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It is Australian to the core (even if overseas horses keep winning it!) and that is why we are dedicating a 28 page section of this month’s issue to the 151st Melbourne Cup. Inside you will find – apart from Lissa’s Cup Appeal feature – a profile on December Draw, current favourite for the Cup; an ‘infographic’; a tribute to The Barb; a book review on one of the Cup’s all-time greats and a pictorial peek at the Cup in the noughties via the lens of Bruno Cannatelli. But a final word on Robert Bagot (who died in 1881) … he organised the first stand at Flemington, successfully lobbied government for a public holiday and attracted women to the races on the basis that where they go, blokes will follow. If he could only see it today. Genius!

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McKenzies offer one stop shop They say you can’t be everything for everyone but as Sky Channel’s OLIVER BELL recently found out, the folk at Cromartry Park in Western Australia are giving it one helluva shot.

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any budding photographer excited, Cromartry Park is doing things the right way. The list of services backs up the stud’s mantra of offering the best possible options to clients. Walk ons and van serves, agistment, yearling preparation, as well as foaling down, are part of the package, backed up by excellent veterinary expertise from Fiona Lacey of Olive Grove Equine Clinic. Foaling constant

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Roman secured seven wins and seven placings in a highly successful career. Famous Roman’s wins came over a variety of trips ranging from 1300m to 1800m. He holds the state record over 1500m in winning the RJ Peters Stakes-G3 (defeating subsequent Group One winner, Gilded Venom) and, as a 3YO, won the Listed Aquanita Stakes over 1800m, defeating Grey Monarch in very taking fashion.

Famous Roman came out on top. His next race was the $1m Railway Stakes where he was taken wide and came home with the fastest sectional of the field to run second to the classy Patinack representative Gathering. Also on the roster is the multiple Group One placegetter, Natural Blitz, who banked over $1.25 million in prizemoney throughout his career. A group winner in

It was then onto Victoria for a 2009 winter and spring campaign under the care of Brian Mayfield-Smith. His showreel run came in the Group One Rupert Clarke when he finished fourth over 1400m. Back in WA, Famous Roman had an outstanding final year of racing as a 6YO. On his first run back he produced a good second to stable companion Shock Value in the Listed Birthday Stakes over 1200m, then it was onto the Listed Northerly when he took on some of the very best gallopers in the west.

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three states in Australia, who regularly competed at the top, he was an incredibly tough and consistent performer. Natural Blitz’s sireline has a distinctly international feel to it. His sire, Dehere, was Champion 2YO in USA and was a dual Group One Winner of six races. In Australia,


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Dehere’s name can be seen in bloodlines of many high class horses, headed by Champion 2YO in Australasia and Golden Slipper winner, Belle Du Jour. If a rich pedigree in a stallion is your cup of tea, then look no further then Lords A Leaping, the third rung on Cromartry’s enviable roster. His black type

ONE STROLL AROUND THE GROUNDS AT CROMARTRY PARK AND IT BECOMES APPARENT THAT THE FACILITIES MATCH THE MISSION STATEMENT pedigree is extensive and traces in direct female descent to a daughter of St Simon (GB) who is heralded internationally as being the most important influence on the modern day race horse. Lords A Leaping,

a son of Zabeel, was able to make the transition from a good 2YO into a classic Group level 3YO. It must be said that progeny of Zabeel are not necessarily renowned for this characteristic. Lords A Leaping is an exception to the common rule. All three stallions offer an affordable chance to breed through strong bloodlines and successful track performances. Stallions aside, one stroll around the grounds at Cromartry Park and it becomes apparent that the facilities match the mission statement. Horse Rail safety fencing, sheltered foaling yards, foaling alarms, 12 boxes with day yards, plus vet facilities that include a crush. The McKenzies and their team are sticklers for accuracy and quality … and crucially, do it all with a smile. Based just a short drive from Perth, with beautiful sunshine nearly year round and with picture perfect settings, you could nominate the farm for a travel brochure! But, we must remember this is business. With top level facilities, a stallion roster that is sure to produce results and a team committed to maximizing client enjoyment, knowledge and results, a visit to Cromartry Park should definitely be in your diary. www.tracktotrack.com

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BOOK REVIEW

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A new biography by author JESSICA OWERS brings to life the story of a (long) overlooked champion of the Australian turf.

