- Jun 30, 2007
# 5 GLASS HARMONIUM
Horse racing has become very internationalized over the last decade or so...the VRC decided to actively chase international entrants many years ago and have had great success in attracting the internationals even if the internationals haven't actually had much success.How on earth is there only a few Aus, a couple more NZ and mostly Irish horses this year?
... as has been pointed out in Friday's 7:30 Report on Ten: It's now so "International" that Organisers chose to pay obscene attendance fees to fillies like Paris Hilton or similar Sellebrities, just so the "Set" can feel even more important and the local yokels can gawk.Horse racing has become very internationalized over the last decade or so...the VRC decided to actively chase international entrants [...]
The Melb cup is now an international race/event much like the Aussie open or Grand Prix is.
Just having another look at this horse and would be interested in your opinion So_Cynical or anyone else.# 17 At First Sight
So you are going with the luck of the Irish, eh.2. Jukebox Jury
5. Glass Harmonium
Good luck all
In a very very open race i like At First Sight for the following reasons.Just having another look at this horse and would be interested in your opinion So_Cynical or anyone else.
At First Sight did run home well in the Bendigo Cup but this was his 4th Australian start and he still hasn't chalked up a win. In fact, his only win was a maiden race in Ireland as a 2yo.
A lot of notible judges/media are throwing this name around as a near certainty for the cup. I am struggling to work out why this horse has a chance in the race, let alone being one of the top selections?
It's breeding through his father, Galileo, suggests he should run a solid 12 furlongs or 2400m, so there is nothing to give me confidence over 16 furlongs or 3200m.
Actually, I am starting to wonder how this horse qualified for the cup.
I know horse racing can be a lottery, but this race has some of the best staying horses on the planet. I seriously doubt At First Sight can be put in this catergory.
Am I missing something?
First and third out of all those picks. I took 10 e.w. on six runners including Red Cadeaux, beaten by a bit, in which I was privileged to hear someone say, "well that's horse racing". What a joke.Dunaden has plenty of wraps on it, is 5kgs under weight for age and has a great turn of foot which is important in these races. Concern for me is the jockey who hasn't set foot in Australia. Still, under the weights he comes in well.
Lucas Cranach is a German horse and has the powerful Freedman stable behind him, a 5yo entire in a nice barrier and 6kgs under wfa, should be well in this race.
+1What a heartbreak for the 'second' horse. Seems unfair to me not to declare this one a dead heat.
I'm not into horse racing but watch the Melbourne Cup every year, getting pathetically tearful at how beautiful the horses are. Such courage and grace.