‘Why We Celebrate the Horse’s Birthday Today’ (Friday 1st August 2019)

‘Why We Celebrate the Horse’s Birthday Today’ (Friday 1st August 2019)

Featured Image: ‘Lonhro’ at Darley 01082019



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I was cajoled by my very good friend Mike Pritchard (ABC Radio) to take part in the celebration of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour of Scone & District. There was a catch. There usually is! I had to be at Darley Stud (Aberdeen) by 6:30am on Friday August 1st 2019. I was! I told Mike this was ‘falsetto soprano’ time of the year and hour of the day. It was cold: and we were outside! I don’t think he was impressed?

However all’s well that ends well. It was a special occasion. I had just completed my quite bizarre ABC radio commitments when I was approached by alluring and admirable journalist Liz Flaherty of Scone.com.au. She cajoled me into ‘accepting’ an invitation to explain the ambiguity of the horse’s birthday to a general audience. Unprepared as I was, what can a gentleman do? Liz introduced me to her trainee journalist who would capture the video clip on her ‘I-phone’ prompted by Liz. Did I mind? It was too late!

I tried to couch my answers in language devoid of arcane scientific terms and unintended feisty innuendo. I was not too pleased with the interview but to my enormous surprise it attracted colossal interest when posted later that morning on Scone.com.au. (1884 ‘hits’ at time of writing) I saw Peter ‘Crewy’ Allen at White Park just after lunch. He told me I was ‘posted’; otherwise I might not have known! You can be the judge?

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/history-of-the-australian-stud-book-parts-i-and-ii/