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OR THE MOST part, we’ve read every conceivable racing tale. We’ve read the underdog story, and the cheap-champion story. We’ve read the one where the bad horse comes good. But what about the one where two champions appear in the same era, right after each other, and legend has space only for one of them? Step forward Peter Pan: The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap’s Successor. Debut author Jessica Owers has emerged with a richly detailed and engaging new biography on Peter Pan, the dazzling blond chestnut of the 1930s who stepped onto Australian racetracks in May 1932, just six weeks after the death of Phar Lap. Before his retirement in 1936, Peter Pan won two Melbourne Cups, broke the Australasian mile

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record, and became a racing idol in the post-Phar Lap days. At just under 500 closely packed pages, this book is a serious anthology on the life of a truly amazing horse. The story follows Peter Pan’s racing career chronologically, from his barnstorming three-year-old season to his unheralded second Cup win and scintillating 1935 run when, as Owers tells us, Peter Pan became “something of a miracle in the history of horse racing”. The book features the wealthy owner Rodney Dangar, the Doncaster Avenue trainer Frank McGrath, and a procession of Hall of Fame jockeys, from Jim Pike to the ‘Demon Darb’ Munro. Sprinkled throughout, in fascinating, scene-setting appearances, are the other characters that touched Peter Pan’s life – Lanny Leighninger from the Agua Caliente Jockey Club, for example, who tried to lure Peter Pan to Mexico, and the fast-talking American boxing manager Al Lippe who wanted to buy him. In fact, this book overflows with long-forgotten details, >>

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CUP APPEAL Does Australia’s greatest race rate in downtown Fontstown? Everyone knows that the Melbourne Cup is the world’s greatest race. It’s decidely un-Australian to think otherwise! But what do people up top reckon about the race down under? Irish-based author and racing tragic, LISSA OLIVER, performs some research.

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H E MELBOURNE CUP HAS never been more international: this year the carnival’s supporting races have even attracted a horse from Chile (via England and trained by an Italian!) With plenty of local interest surrounding the challengers from Ireland, France and England, coupled with a purple patch of Australasian Champions in Europe, how has this helped to generate interest internationally in the Cup, if at all? As this particular Irish writer lives in Fonstown, the home parish of Australian Racing’s Hall Of Famer Robert Bagot (pictured right), I ventured out among the 50 or so inhabitants of this tiny community to ask the question (Fontstown is deep within the heart of ‘the thoroughbred >> county’ of Kildare).

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Is this the 2011 Melbourne Cup winner You gotta like Mark Kavanagh … well, you don’t gotta, but you certainly have to admire him. The former South Aussie has a strike rate far superior to most trainers and his ability to ‘find’ a good horse is renown. And who can help but smile or sympathise when he pulls those faces of sheer delight or gut wrenching anguish. Who could forget that look of despair when Maldivian, the prohibitive favourite, was scratched in sensational circumstances following a barrier accident in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup? Was that really four years ago? Nor can we forget the gob smacked expression – for an audience of many, many millions – when Shocking won the 2009 Melbourne Cup. Jeez, I thought his eyes were going to pop out! Well, strap into your seats because there are plenty who believe that Kavanagh can do it all again in November with a horse named December Draw. >> 16

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R O U N D Melbourne Cup time there is something about an international suffix that garners attention from the rank and file. Whack on a (IRE) or (GB) or (USA) or for that matter (JPN), at the end of a Cup hopeful’s name, as opposed to your common shop (AUS), and it can be akin to having Melbourne Grammar or Mumbai Public on your resume … one is going to gain you, regardless of actual ability, a measure of respect.

