Fancy a day at the races?

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Fancy a day at the races?

Postby Sherry » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:28 pm

I've long known about Bret's father having racehorses. He and I shared a number of emails a few years ago and it was one of the things I remember discussing. One of his favourite horses was sold to someone over in the UK and he raced here. Small world as I saw the horse race iirc.

Anyways, long story short, Mr McKenzie appears to have a horse running in the Melbourne Cup! Only the biggest horse race in Australia!

Read the article here

How is this Bret related? Well he'll be going for a day at the races to cheer his Dad's horse on. And I thought it'd be nice to give it a mention in a thread of its own.

Looking forward to seeing how the horse does :) No idea of his record or of the rest of the field, so hard to even begin to have a clue.

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Postby FanBase » Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:12 am

I'm guessing people bet on these races? The reason I ask is b/c maybe I can catch the race at a local casino here in Sin City...not to bet on it, but to see the horse and all. :roll:

What a neat tid-bit about the horses. :wink:
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Postby cassandrasnow » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:46 am

Bloody hell! Some local news! Where's that dancing banana when I need him? :nana: Ahh. There he is.

I'll be watching that tomorrow. The whole country stops for it. It's crazy. They even bring tvs into the classrooms to watch it at school.

I can't believe Bret will be there. I wish I lived in Melbourne. I'll just have to wear my fascinator and watch the tv all day. It's the next best thing.

Thanks for posting this Sherry. :D

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Postby FanBase » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:43 am

Lucky you Cassandra! I had no luck finding a U.S. broadcast time (as far as TVGuide.com is concerned). Oh well...go Sculptor!
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Postby cassandrasnow » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:47 am

FanBase wrote:Lucky you Cassandra! I had no luck finding a U.S. broadcast time (as far as TVGuide.com is concerned). Oh well...go Sculptor!


They usually have live updates on the official site... http://www.melbournecup.com/

Hope this helps a little bit.

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Postby FanBase » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:59 am

cassandrasnow wrote:They usually have live updates on the official site... http://www.melbournecup.com/

Hope this helps a little bit.


Hey thanks! Let's hope Sculptor behaves him or herself. :horse: These smilies are too funny. 8)
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Postby cassandrasnow » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:03 am

Look what I just found....

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Postby FanBase » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:45 am

My, you're quite the sleuth... 8) She's (he's?) a lovely horse.
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Postby cassandrasnow » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:19 am

I try. :coffee:

I actually just found it on the Melbourne Cup website in the photo gallery. Sculptor is really beautiful. They've been interviewing a lot of the trainers on telly over the last few days (and no - haven't seen Peter McKenzie yet) and I wish they'd show the horsies more. They do all the running. They deserve more air-time.

:horse: I like this one too, FanBase. :lol:

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Postby cassandrasnow » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:45 am

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I just made this for anyone who wants to show their McKenzie/Sculptor support. :)

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Postby FanBase » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:05 am

cassandrasnow wrote:I try. :coffee:


You're so modest. :eyelashes:
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Postby FanBase » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:07 am

cassandrasnow wrote:Image

I just made this for anyone who wants to show their McKenzie/Sculptor support. :)


Go Sculptor Go! :cheer:
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Postby cassandrasnow » Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:21 am

I'm not 100% on what all of this means exactly, but I did find out that Sculptor is number 17.

SCULPTOR (P L McKenzie) 5h (46:7-5-3): NZer with very astute trainer but best form is on rain-affected tracks. Won the Ipswich Cup before 4ths in the Caloundra Cup and Queens Cup at E Farm in the winter. Fav when handy and boxed on for 2-1/2 len 4th (58.0) Miles 2100m Hawera Egmont Cup slow trk Oct 13 then in a return to best 1-1/2 len win (58.0) Empyreal, Mickey 2000m Wanganui Hospice Cup slow trk Oct 20. Secured his start in this on Saturday with superior staying performance holding off the favourite to score lg nk win (55.0) The Fuzz, Desert Master 2500m F'ton Saab Qlty Nov 3. Comes right ito contention after grinding Saab victory on Saturday. Any rain would be a bonus.

Go to http://www.tabonline.com.au/cgi-bin/main.pl?page=/m-cup/default.stm for the latest odds.

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Postby Sherry » Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:38 am

cassandrasnow wrote:I'm not 100% on what all of this means exactly, but I did find out that Sculptor is number 17.

SCULPTOR (P L McKenzie) 5h (46:7-5-3): NZer with very astute trainer but best form is on rain-affected tracks. Won the Ipswich Cup before 4ths in the Caloundra Cup and Queens Cup at E Farm in the winter. Fav when handy and boxed on for 2-1/2 len 4th (58.0) Miles 2100m Hawera Egmont Cup slow trk Oct 13 then in a return to best 1-1/2 len win (58.0) Empyreal, Mickey 2000m Wanganui Hospice Cup slow trk Oct 20. Secured his start in this on Saturday with superior staying performance holding off the favourite to score lg nk win (55.0) The Fuzz, Desert Master 2500m F'ton Saab Qlty Nov 3. Comes right ito contention after grinding Saab victory on Saturday. Any rain would be a bonus.


Hehe sounds like he prefers tracks with softer ground. He has had some good results though. He made this race winning his last race by a long neck's length and in doing so beat the favourite. Weight wise seems decent also so fingers crossed for today. Other waffle I'll spare you.

But if the track is wet or soft going, he could do well if track position is favourable. Hard to work your way up a field in heavy going if you get boxed in unless you are one that tends to run well in those conditions. If its dry I doubt he'll have such a good time out there and other horses will be favoured betting wise.

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Postby cassandrasnow » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:12 am

Geez, I'm very impressed Sherry. You really know your stuff. Here's hoping the weather's a little damp.

I saw some footage of the Cup street parade on telly a few minutes ago and there was no sign of any McKenzies. I did however see someone (could have been the jockey) wearing the Sculptor silks. I got very excited when I saw that bit.


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