Melbourne Cup Extravaganza @ Scone October 2010

Melbourne Cup Extravaganza @ Scone October 2010

Featured Image: I’m holding aloft the Melbourne Cup won by ‘Poitrel’ in 1920.


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This is one of the most famous of Melbourne Cups. I ‘borrowed’ it from Tim Moses of ‘Tralee’, Inverell; his father R L ‘Tiggy’ Moses inherited from his father R F Moses of ‘Fairways Stud, Muswellbrook. His father was F A Moses of ‘Arrowfield’, Jerrys Plains who owned and bred the horse with his brother W Moses. Tim was ‘apologetic’ about losing the wooden plinth or base? He needn’t have been. There wasn’t one! The plinth wasn’t added to the Cup until two or three years later.


The featured image is from a painting by Martin Stainforth in the possession of the artist.

Chestnut Horse 1914 by St Alwyne (imp.) out of Poinard. Winner of £26,919, including Melbourne Cup carrying 10st. (!) and all the principal long distance weight-for-age races in Australia. ‘Poitrel’ was a very high class stayer. He retired to his owners’ (Messrs. W. and F. A. Moses ‘Arrowfield Stud’) in 1921. Later he relocated to L.K.S. Mackinnon’s Maribyrnong Stud, Melbourne.

‘Poitrel’ was one of the greatest racehorses and sires of the early 20th century. His win in the Melbourne Cup carrying the massive impost of 10st still evokes disbelief in the most hardened of commentators.

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Summary of Australia’s 1975 Yearling Sales

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Australian Bloodhorse Bulletin September 1975. Published by the Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association of Australia

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With the blinding coruscating glitz of the Magic Millions extravaganza for 2022 fast approaching on the Gold Coast it might be time to reflect on the remarkably steep upward inflationary spiral which has benefited the thoroughbred industry in Australia within 50 years.

The average price for yearlings actually sold in Australia in 1975 (2532) was $4,210:00; down on 1974 = $5357:00 for 2372 lots sold. The stake money for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in 1975 was a projected total of $2,120,000:00.

Morag Bain and young family

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Morag Campbell (nee Bain) plus daughters Gigha (5) and Skye (4) at Scone Races in October 1979. Mrs John Clift (Kia Ora) and Mrs Wendy Bowman (Singleton) are ‘debating’ in the background.

The following year (March 1980) Morag was co-owner with her mother Mrs Mace Bain and sister Fiona in the STC Golden Slipper winner ‘Dark Eclipse’ (Baguette ex Marjoram).

Murray Bain’s Unfulfilled Dream

Featured Image: ‘Eulogy’ of Murray Bain in 1974 written by famous racing journalist Bert Lillye in 1974 (Sydney Morning Herald)

I think Bert says it all? Despite the mildly morbid title I think Murray achieved much of what he set out to do. His legacy is profound.

The ‘dream’ small thoroughbred stud Bert describes was actually ‘home’ to 1980 Golden Slipper winner ‘Dark Eclipse’ (Baguette ex Marjoram) bred and raced by Mace, Morag and Fiona Bain and trained by Neville Begg.

Star Kingdom’s Minder

Star Kingdom’s Minder

Featured Image: The FEATURED IMAGE is Page 40 from ‘The Denman and District History Book 150 Years 1853 – 2003’ co-ordinated by my good mate Ray Barry and Cliff Johnston who I gratefully acknowledge.

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Born on 19th November 1939 Noel passed away on 9th March 2019 aged 79 years. A service of thanksgiving and remembrance was held at St Mathias Anglican Church in Denman on 15th March 2019. An ‘Irish Wake’ was very well attended afterwards at the Denman RSL Club.