And punters are right to flock to the internationals even if they’ve never seen them race: indeed, the overseas breds have won Australia’s greatest race six times in the last nine years. Consider this too if you fancy a bit of each way – 2010 (Americain [$14.00] won), 2009 (Crime Scene [$41.00] 2nd and Mourilyan [$21.00] 3rd), 2008 (Bauer [$21.00] 2nd), 2007 (Purple Moon [$5.50] 2nd and Maher [$10.00] 3rd) and 2006 (Delta Blues [16/1] won, Pop Rock [5/1] 2nd). In two of the three years prior to ’06, all won by that mercurial mare – the British born Makybe Diva – Vinnie Roe (IRE) ran her to a length and a quarter in 2004 and Jardine’s Lookout (IRE) grabbed third in 2003. You could be forgiven for thinking that the bases are loaded in their favour with nine of the 23 runners last year hailing from overseas, but there only five in 2009 (for two placings), seven in 2008 (a lip second), five in 2007 (for two placings) and eight in 2006 (for first and second). Yet, even despite that kind of disclosed ‘form’, December Draw (IRE) flew in under the radar when he stepped out for the first time in Australia.

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We’ve postulated, at length, about December Draw’s merits based on origin, but there is a touch of the dinky di about his pedigree nevertheless. December Draw is one of four stakes winners world wide by Group winning Machiavellian stallion, Medecis, whose sole season down under (in 2005) produced 29 live foals and a Brisbane stakes winner in One Lickety Split, plus the six figure earners Lochiel and Machination. Meanwhile, Mr Prospector stallion Machiavellian, goes from strength to strength as a sire of sires with his sons including the phenomenally successful Street Cry, winner of the Dubai World Cup and sire of wonder mare Zenyatta, Group One winners Street Sense and Whobegotyou and – significantly – Melbourne Cup winner Shocking. But the Aussie connection? Slim to be truthful, but December Draw is out of the mare New York, in turn a daughter of Danehill stallion, Danzero, the 1994 Golden Slipper winner who has gone on to sire over 500 winners: seven of them Group One winners … Niconero,

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Due to a reverse shuttle arrangement – albeit not an overly patronised one – Danzero’s daughters have produced 17 winners from 33 runners in the northern hemisphere (including a Group winner), whereas in Australia his girls have supplied 210 winners of 544 races for $13 million in stakes … expect December Draw to boost that tally before the end of spring! December Draw’s dam, New York, has now produced two winners from as many to race and while her best on the track was a placing over 1450m in Britain, she is a half sister to Superstar Leo, a dual Group winner in England, multiple Group One placed and the dam of 3-time stakes winner Enticing. The family also throws up Group winners Footstepsinthesand, Power, Dancing Rocks and Alexander Pope which, just to tease us, were all sprinter/milers.

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(Coincidentally, it was the same day that My Kingdom of Fife won the Hollindale). Coming from midfield turning for home, December Draw loomed, pounced and won by a lip in a result that Kavanagh declared to be “unbelievable”. Speaking to the media post race, Kavanagh said December Draw had worked better than his form suggested, but was concerned that the horse hadn’t raced since the previous July. “I was pretty confident a couple of weeks ago that he would run a big race but then I pulled the form out and Hunt Club form (he ran ninth), with all due respect, is not good form.” Referring to his new owner, Kavanagh elaborated: “He (Richard Pegum) wasn’t backward in telling me he knew what sort of horse to pick for Australia and I’m quite happy to agree with 20

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I’M QUITE HAPPY TO AGREE WITH HIM. HE’S A PRETTY LUCKY GUY. November when December Draw – all things being equal – lines up for the $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup. At this stage, December Draw is ruling favourite and little wonder why. A fortnight after his victory at Flemington, he did it again – this time over 2000m. Only this time the odds were nowhere near as generous, but they didn’t need to be with the bay gelding scoring by a widening five panels after becoming unbalanced on turning for home.


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APPEAL Does Australia’s greatest race rate in downtown Fontstown? Everyone knows that the Melbourne Cup is the world’s greatest race. It’s decidely un-Australian to think otherwise! But what do people up top reckon about the race down under? Irish-based author and racing tragic, LISSA OLIVER, performs some research.

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H E MELBOURNE CUP HAS never been more international: this year the carnival’s supporting races have even attracted a horse from Chile (via England and trained by an Italian!) With plenty of local interest surrounding the challengers from Ireland, France and England, coupled with a purple patch of Australasian Champions in Europe, how has this helped to generate interest internationally in the Cup, if at all? As this particular Irish writer lives in Fonstown, the home parish of Australian Racing’s Hall Of Famer Robert Bagot (pictured right), I ventured out among the 50 or so inhabitants of this tiny community to ask the question (Fontstown is deep within the heart of ‘the thoroughbred >> county’ of Kildare).

