Equitainment Newsletter - Spring Racing Carnival - 19 October 2016
19 Oct 2016
In This Newsletter
From Archer's walk, to Kiwi's devastating run. Rare footage of many wonderful Melbourne Cups. The Jockeys, Trainers, The Fashions, the Politics and Phar Lap.
It's all here from the beginning in 1861 - the joy and the tears, the happiness and the heartbreak - the ultimate racing DVD for anyone with even a scant interest in the turf.
Its MORE than a race, it is also a festival involving people, fashions, pomp and pagentry.
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE MELBOURNE CUP - DVD
The remarkable story of the 2002 Melbourne Cup, and Damien Oliver's triump on Media Puzzle.
The Melbourne Cup is more than a horse race, it is part of Australian culture and folklore, born out of the heady gold rush days of the 1860's.
The Melbourne Cup is a race built on endeavour, endurance and emotion, but few Cups have been influenced by the events that surrounded Media Puzzle's win in 2002.
And when Oliver rose in the stirrups and kissed skyward, a nation, touched by a grieving Oliver's courage to ride so soon after the death of his jockey brother Jason in a horrific track fall, was swept up in one of the most stirring moments in Australian sporting history.
THE CUP - PB
THE CUP - DVD
THE CUP - BLU RAY
Tommy Woodcock spent a long lifetime with horses, but is best remembered, and loved, as the young man who strapped and looked after Australia’s legendary racehorse, Phar Lap.
The 1930 Melbourne Cup winner and the people’s champion of the Great Depression died mysteriously – cradled by Woodcock – in the US after winning against the odds in Agua Caliente, Mexico, at his only start overseas. The horseman called Phar Lap “Bobby”, and knew him best. And Woodcock is fondly known, too, as the old man, who almost 50 years on, trained the gallant Reckless, second in the 1977 Melbourne Cup and winner of the other major “two-mile” races on the Australian turf calendar a the time, the Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane Cups.
Reckless is the same horse Woodcock let children ride at the track on race day, and was pictured with bunked down in the straw, on the front page of The Age newspaper.
Woodcock’s life story and his great and heart-breaking moments with Phar Lap and Reckless are told in his own down-to- earth words by a master storyteller, Jan Wositzky, in this updated and revised edition, with a new introduction.
ME AND PHAR LAP: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF TOMMY WOODCOCK - PB
Whether you are a racing tragic, a lover of horses or a two-bob, once-a-year punter, you will love this horseracing celebration that ripples with all the laughter, romance, heartbreak and humanity of the sport of kings.
Did you know that Jorrocks raced til the grand old age of 19? Or that Melbourne Cup-winner Grand Flaneur never lost a race? Or that Sunline was the top stakes-winning mare in the wolrd in her day?
'The Best Australian Racing Stories' is chock-a-block with the victories and tragedies of these amazing champions and many more.
THE BEST AUSTRALIAN RACING STORIES FROM ARCHER TO MAKYBE DIVA - PB
Diehard punter Helen Thomas accepts the dream challenge of betting with someone else's money, and spending every day of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival on the punt.
That's 42 days of meeting and mixing with the colourful identities of the racetrack, obsessively studying the form, and getting up at dawn to follow the turf convoy out of town for country meetings in the extraordinary lead-up to Australia's really big racing events - the Holy Grail for punters and owners alike - the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
The result is an engaging, funny, terrifying, exhilarating, fascinating account of life on the punt at the track - the consequences-free betting spree we all dream about! Never more than a gallop away from a windfall or a nightmare, Helen Thomas's story of living every punter's dream is as vivid and fast-paced as a big race itself. As the horses thunder into the straight, will she cross the line in front?
42 DAYS AT THE RACES - A PUNTING ADVENTURE - PB
Bart Cummings, Colin Hayes and Tommy Smith ....Australia's legendary trio of racehorse trainers. Their popularity extends beyond the profession they have dominated for decades.
Each of them possess a natural affinity with the horse; individually gifted with that enigmatic sixth sense. Record breaking achievements distinguish them from their contemporaries by the length of the Flemington straight.
Their amazing winning formula applies not to hundreds of races, but thousands... and thousands. Between them they've won 73 Derbies, 50 Oakes, 11 Cox Plates, 13 Melbourne Cups, 11 Golden Slippers ... and more.
But what motivated these masters? Why did they transcend all others?
This is their success story... Cummings, Hayes and Smith... THE DOMINATORS.
THE DOMINATORS - DVD
Bonecrusher, Vo Rogue, Saintly, Octagonal, Mahogany, Schillaci, Let's Elope, Veandercross.
Bonecrusher showed it in the memorable 1986 Cox Place; Vo Rogue displayed it time and time again by running great horses ragged; Octagonal had enough of it to keep finding the post an inch ahead of the opposition; and Saintly, Mahogany, Schillaci, Let's Elope and Veandercross... well they also had it.
The combination of talent, personality and a sheer will to win made some of these horses out and out champions, others the next best thing. All of them, TURF HEROS.
This video is not just the races, but the behind-the-scenes drama and romance that made all these horse TURF HEROS ...
TURF HEROS VOLUME 1 - DVD
Arguabley ten of Australia's greatest champions from the modern era presented in this one fantastic video.
Red Anchor, Surround, Reckless, Rubiton, Placid Ark, Emancipation, Luskin Star, Dulcify, Strawberry Road and Bounding Away ...
Featuring some of their greatest triumphhs and behind-the-scenes action from the thrilling careers of the ten greats from the modern era.
TEN GREAT CHAMPIONS OF THE MODERN ERA - DVD
With the recent news of Octagonal's passing we thought it was only fitting he be included in this newsletter.
Every now and then a special horse comes along that captures the heart of a nation. Such a horse is "Octagonal".
Watch the Big "O" in action as he cleans up the sensational group 1 races. From the Sires Produce Stakes in 1995 through to the heart stopping Mercedes Classic of 1997 where he clinched the title of Australia's greatest stakes earner.
Relive the thrilling 1996 AAMI Guineas as well as the AJC Derby of a Decade with the other sensational three year olds of his year, Saintly, Filante and Nothin' Leica Dane.
OCTAGONAL - THE BIG "O" - DVD
In 1932, they said there would never be another Phar Lap. Yet within months there came a racehorse so wildly brilliant that he was instantly compared to the dead champion. He was Peter Pan.
Within months of Phar Lap's death, Peter Pan had won the Melbourne Cup and then two years later, won it again - the first horse in 72 years to take home a second. The newspapers of the day called him a 'super horse' and declared 'another Phar Lap takes the stage'. But over the long years, Australia forgot their new champion.
Peter Pan: The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap's Successor is the tale of the horse that came next - the brilliant, speedy Peter Pan. Casting off the shadow of Phar Lap, this tells the story of triumph during the Great Depression and the coming of a champion when Australia least expected one.
It is time to restore the standing of our other great racing hero
PETER PAN: THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF PHAR LAP'S SUCCESSOR - PB