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Catch 22 situation ■ Racing Victoria's Racing General Manager, Greg Carpenter, is attempting to entice Australia's top Melbourne Cup owner, Lloyd Williams, to bring his great stayer, Order of St.George, to compete in this year's Melbourne Cup. Williams has openly stated that if the horse gets 58 kilos weight or more he won't run . The popular owner, who has already won five Melbourne Cups, spends a fortune trying to get the right horse and has been using the overseas stage to do that in recent years. Carpenter will release the weights next week on Tuesday (Sept. 12), and my tip is that if Greg wants Order of St George to run he may give 57.5 kilos, although the topweight must carry 58 kilos. Then is the problem who gets topweight. Order of St George is a top class stayer having won the Ascot Gold Cup and the Irish St Leger is great style and without a doubt is one of the best stayers in the world today. Williams won the Cup last year with his seven- year-old stayer, Almandin, who returned to racing at Moonee Valley recently at his first start after the Cup and ran very well. His new rider, Ben Melham, let him race three wide in the race at the Valley over 2040 metres to give him a good hit out and he was most impressive. Although he has been nominated for this year's Melbourne Cup, he only carried 52 kilos last year and is likely to rise sharply in the weights to around 56 kilos. My tip is that Lloyd likes a challenge an if he gets a tick under 58 kilos will see Order of St George in action come Cup Day this year. As for Almandin, 56 kilos is not a real burden, but he is now eight years of age, and it's pretty tough going especially with an additional four kilos if he gets 56 kilos. In all 140 nominations were received for the Melbourne Cup worth $6.25 million to be run on the first Tuesday in November. This time next year the new stand and surroundings should be up and running on one of the most magnificent tracks in the world. Of the internationals entered there are 18 from the UK, seven from Ireland, three from France, two from Germany, and one from Japan. A total of 33 northern hemisphere-trained horses from 20 different stables have been nominated for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. For the first time we have a nomination from Scotland, namely Nakeeta, prepared by Iain Jardine. Of the locals, Victoria's leading trainer, Darren Weir, has nominated 17 for the Melbourne Cup and 20 for the Caulfield Cup. Leading owner, Lloyd Williams’s trainer, Robert Hickmott, has entered 12 horses for both Cups. The Godolphin team, known as the ‘The Blue Army’, has nominated eight runners from the stables of Saeed Bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby. Two of Appleby's will return to our shores, Francis of Assisi and Qewy, who did very well here last year will be back to do their best. James Cummings, the grandson of 13 times Melbourne Cup winner, the late and great Bart Cummings, now heading up the Godolphin operation here in Australia, has nominated three horses including last year's third placegetter in the Melbourne Cup in Hartnell, as well as Tally, who won the Mornington Cup, and Etymology. Returning to Australia's shores is renowned German trainer, Andreas Wohler, who won the Melbourne Cup with Perfectionist in 2014, will bring the one time favourite for the big two-miler, Red Cardinal and Sixties Groove. The only entrant from Japan is Albert, a winner of the Group Two Stayers Stakes over 3600 metres. The Japanese won the Melbourne Cup in 2006 with Delta Blues, and also had the runnerup Pop Rock. Regarding the Caulfield Cup, 142 nominations were received for their big day on October

● Almandin beats Heartbreak City in last year's Melbourne Cup. Racing Photos. 21, of which 22 were internationals. Melbourne Cups. There were 11 from the United Kingdom, Top Australian trainer, Chris Waller, has seven from Ireland, three from France and one nominated 10 horses for, the Caulfield Cup and from Germany. 13 for the Melbourne Cup with Australasian Top four year-old mare, Yankee Rose, who and Queensland Oaks winner, Egg Tart, enwill do all her racing in Melbourne this spring tered for both features has been nominated for both the Caulfield and He also has nominated,Who Shot Thebarman, for a fourth tilt at the Melbourne Cup of which he has a placing. Caulfield Cup winning trainer, New Zealander, Murray Baker, who won the Caulfield Cup with Mongolian Khan a couple of years ago, will bring Australian Derby winner Jon Snow and ATC and New Zealand Oaks winner, Bonneval, who are among the entries for both races. Other New Zealand entries of note include New Zealand Derby winner, Gingernuts, who has been nominated for both Cups, Brisbane Cup winner Chocante for both and Charles Road for both. While the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock owned Tiberian, trained in France by Alain Coutetil, has been nominated for the Melbourne Cup off the back of his victory in the Group Two Grand Prix Stakes de Deauville over 2500 metres. World-class Irish trainer, Aidan O'Brien, nominated Order of St George; referred to early for the Melbourne Cup depending what weight he gets and Johannes Vermeer and US Army Ranger for both Cups. Fellow Irishman, Willie Mullins, has entered Royal Ascot winner, Thomas Hobson, Riven Light, Wicklow Brave and Max Dynamite, who ran second to Prince of Penzance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. In my opinion he should have won the Cup that year after a bad ride by Frankie Dettori, after he knocked a few over in the run and was fined $20,000 for his ride. Yet Max Dynamite got beaten only a halflength by Prince of Penzance. Young Victorian Jockey/trainer, Jackie Beriman, has nominated four year-old mare, Miss Cavatica, for the Caulfield Cup. - Ted Ryan