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GROUP ONE SPECIAL FEATURE RACING First stop was the birthplace O’Ryan, and he will certainly of Robert Bagot, the historic be taking a keen interest as Church of Saint John, with events unfold on the first its views from the bell Tuesday of November. One tower of the Curragh itself, of his ‘boys’ might well be where Robert’s father, the riding in the race, but he is Reverend John Bagot, served as rector. Conveniently situated within a stone’s throw of the racecourses at the Curragh, Naas and Punchestown, not to mention Leopardstown and the now defunct Phoenix Park at the other end of the main Dublin Road, it must have been a handy spot to grow up for the budding racing enthusiast. If the Irish weather dampened his interests, a oneway trip to Australia in 1840 soon saw him back on track, VINNIE ROE becoming the first Victoria Racing Club secretary in 1864 and more closely associated with the man responsible for past runners, most notably lobbying government to Vinnie Roe, of whom he said secure Melbourne Cup day it was a pleasure to wake up every morning and go and as a public holiday. ride (as well as managing jockeys, Kevin still rides out daily for Cup legend Dermot Weld).

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The betting offices of Fontstown’s nearest town of Athy (Fontstown has no pubs or shops), prove to be the only way of measuring general interest, but sadly it is fairly lacking. While all the punters frequenting the many offices are aware of the race and the European raiders, their interest in Aussie horses is nonexistent. The only Australian horses they know are those who have made the journey to England and Ireland. Few recognised the name of


AUSTBROKERS TRAINERS REPORT Makybe Diva, but all named Phar Lap as one of racing’s all-time greats. Phew!

SPECIAL GROUP ONEFEATURE RACING sent out the winners of three of England’s five Classics, The Derby, The Oaks and the St Leger, in addition to the French Two Thousand

But what of racecourse professionals? The annual visit of the VRC to the Curragh racecourse, complete with the Melbourne Cup, has done a great deal to spark interest among racing’s ‘professionals’: many of them able to discuss the merits of all the runners, irrespective of nationality. The fact that Australian racing is broadcast on the satellite channels, has certainly done its bit to increase awareness. LUCA CUMANI And, it seems that no one I spoke to at the Curragh races will be in bed at 5am on Tuesday 1 November! One well-known Irish personality, Nick O’Toole, even told me of his ownership of all the race programs from Phar Lap’s career. Such dedicated collecting could hardly be matched back in ‘Bobby’s’ native New Zealand!

THE MELBOURNE CUP REMAINS AS IMPORTANT A FEATURE IN THE INTERNATIONAL RACING CALENDAR HERE IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND AS IT IS AT HOME IN AUSTRALIA. But if interest among diehard race fans is high, then it borders on obsession among professionals. Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor is in no doubt of how important the Melbourne Cup is. In his first season as a trainer in England, 17 years ago, he 29

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Guineas, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, York International, Eclipse Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks, Golden Jubilee Stakes and Nunthorpe Stakes, as well as the San Juan Capistrano Invitational in the USA and the Yasuda Kinen in Japan. The following year he won the first of his four British Champion Trainer titles. Could he have any ambitions left? “Some races are definitely on our agenda,” Saeed Bin Suroor points out. “The Melbourne Cup, definitely, but it is never going to be easy. You need the class horse. He must have stamina, speed, quality … he must be able to handle the ground. If we’re not successful, we try again.” It would be hard to describe Godolphin as ‘unsuccessful’ and they have certainly been willing to try. Saeed trained the runner-up in >> www.tracktotrack.com

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SPECIAL FEATURE the Melbourne Cup in 1999 (Central Park), 2001 (Give The Slip) and 2009 (Crime Scene), while Beekeeper finished third in 2002. He has also won the Caulfield Cup with All The Good.

While Luca Cumani (whose horse Bauer finished a lip second to Viewed in 2009) recently informed me of the difficulties caused by quarantine regulations, Saeed seems as unfazed as his horses when it comes to making the long trip south: “Our horses travel all the time … they are used to it, it’s not a problem. “We have a very good routine, so it’s never any different for them. They have the same groom, we send the same work rider with them. It’s not that difficult, it’s just routine, well organised. We are looking at the best owner in the world. We compete all over the world and Sheikh Mohammed is a major help internationally.”

