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Piping Lane

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Piping Lane

Piping Lane
Sire Lanesborough
Grandsire Tamerlane
Dam Londonderry Air
Damsire Piping Time
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1966
Country Australia
Colour Bay
Owner R. W. Trinder
Trainer George Hanlon
Major wins
Hobart Cup (1972)
Melbourne Cup (1972)
C B Cox Stakes (1972)

Piping Lane (foaled 1966) was a brown Australian Thoroughbred racehorse gelding by Lanesborough out of the mare Londonderry Air by Piping Time. Piping Lane came to prominence by winning the 1972 Melbourne Cup over 3,200 metres at odds of 40/1.

Piping Lane was owned by Mr. R.E. Prevost of Epping Forest, South Australia was given the ride. John Letts had not ridden on the Flemington course before and had stated "We're only here to make up the numbers" regarding his chances of winning. Thus Piping Lane became only the third Tasmanian bred horse to win the Melbourne Cup after Malua and Sheet Anchor.[1] The very good racehorse Gunsynd ran third.

Piping Lane's other significant wins included the 1972 C B Cox Stakes and the 1972 Hobart Cup.


  1. ^ a b c Cavanough, Maurice, “The Melbourne Cup”, Jack Pollard P/L, North Sydney, 1976

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