Ted Ryan

● Jameka blitzes them in the Caulfield Cup last year, Racing Photos

Arts Extra Bayside U3A ■ The 2017 Art and Craft Exhibition will be held at the Brighton Court House, 75 Carpenter St, Brighton. Exhibition opens Monday, September 2 to Sunday October 7, from 10am-4pm daily. - Peter Kemp

Melb. Polytechnic ■ Seeing Glass in a New Light. Using glass as a medium for art, design and architecture will be the focus of the much-anticipated upcoming Glass@Melbourne Polytechnic Exhibition to be held from Saturday September 9-23. The exhibition will be held at Melbourne Polytechnic in Prahran, will demonstrate a diverse collection of glassworks, from studio to architectural and everything in between. It will be hosted by Glass Inc. and supported by the City of Stonnington. Featuring many of Australia's most prominent and innovating glass designers and artists, the exhibition will be staged in Victoria for more than 20 years and will showcase contemporary glass at its best. There will be something to interest everyone at this event. Along with the ongoing exhibition will be interactive displays where people can build shapes/structures with glass, workshops for those wanting a more in-depth learning experience and talks by renowned glass artists as well as a Makers’Market for those interested in buying exquisite one-off glass jewellery and art pieces. - Peter Kemp

Heide Museum

■ New Acquisitions - The Heide Collection. This exhibition in Heide II celebrates new exhibitions to the museum's collection over the past three years. Among the diversity of works are a large suspended ceiling installation by Koji Ryui, sculptures and prints by Alex Denko, paintings by Davida Allen, and garments with textile designs based on Mira Mora paintings, created by the fashion house Gorman in collaboration with the artist. The display also includes a range of modernistic paintings and sculptures, from abstractions by Sydney artist Jan Riske, to figurative and expressionist works by artists closely associated with Heide's founders, John and Summer Read, including Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester and Danila Vassilieff Exhibition dates: October 14 - March 18. ■ Making History: Nolan at the Newsagent. In July 1942 the young Sydney Nolan held a ground-breaking exhibition in the window of Sheffield's Newsagency in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg. It was the idea of Nolan's benefactors, John and Sunday Reed, to take art to the people rather than to an exclusive audience in an art gallery. The works were mostly experimental landscapes images and the prices low, but nothing sold and many of the paintings subsequently languished in obscurity. Nolan at the Newsagent re-creates this remarkable but little-known venture bringing together the surviving compositions, which have been identified through photographs of the display taken at the time. The exhibition is the fourth in the Making History series, which focuses on artists central to Heide's rich legacy and highlights artworks and material from the museum's collection and archive. Exhibition opens November 18 and runs to May 20. Venue: Heide 1. ■ Sculpture Tour: Mark of the Hand. Learn about the different processes and techniques used by artists in the making of selected sculptures in the park with volunteer guide Nasrin Rasoulzadeh. Dates: Thursday September 21.11am Thursday October 19. 2pm. Thursday October 28. 2pm Thursday November 23 . 11am ■ Garden Talk Edible Flowers. Many of the flowers in Heide's kitchen gardens are both attractive and edible. Join Heide gardener Kate Grace to learn more about the garnishes that might turn up on your plate at Café Heide. Thursday September 28. 11am. - Peter Kemp

Melbourne Observer. September 6, 2017  
Melbourne Observer. September 6, 2017  

Melbourne Observer. September 6, 2017