Winning Wednesday – Bridles, Whips and Spurs

Racing is all about fun and can come in all kinds of form.  You can go to the track, hang out at the stables, head to the TAB or just entertain at home.

Last Wednesday a group of friends gathered in Queensland for a fun afternoon of bubbles, horses and a little flutter. This is their tale – it will be one hell of a Wednesday afternoon!!!

A Winning Wednesday Afternoon in Queensland

The theme for the day was anything horses … dress as jockeys and bring along something horsey, have a bet and enjoy a few drinks.

Just as in racing, we had a diverse range of participants: two International visitors, one from the UK and the other from The Land of the Long White Cloud plus, three interstate raiders from Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

It was decided we would concentrate on two race meetings, Sandown and Morphettville and agreed on a stake per person per race.

Further it was decided that we would each pick one horse per race, winner takes it all.  If no winner is found the pool would jackpot into the next race to jump.

The betting strategies for the day were as diverse as the punters.

By number, the same number each race, no matter what
By name, something funny or a memory
By looks, colour, markings
By racing colours
By jockey

It was the our International that outdid the rest of us with her betting strategy.  It was all about the number – the Kiwi chose the number 7 each race.  The luck of the 7, it won three races, and the Kivi picked up two jackpots as well.

Included in the day was our abundance of props for the day.  You would have to say our collection of horse paraphernalia was very interesting.

On display and for light conversation was a Stallions book dated 1990.  This enchanting book us on a fascinating look back in time.  To see so many stallions looking at us from the pages yet no longer seen in our breeding, was fascinating.  We all found these books to be gems.  It pays to search in second hand book stores or book fares where you may be lucky to find such historic collectables.

It was our Kiwi friend that supplied a collection of bridles, a set of spurs plus a draft horse breast collar.  All intriguing up close and certainly added to our theme.

But it was our racing whip that started an interesting conversation – does these whips actually hurt horses? We then moved on to a conversation about the whip rules.  Examining the whip and of course playing with it, it was agreed that the whip was mostly used to ‘help’ get a horse home.

We also had a replica set of racing silks made famous by one of Australia’s most popular horses, Apache Cat – just loved the white face.  Apache Cat raced 43 times for 19 victory wins as well as being placed another 11 times – earning prizemoney of just under $4.6 million dollars,  ‘Patch’ as he is affectionately known was born and bred at Chatswood Stud in Victoria and trained by Greg Eurell.  The great story is that Patch now lives a luxurious life residing at Living Legends, the International Home of Rest for Champion horses located 6 minutes from Melbourne airport.  What a fabulous place for our champs to retire and see out their days.

On the day, there was lots of food, a certain amount of beverages consumed!!!! great friends with lots of laughs which all made for a fabulous day.  We love our racing and it goes to show that racing can provide lots of entertainment on and off the track.

Another memorable winning Wednesday will be planned very soon.

Words by Maree Smith
Editor, Sharon Lenton