And so we come to the 1400M part of the racecourse. I thought it enigmatic that something as iconic as the Stradbroke start is simply marked thus........
Think Rough Habit, La Montagna, Private Steer, Show A Heart, Dane Ripper, Campaign King, Daybreak Lover, Triton, Rajah Sahib, Divide And Rule, Cabochon, Mr Hush, Winfreux, Celes Image.
Think Bart, TJ, Wheeler, Moody, Waterhouse, Alotta, HF Best.
Think Moore, McCarthy, C Williams, Newitt, L Nolan, Rawiller, Boss, Gauci, J Cassidy, P Cook, Mulley, Olsen, Sellwood, Pike.
This bit of grass is a shrine for Australian racing and its history
. As a kid, you lived and dreamed for Stradbroke Day to come.
Ahhhh the memories.
This is the view across to the grandstands those great jockeys would have looked at, as they waited to load. They would have seen a sea of fans. Until recent years the top of the John Power Stand (right of pic) would be packed as well.
The 1400M start is from a minor chute wide on the far side of the course and it gives a straight slightly downhill run of 400M to the 1000M point, where the course turns
oops, right on a large continuous uphill curve that brings the field into the home straight.