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For Dermot Weld, winning a third Melbourne Cup (Vintage Crop 1993 & Media Puzzle 2002) remains a top priority, while Luca Cumani said: “It’s a huge race and I love the whole atmosphere.” Even though Weld and Cumani are both veterans of the race, like Saeed, they find it gets harder to compete each year: rather than easier. Travelling poses problems and quarantine restricts the usual training routines. Dermot Weld has also fallen foul of the race restrictions themselves, but neither has been deterred from their quest.

THE MELBOURNE CUP IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. VERY IMPORTANT TO GODOLPHIN AND VERY IMPORTANT TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. IT’S THE BEST RACE IN THE WORLD.

“The Melbourne Cup is very important to us. Very important to Godolphin and very important to the United Arab Emirates. It’s the best race in the world,” he stresses. “For the Melbourne Cup it is important that the horse can stay. They need to be able to get home over two miles. But still they need to have speed and class. We didn’t have luck in the past. The horses we sent got injured before they ran, which made it very difficult, or they didn’t even run because of problems before the race. It’s a tough game, it’s always hard, but you always have to be looking forward.”

Indeed, the Melbourne Cup remains as important a feature in the international racing calendar here in Britain and Ireland as it is at home in Australia.


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THE BARB Bushranger ‘reject’ was “Shakespeare among horses” KEVIN GATES is one of our foremost authorities on the history of Australian racing. We’re fairly certain he never saw The Bard ‘live’, but his tale of the horse they called the Black Demon will make you think you were there.

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HE RECENT A u s t r a l i a n C h a m p i o n Racehorse of the Year Award brings to mind horses who have dominated the turf in previous eras. None was more honoured in his time than our very first champion, The Barb. The undisputed champion of the Australian turf before Carbine came on the scene late in the 19th century, The Barb was a superbly proportioned, jet-black stallion. To the racing public he was known as “The Black Demon”, while the founder of the famous St. Albans Stud, James Wilson, called him “the Shakespeare among racehorses” (ed. clearly stud marketing is an art form which predates the 20th century!). Foaled in 1863, The Barb was bred by George Lee of Bathurst, and was by the great colonial sire of the period, Sir Hercules. His


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career almost came to an end before it had started, as when still a foal at foot, he was stolen with some other horses by bushrangers. George Lee and friends followed the trail of the bushrangers, and finally caught up with them in the Monaro region of southern New South Wales. There they apprehended the culprits and recovered their horses, with the exception of one black colt which they gave up for lost. Some days

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later when reports of the incident appeared in the press, a farmer wrote to Lee informing him that he had seen the horses go past his place, and that a black foal which was lame had been left on his property. The foal was then returned to Bathurst, apparently none the worse for wear, although some observers believed that the ill-tempered behaviour that The Barb exhibited from an early age was due to mistreatment suffered at the hands of the

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bushrangers. Whatever the reason, The Barb soon came to be known as “The Black Demon” because of his fiery, volatile temperament. The Barb came to the notice of John Tait, hotel keeper and prominent racehorse owner who was born in Edinburgh in 1813. He emigrated to Tasmania with his young family in 1837 and set up in business as a jeweller, but the outdoor life was more to his liking and he moved to the mainland where he took up the licence of the Albion Inn at Hartley, near Bathurst, in 1843. His considerable prowess as a boxer helped him to keep good order on his premises – the Melbourne Herald once commented that he served excellent rum with beer chasers … and even better left hooks. Tait had a great enthusiasm for racing and an uncanny eye for spotting a promising horse. His horses frequently won match races, often for large purses, and by 1846 Tait’s winnings enabled him to invest in a larger hotel in Bathurst and to expand his racing interests to Sydney. There he won the 1850 and 1851 AJC St Leger, the 1851 Australian Plate, Queen’s Plate and other major races with his champion horses Surplus, Cossack and Sportsman. These wins made Tait a wealthy man. He sold up in Bathurst, purchased imposing licenced premises in Sydney’s Castlereagh >>

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Street, went to England to buy breeding stock for his stud farm at Mt Druitt, and established training stables at Byron Lodge, Randwick.

