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Shocking – Melbourne Cup 2009 Winner

November 5, 2009

G1 VRC Melbourne Cup 3200m 2009 Results

SHOCKING (b h 4y Street Cry (IRE) – Maria Di Castiglia (GB). Trainer: M A Kavanagh) 51 (C W Brown)

CRIME SCENE 53 (K Mc Evoy)

MOURILYAN 54.5 (G Schofield)

Master O’Reilly 55 (V Duric)

Harris Tweed 52.5 (C Newitt)

Alcopop 52.5 (D Tourneur)

Viewed 58 (B Rawiller)

C’est La Guerre (Nicholas Hall)

Kibbutz 52.5 (Chris Symons)

Newport 52.5 (Peter Wells)

Daffodil 51.5 (C Munce)

Munsef 53 (Z Purton)

Gallions Reach 52 (D Dunn)

Leica Ding 50.5 (Craig Williams)

Ista Kareem 53.5 (L Nolen)

Allez Wonder 50.5 (Ms Michelle Payne)

Capecover 51.5 (N G Harris)

Basaltico 51.5 (D Nikolic)

Zavite 53 (M Zahra)

Spin Around 52 (M R Du Plessis)

Roman Emperor 54 (J Bowman)

Fiumicino 55.5 (S R King)

Warringah 52.5 carr 53 (D Oliver) last.

Scr: Changingoftheguard.

3/4 len, 1-1/2 len. Time: 3:23.87. (Last 600m 36.60).

Most years I sit down and do a little study into the pedigrees of the horses running in the major Australian horseraces. I am not remotely interested in betting, but I do appreciate a good horse and get a lot of enjoyment linking history and horses. Thoroughbreds are of particular interest to me – and if you ever get a chance to see it, I do have a bookshelf devoted to tests the history of Thoroughbred, Arabian and Standardbred horses in Australia!

Unfortunately, this year I did not get a chance. Otherwise I might have taken more notice of the eventual winner, Australian-born Shocking (b h 2005 Street Cry (IRE) from Maria Di Castiglia (GB), by Danehill (USA)).

As I have to run out the door to do some errands, I cannot ponder too much longer on this; but I pose this question: what kind of impact have descendants of Danehill (USA 1986) had on the major Australian horseraces?

In restrospect it does not seem a huge surprise that a horse of Shocking’s calibre would take out Australia’s major horserace. A grandson of Danehill on his dam’s side, and a direct male line descendant of Native Dancer (USA gr h 1950), he carries some high quality bloodlines!

One thing that fascinates me is that every name in a horse’s pedigree is a tie to the history. Every one of those horses has been bred for a purpose, linked to people who perhaps tied their hopes and dreams into their animals, and many of these Thoroughbreds carry an impressive genealogy of major race winners with them. If only I had more time to explore these ideas, but more pressing priorities await!



Akhal-Teke Horses

November 12, 2008

I have always thought this breed of horse was very striking and beautiful. An ancient breed, it is pretty rare in Australia. Here’s some links for you (all accessed 10 November 2008)…

Akhal-Teke, Wikipedia

Akhal-Teke, Wikipedia


Flemington Melbourne Cup Carnival Race 2 Bloodstock Musings

November 4, 2008

As I write, the Flemington Melbourne Cup Day racing is on the tv in the background. I have always had a soft spot for Thoroughbreds, and while it’s been less frequent in the recent past, I spent a lot of time during the last decade studying the bloodlines of Australian Thoroughbred Horses. The best location for this is the Australian Thoroughbred Studbook.

I’m not particularly interested in gambling, nor in the inane vanity of the fashions and ‘celebrities’ that make up the between-race chatter. But the bloodlines of certain Australian lines of horses have been of interest to me – especially those of Thoroughbred, Arabian, and Standardbred lines. Perhaps its just convenient that each of these breeds are involved in racing! More information available, you see! And they’re beautiful creatures, that does help.

I looked up the winners of the previous two races just out of curiosity. Watching the horses in the mounting yard before Race 2, the mare Origami Miss caught my eye. Lean, beautiful, lovely walking action. I tipped her as one of the two horses most likely to win the 1700 m – which she did. After that I announced that I absolutely must check out her pedigree for more information. An animal that beautiful must be from a quality family, right?! Her immediate family does throw up some significant and high quality names.

ORIGAMI MISS, Winner Race 1700 m handicap, Flemington, Victoria, Australia – Tuesday, 4 November 2008.

Origami Miss (AUS) 2004 is by Helissio (FR b. h. 1993) out of Royal Isolt (AUS ch. m. 1998), by Royal Academy (USA b. h. 1987). Helissio is by Fairy King (USA b. h. 1982) from Helice (USA 1988). He is an attractive 16.2hh stallion who won several Group 1 and 2 races in France during his racing career, as well as a place in the Japan Cup, Tokyo.

Helissio‘s sire is Fairy King (by Northern Dancer [CAN 1961] from Fairy Bridge [USA 1975], by Bold Reason [USA 1968]. Interestingly about Fairy King, he is a full brother to the legendary Sadler’s Wells (USA b. h. 1981) whose progeny are extremely successful in top class European racing. Sadler’s Wells is a horseracing icon, with his great success at racing and stud. His daughter Playful Act set an astounding world record price for a Thoroughbred broodmare, sold for USD$10.5 million at the 2007 November Keeneland breeding stock sale.

References (all accessed 4 November 2008):
Australian Stud Book

Racing Victoria Limited

Stud Information on Helissio:

All-Breed Database

Coolmore Stud



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