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Offline nemisis

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« 2020-Apr-15, 06:29 PM Reply #125 »
Well I'll let you oldies tell the tale.

I was still in Primary School at the beginning of that season and wasn't following horse racing.

I remember Battle Heights. Won the Metrop aged 10. Seemed to be part of the furniture.

Game was the  NZ WFA star when I first develop an interest.
A handsome black gelded son of Faux Tirage, he was a front runner with the courage you could only love and admire......Vo Rogue type without the big leads.
Game by name and game by nature was the racecaller's cry and while it sounds pretty corny now, it was absolutely true.
He was a late bloomer so his record mightn't show how good he was.

I was working with an Aussie at the time who would regularly talk about 'dashing Roy Higgins'.
Roy came over to ride him in an invitation race.....Lester Piggott won the race on  the fav Sailing Home.......Piggott hit the mare twice......Game was 2nd but Higgins really laid into him with the stick.....a la Light Fingers......couldn't count the blows.....what a contrast! ........nothing that dashing were my thoughts about Roy Higgins.
He did acknowledge Game's courage who was racing in bandages by them and a little past his best.

Just on Apollo Eleven ......his win in The Auckland Cup was his 4th win in around 40 starts so he wasn't a lot of peoples favourite.......if my memory is right he wasn't being tried as a stayer......more around the mile.
He won the equivalent of a mid level benchmark the week before The Auckland Cup with a huge finish and it all really took off  from there.
He was about the 4th fav in the Auckland Cup.

Who would have thought he was going to come here and rain on Gunsynd's parade?

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« 2020-Apr-16, 08:45 AM Reply #126 »
Wily, here's an attempt at an Australian field 1980-2020

Hypothetical 3200 metre race with the best Australian stayers 1980-2020.
Must have won over 3200 metres or placed and run at least twice at the distance.
For New Zealanders must have run successfully in Australia.
For internationally bred, must have done a significant amount of their racing in Australia

1.   Makybe Diva
2.   Kingston Town
3.   Might and Power
4.   Doriemus
5.   Saintly
6.   Letís Elope
7.   Super Impose
8.   At Talaq
9.   Efficient
10.   Kiwi
11.   Castletown
12.   Tie the Knot
13.   Fiorente
14.   Ethereal
15.   Jezabeel
16.   Viewed
17.   Who Shot Thebarman
18.   Gurnerís Lane
19.   Vow and Declare
20.   Empire Rose
21.   Subzero
22.   Trissaro
23.   Niwot
24.   Count Chivas

Great effort pwa, certainly a cracking good field

Offline wily ole dog

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« 2020-Apr-16, 08:47 AM Reply #127 »
We might actually get not imports this year so it could be an ďAussie ď MC

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« 2020-Apr-16, 10:30 AM Reply #128 »
I reckon you're right, Wily. A return to the old days.

It might encourage a few owners and trainers to target the Cup with the prospect of easier pickings.

Offline Gintara

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« 2020-Apr-16, 01:33 PM Reply #129 »
Great effort pwa, certainly a cracking good field

But the real question is how Peter Mair would tell us that 18 is too big a field and which 'no hoper' he would leave out   :lol: