Big day at The Gallops!

2.12pm, Saturday 28th April, Murray Street, Angaston, Barossa Valley, SA

Afternoon, folks, sorry we’ve been off the air for a few days – no excuse other than the constant stream of visitors to Yalumba from all corners of the globe.

But today is a big day for Australian horse racing fans – it’s Autumn Racing Carnival time in Sydney and that means a top time at Royal Randwick, and in our little corner of the world, all eyes will be on Race 7 at the Morphettville track down ‘in town’ in Adelaide where wonder mare Black Caviar will be racing for 20 wins from 20 starts.

If you follow ‘the gallops’, then you might know there’s a similar story under way in the United Kingdom with the fabulous colt Frankel. In October last year he won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at the legendary Ascot track – his ninth win from nine starts. Now this freakishly good horse has a very good looking father – the grand old sire called Galileo. And how do I know he’s such a good looking piece of work? Because last year when we were on our way back to Dublin from doing events at Ballymaloe House Cooking School near Cork, we were lucky enough to be shown around Coolmore – one of THE great thoroughbred breeding establishments anywhere in the world. And that’s where Galileo still lives and works. That’s if you can call getting 50 or 60 mares pregnant each year … ‘work’. Now here’s your man Galileo:

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As I said – check that profile. He just strolled out of his box, propped, stretched his neck out and posed! The equine George Clooney. Now we can’t back Frankel today, but Galileo has another son running today – in the next race in Sydney – Race 6 The Sydney Cup. Check out horse number 3 Niwot – that’s “to win” backwards! In the spirit of good looking sires that I’ve met, and their sons … I’m going to have a bit of a flutter on Niwot and I’ll let you know how he goes.

As for Black Caviar – Adelaide folks have really dived in behind and this will be a very big time down at the Morphettville track this afternoon. A sell out situation – 30,000 general admission tickets – went earlier this week, and the stands and marquees will be full, with the mare’s salmon-and-black racing colours all over the show! So at 3.53pm local SA time, they’ll jump, and with any luck Black Caviar will be 20 wins from 20 starts a few minutes later. We just wouldn’t want you to miss out on some of the interesting things happening down our way.

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