A Day at the Races (1)
A few mates, a few beers and a few bets – Life doesn’t get any better. Especially if you make time to wander around the tie up stalls and watch the horses parade before the races. To my eye a race fit thoroughbred is a thing of rare beauty.
If you can win enough on the punt to pay for a few beers and a pie and chips the day has been a raging success.
A Day at the Races (2)
Take the Missus and kids, a picnic blanket and cut lunch. Let the kids go nuts on the face painting, jumping castles, mini golf, handball target, soccer games and pony rides. Check on the little ones between races but city or country it’s a pretty stress free family day out.
A Day at the Races (3)
Your potential star is an acceptor at a city track and your owner’s tickets pretty much give you the run of the joint including the mounting yard before your race, the owners’ bar and most of the members area. The other syndicate members are a terrific bunch to be in a horse with and your trainer is a born storyteller. If your charge runs well, you can watch the replay of the race 500 times on the TVs in the owners’ bar before the next race is run. If it runs down the track, just turn your back on the TV and enjoy the party pies and sausage rolls.
The Cranbourne jump outs on a sunny morning
Especially if your horse shows a bit in its trial or you learn the name of one that looks like it can win a race somewhere. Of course, when the weather turns nasty, there aren’t many places to hide down there but in the right conditions, it’s one of life’s simple pleasures.
When breeding is right!
Octagonal was by a champion stallion from a champion producer, the ‘Joy’ family Sunday Joy, Tuesday Joy, More Joyous etc. It’s even more pronounced in two year old ranks with More Than Ready and Redoutes Choice and his sons throwing a disproportionate number of Slipper winners.
I think it was His Highness the Aga Khan who said in racing you need to breed the best with the best and hope for the best. That was Ok for him with his unlimited funds and expansive broodmare band, the rest of us need to rely on …
The Takeover Target Principal
Even the cheapest horse can win a race and occasionally they turn out to be champions, you’ve all seen the lists featuring horses like Better Loosen Up and others who won millions after being bought for a few thousand dollars.
There’s plenty more I love about racing but this is enough for today.
What keeps you coming back to the track?