Who Who said dreams don’t come true ….
When a new family moved in two doors along, little did we realise that it would lead to horse ownership.
One Sunday afternoon a quick hello turned into ‘would you like a beer’ followed by a get to know you chat. The word “Mungindi” was mentioned and after exclamations and amazement, it was found the two boys went to school together over 40 years ago.
A plan was hatched then and there for a trip to Mungindi and it was decided there would be no better time to do it but on a race weekend.
The annual Mungindi Cup is held in July and the town swells with families returning for a visit joining racegoers from surrounding towns and properties. Six races are run on Cup day with trainers travelling from Moree, St George Goondiwindi, Inverell, Gilgandra Tamworth, Texas, Garah, Gulgong, Roma, Glen Innes, Quirindi, Coonamble, Narrabri, Warialda and Wangaratta this year.
A quiet night was a good idea after travelling to Mungindi on the Friday. Raceday started with a trip down memory lane and a drive around town. Photos are taken of the school, church and the house where our friend lived.
Next stop is the Jolly Swagman Hotel for a quick beer and to put a few early bets on. The courtesy bus takes us to the track and the excitement really escalates.
The Mungindi Jockey Club have done a wonderful job, the grounds look amazing. The bar is busy and the traditional Chairman’s lunch table is burgeoning with delicious food supplied by racegoers. Five bookies share the ring with a tote. Everyone crowds around a TV showing the metro races.
A took in a visit to the stables to see the horses who are looking relaxed and don’t mind a few pats before running on the Mungindi dirt track.
We are having a blast with our first-time race-going friends who are also have a wonderful day and of course – the ultimate beginner’s luck, picking the winners for the entire local card.
Sitting around the fire we all relived the day. A new conversation begins with ‘if you were going to get a share in a racehorse what would you choose’? A few suggestions were made with lots of laughter … as if … and we called it a night.
The sunrises on a beautiful Sunday morning and we all say our goodbyes with the promise to return and do it all again next year.
As we arrive home, we receive a call …. a very excited voice says ‘”We’ve found one!!!’ A horse …… It’s a filly by the sire you wanted, with the trainer you suggested and is reasonably priced”.
A sea change, a casual passing conversation, a country race meeting has now made a life-long wish to own a share in a racehorse a reality.
Let’s just do it …who said dreams don’t come true …. I can feel many more stories coming on
Words by Maree Smith, from QLD
PS. We can now report that the horse purchased was a Spirit of Boom out of a Bel Esprit mare Monte Bella to be trained by Robert Heathcote. I can feel many more stories coming on!!!!