JOHN TAIT

By the end of the 1850s John Tait was the leading owner in New South Wales, and laid claim to be the first owner in Australia to make horseracing a commercial business. Not only was he a shrewd and successful owner, but he was regarded by all who knew him as a man of absolute integrity – hence the familiar name by which he became known: “Honest John”. When Tait saw The Barb at Bathurst he was impressed by his powerful proportions and fluent galloping action. He offered Lee 200 guineas for the colt, which was gratefully accepted. Tait assigned James Ingersole, a local horseman, to take The Barb to Sydney. Ingersole later swore that “The

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Black Demon” kicked and squealed every yard of the long journey down the Blue Mountains to Sydney. Training the temperamental colt proved a nightmare, and when he fronted up for his first race he unseated his jockey and refused to start. At his next attempt in the Two-Year-Old Stakes at Randwick on 28 April 1866, he missed the jump badly but flashed home for third behind the champion Victorian colt Fishhook. On 7 May the two colts met again in the Nursery Handicap at Randwick. Fishhook was expected to win and started as even money favourite, but The Barb ran out a convincing winner by two lengths. Tait then chose the AJC Derby in September as the next challenge for The Barb, his principal opponent again being the Victorian Fishhook. Interstate rivalry was intense. As reported in a Sydney newspaper: “Every Sydneysider who can walk, drive, ride, or be carried to Randwick will attend the races to support The Barb”. He did not disappoint his supporters, winning by two lengths in record time. After several more runs in Sydney, Tait shipped The Barb south for the 1866 Melbourne Cup. The field was a particularly strong one that year, including two previous winners of the Australian Cup, an Adelaide Cup winner and the winner of the 1865 Melbourne Cup,


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Toryboy. In a field of 29 The Barb led the field out of the straight and maintained his position until the half way mark when challenged by Exile. Heading for home The Barb and Exile engaged in a desperate struggle, with The Barb prevailing on the line by a head. At only his sixth start The Barb had won the Melbourne Cup in the record time of 3 minutes 45 seconds. The racing journalist Augur was moved to write: “… we were introduced to the most powerful and muscular thoroughbred I ever saw. That was The Barb. He stood very little over 15 hands, but I have never clapped eyes on such a barrel, such a muscular back, or such wonderfully developed quarters”.

As a 4YO The Barb confirmed his champion status by winning the Port Phillip Stakes, the Launceston Town Plate, and the 1868 Sydney Cup in record time. As a 5YO he won all seven of his starts, including a second Sydney Cup, in which he carried a huge 10 st 8 lb (67kgs), a weight record which no other horse has ever approached in winning the race. A Bell’s Life reporter wrote: “as The Barb came up the straight the cheering from the stand was such as Randwick never heard before”.

The Barb rounded off his triumphant 3YO season by taking out the Australasian Champion Stakes, then the premier weight-for-age race in the colonies. There was no official margin – the record book simply stated that The Barb ‘won easily’.

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his retirement and sold him to Charles Reynolds of Maitland for stud duties. Despite the retirement of The Barb, John Tait’s career as an owner went from strength to strength. His victories included four Melbourne Cups, two Sydney Cups, five AJC St Legers, three AJC Derbies, four Victoria Derbies, Epsoms, Metropolitans, Champion races, and numerous match races. By the early 1880s his accumulated winnings were calculated at more than £30,000 - in excess of $3 million in today’s currency. The Barb’s career at stud did not live up to expectations, and he sired only three notable winners. However, he did leave one indelible mark on thoroughbred

breeding in that it was The Barb’s daughter, Melody, who foaled Melodious, who in turn produced Wallace, the best racehorse son of Carbine and one of the greatest sires Australia has known. The last word on The Barb must go with Adam Lindsay Gordon who penned: There’s The Barb – you may talk of your flyers and stayers. He stands at the post. Now they’re off…. He skims o’er the smooth turf, he scuds through the mire, He waits with them, passes them, bids them good-bye.

The Barb was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.

TRAINING THE TEMPERAMENTAL COLT PROVED A NIGHTMARE, AND WHEN HE FRONTED UP FOR HIS FIRST RACE HE UNSEATED HIS JOCKEY AND REFUSED TO START.

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A new biography by author JESSICA OWERS brings to life the story of a (long) overlooked champion of the Australian turf.

