The Race That Stops A Nation

One of the few relatively sober sentient beings at Flemington Racecourse this arvo was a South Australian lady horse named Makybe Diva. Therefore, unencumbered by stilettos, a dickhead hat, attire like a hotel concierge or bottles of cheap methode champenoise, she galloped away to win the 2003 Melbourne Cup. In post-race interviews she said that winning 2.7 million bucks wouldn’t change her life although she is talking with ‘leading publishing houses’ about a reputed 6 figure advance on her autobiography tentatively titled “Mug Punters I Have Known.”

Meanwhile 40 million smackeroos have poured through the tote, Melbourne is awash on plonk and at least two bookies are heading for the international terminal at Tullamarine.

It’s a bloody great day!

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Mork
Mork
2022 years ago

Gawd, what a tawdry and depressing spectacle! But I’m guessing I’m Robinson Crusoe on that one. My golden rule: all sports involving animals suck, with the sole exception of sheepdog trials.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

And the really good thing about Sheepdog Trials is that they don’t have wanky stuff like “Fashion in the Field” or people sitting on the top level of “themed” double-decker buses drinking Yellowglen..

Tony.T
2022 years ago

What kind of animal is a mork?

Dave Ricardo
Dave Ricardo
2022 years ago

It is a bloody great day! I won the trifecta. I can think of no one more deserving of this good fortune than me.

James Hamilton
James Hamilton
2022 years ago

Dave Dave you are selling yourself short through your outdated pinko ideology. Deserve has nothing to do with it. You invested the capital, applied the know how, took the risk, and reaped the reward. You need no-one’s permission to be rich.

Now write a hundred times “It’s OK to be rich, and I am worthy of the Hilton twins”

Niall
2022 years ago

I’m with Mork. Keep it to yourselves.

Gummo Trotsky
2022 years ago

‘And the really good thing about Sheepdog Trials is that they don’t have wanky stuff like “Fashion in the Field” …’

That’s not the way it went at the Wagin Woolorama on Saturday, March 8 this year. Fashion was also a prominent feature of this year’s recentIrish Ploughing Championships which included Sheep Dog Trials.

Dave Ricardo
Dave Ricardo
2022 years ago

But are the Hilton twins worthy of me?

Anthony
Anthony
2022 years ago

Interestingly for twins, Paris and Nicky Hilton were born several years apart.
You learn new and important things everyday…

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

“That’s not the way it went at the Wagin Woolorama on Saturday, March 8 this year. Fashion was also a prominent feature of this year’s recentIrish Ploughing Championships which included Sheep Dog Trials”

I stand corrected Gummo. What about that Rose Harris of the Irish Ploughing Champs? Demonstrating in both tatting AND smocking! Bet the Hiltons couldn’t tatt or smock to save themselves……

wen
wen
2022 years ago

Ridiculously ignorant – but who are the Hilton twins? And Geoff, just how could tatting & smocking save anybody ? Are these skills (as a born again rural) I should know ? (:

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

Wen – The Hiltons – Nicky and Paris – aren’t actually twins. They’re sisters – descendants of Conrad Hilton, founder of the eponymous hotel empire. They’re each worth about 400 million apparently and their “role” is to travel the world from one glitzy event to the other making “appearances”. They’re kind of poster children for glamour anorexia and generalised profound shallowness and they were the Big Thing at the cup this year.

I’m sure I remember a framed embroidered exhortation from an Easter Show – “Tatt and Smock and you Shall Have Eternal Life.”

wen
wen
2022 years ago

If you have to spend eternity tatting & smocking – well, I’m happy to skip the eternal life thing.