Randwick AJC St Leger 14 furlongs, 8st 10lb (J. Pike), 2nd Oatendale (8st 10lb), 3min 1¾sec, 5 lengths1st
3/4/1929 Randwick Cumberland Stakes 14 furlongs, 8st 4lb (J. Munro), 2nd Mondiaga (8st 11lb), 3min 24sec, cantered in by 10 lengths1st
6/4/1929 Randwick AJC Plate 2¼ miles, 8st 2lb (J. Pike), 2nd Black Duchess (8st 12lb), 3min 56sec, 15 lengths
How good was he in 1928-9? The Sporting Globe
said Grant Strephon the honour of being the grandest horse and finest stayer seen out during the 1928-9 season. The Australasian
s season review, said that as good as were Gothic and Mollison, they were overshadowed by Strephon, who was the champion 3yo of the season and outclassed the opposition in all the standard weight-for-age races in which he started. Musket in the Sydney Mail
compared him to Newhaven.
Looking at the horse of the year for 1928-9, weight-for-age form is interesting. Gothic got 7½ wins all in Melbourne and was clearly the horse of the spring. Strephon got 6 weight-for-age (3 in each state) plus his 3/3 classics and was dominant in the autumn. Limerick had a good early spring in Sydney and a total of 4½ victories at weight-for-age but none in Melbourne and he wasnt his usual dominant self. Highland got 3 in the Melbourne spring, Mollison 2½ in all and Amounis just the 1 (but also the Epsom) and didnt race in the autumn. From the perspective of 2017, Gothics spring achievements are superior to Strephons autumn; if the Melbourne Cup second had been reversed it would have been a different story.
Owner Sol Green, after a dispute over a stewards ruling decided to send Strephon to England refusing sale offers in five figures. Strephon sailed for England on the Limerick, a coincidence that amused the racing world. The cost for the 6-7-week journey was surprisingly only £230 but he was a failure in England, really an abject failure ending his racing days as a hurdler in 1934 and not winning a single race over there. Sol Green eventually sold him for £200.
One interesting what might have been is how Strephon would have matched up against Phar Lap in 1929-1930? The Sporting Globe polled racing experts to compare their 3yo seasons in April 1930 and most experts (but not all) went narrowly for Phar Lap. If Strephon had trained on, he would have followed Phar Lap home.