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record, and became a racing idol in the post-Phar Lap days. At just under 500 closely packed pages, this book is a serious anthology on the life of a truly amazing horse. The story follows Peter Pan’s racing career chronologically, from his barnstorming three-year-old season to his unheralded second Cup win and scintillating 1935 run when, as Owers tells us, Peter Pan became “something of a miracle in the history of horse racing”. The book features the wealthy owner Rodney Dangar, the Doncaster Avenue trainer Frank McGrath, and a procession of Hall of Fame jockeys, from Jim Pike to the ‘Demon Darb’ Munro. Sprinkled throughout, in fascinating, scene-setting appearances, are the other characters that touched Peter Pan’s life – Lanny Leighninger from the Agua Caliente Jockey Club, for example, who tried to lure Peter Pan to Mexico, and the fast-talking American boxing manager Al Lippe who wanted to buy him. In fact, this book overflows with long-forgotten details, >>


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weaving them together to recreate an extraordinary thoroughbred life during the Great Depression. Via careful reconstruction of the times, we are reminded throughout of the relentless legend of Phar Lap. Time and again, Peter Pan was compared and deposed in favour of the Red Terror, even in the wake of extraordinary track deeds. We learn of his owner’s frustration at this, and newspaper snippets reveal interesting public sentiments. At the end of the book, the author takes the legend of Phar Lap to account in an engaging comparison of the two horses’ records: that alone is worth the price of admission! If Peter Pan reads like a

good novel, it is because it was written like one. Jessica Owers has employed narrative non-fiction to knit this story together, so we are brought back to moments in Peter Pan’s life, not merely educated about them: There was the smell of cut grass from the straight six, and the odour of paddock roses that traveled on the breeze. We also learn a great deal about Peter Pan himself, from his irascible nature to his colossal dimensions (over 17.1hh) and his striking beauty (“clapping eyes on him was like suddenly spotting a magnificent woman”). I’m tipping anyone who reads this cover to cover will end

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ESSICA OWERS WRITES like she’s been around for a lot longer than her publicity blurb – and certainly her photo – would suggest.

According to the spiel, Jessica was born in the year Kingston Town won his first Cox Plate (1980 to save you looking it up) but this is a VERY good effort for a debutante. She’s really nailed the essence of what is a great Aussie story: a tale about a time that our grandfathers and great grandfathers often reminisced (or in the case of crusty old journos, our fathers!). Bitten by the racing bug since she read about Phar Lap as

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a nipper, Jessica completed a degree in environmental science and journalism at Stirling University in Scotland and has since penned a number of features for leading trade publications. And she doesn’t mind making a ‘call’ either: “That Phar Lap was a great horse there is no denying … but his greatness was emphasised by the poor class of opposition he encountered” is likely to put some knots into knickers at the Phar Lap Society. A top read – five years in the making – Peter Pan is out on the 31st of October and definitely one of those Christmas presents you can get out of the way early.

up smitten … and a whole lot wiser about a horse that was much better than history has given him credit for. Available in bookstores from October 31 (the day before the Melbourne Cup), Peter Pan is something new for racing in this country: raising the bar significantly for thoroughbred biographies. Beautifully written, and with a truly astounding level of research, it will appeal even to non-racing audiences. But for the thoroughbred enthusiast, it’s a galloping reminder of an equine hero that needs to be given his full due. Peter Pan: The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap’s Successor does just that!


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Dr. Timothy J Ahern

BSc (Hons) BVSc (Hons) Dip. Reprod. Sci. Phone: 0400 144 670, S/E Victoria Fax: (03) 5941 1152

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THE RACEHORSE YARD BROODMARE / 2YO PACKAGE

UNIQUE PROPERTY FOR SALE

80 PICTURESQUE ACRES

Century/Star Kingdom mare in foal to son of Redoute’s Choice Broken in, QTIS filly, by emerging sire $3,300 ono together or will separate Ph Graham 0411 646 125, QLD

10 acres nestled on the Coomera River at Guanaba on the Gold Coast Rustically designed timber and rock home dedicated to lifestyle and entertainment Property includes paddocks, stables and a separate caretaker’s residence Truly unique Offers over $1,150,000 Ph Alex 0419 779 617, Email: alex@adlerrealty.com.au www.adlerrealty.com.au

On 2 Titles only 60km North of Melbourne CBD Close to Kilmore Racecourse Set up for Breeding & Spelling thoroughbred horses Owner retiring, more details on website www.thoroughmixer.com Ph Don 0418 330 593

CORONATION DAY BROODMARE Big strong mare, easy breeder and great mother 3 to race for 3 winners Breeder retaining 2 filly foals from mare This mare is too good not to breed from again $500 Ph 02 6230 2371, NSW

HOUSE & STABLES FOR SALE Rockhampton house and stables for sale. 1km from Callaghan Park Racecourse Hi set house has 3 bedrooms, 8 solid Besser Block stables, sand roll Feed room with overhead living quarters. 2 lots amalgamated $425,000 Ph 07 4974 4286 or 0408 760 497, QLD • Horses under $1000 are FREE

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RACING PARTNERSHIP A well bred filly by Outback Prince out of Autumn Lodge Filly took out the 2 yo fillies yellow ribbon at the Bne Royal 2011. Conformation is spot on. Wanting to form a partnership of 6 inc trainer to race in QLD Breeder will take one third interest in the racing partnership. Breeder will retain ownership and enter into a racing lease. Ph 0417 079 740, darby07@ bigpond.com QLD

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STALLION NOMINATIONS Enemy Of Average (Fusaichi Pegasus – Patrona by Lomond) Debut 2YO Listed winner. By Kentucky Derby-G1 hero (sire of 56 SWs); _ brother to dual G1 winner & leading 2YO sire Exceed And Excel (40+ SWs) Two nominations $900 Seidnazar (Rory’s Jester – Dangerous Seam by Straight Strike) Speedy SW juvenile (2nd Blue Diamond-G1) by a Champion Sire (76 SWs); from dual SW Dangerous Seam, dam of SW Real Jester (48 winners from limited opportunities) Two nominations $2000 All nominations include Free Return & LFG Ph Martin 0419 838 112,VIC • Horses over $1000 are $65 per horse

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DUSTY MOON

COLLATE

MASKED ASSASSIN

Chestnut 2005, Moon Rocket - Zaozip

Brown 2001, Catbird - Calfree

Bay/Brown 2004, Danzero - Duk Duk

There are very few chances in Australia to breed from a son of Moon Rocket - making Dusty Moon a rare opportunity cross your mare with a son of Zabeel! Fast and precocious, Dusty Moon is out of a multiple winning mare in the city, and hails from a family containing two European Group 1 winners - Huntingdale & Master Willie. His pedigree offers a superb opportunity to mate Danehill mares with a stallion likely to produce fast, early types…

- A sprinter with class, he was a multiple winner & collected over $300,000 in stakes… - A dual Group 3 winner, he picked up the Cameron Hcp & the Frederick Clissold Stakes… - As a son of Catbird, he hails from the remarkable Danehill line… - His sire has produced 3 Group 1 winners and 20 other stakes winners… - His winning dam is a 1/2 sister to Group 2 winner Burrito, from the family of Clear Choice - Hails from the same Danehill/ Canny Lass cross as Redoute’s Choice

PRECOCIOUS ~ fast and furious, he was never out of a place as a juvenile, winning 3 from 7 CLASSY ~ a multiple group winner, success in the Group 2 QTC Sires’ Produce S helped him top career earnings of over $500,000 - he was also placed at Group 1 level WELL BRED ~ Danzero has the Group 1 Golden Slipper on his CV the sire making race. His dam Duk Duk’s family has strength in depth, and includes Tails, Refulgent, Royal Mask

Your opportunity to create with Collate - Fee $5,500

Fee $4,400

Opportunity knocks… Fee $2,200 inc GST

Masked Assassin - his ability was no secret.

19-20TH OCTOBER 2011 NATIONAL HORSES IN TRAINING SALE Two of Collate’s colts have sizzled at recent Magic Millions breeze-ups, a son of Royal Empire (Lot 258) scooting home in 10.59 seconds at the Gold Coast and a son of Fuji Mama (Lot 132) in 10.94 at Seymour.

Burwood Stud 07 4693 1309 or 0428 718 533 • QUEENSLAND admin@burwoodstud.net.au • www.burwoodstud.com

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