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Original Blog Post:

If you are a racing enthusiast and dedicated 9 weeks each year to attend racing meets, in Australia/NZ, would you split the 9 weeks into 1 or 2 week stints in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or NZ - perhaps varying what carnivals you would attend, from year to year?

For many years now, I have had an aim to attend all major carnivals at some stage and even some major country cup carnivals. Apart from Tasmania, I have yet to visit Perth's carnival, nor the Sandown race meeting in mid November. Initially, I had targetted the major 2 mile races, which I have achieved except for Perth and NZ, but this is no longer an attractive aim.

Some years ago, to celebrate my 60th birthday, I spent 4 weeks in Victoria, attending the CC, Cox Plate, the 4 day Flemington carnival, plus the Bendigo, Geelong & Kyneton Cups plus much site seeing.

I have already attended all major Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide carnivals, the Darwin Cup and a few country cups over and above those mentioned. The Everest remains a "to do" but not real keen as i dislike the way Randwick has been structured, for racing enthusiasts, that do not want to go there for a dining and or drinking experience.

Now that I have retired, my wife and I, have rented an apartment in Melbourne, for 8 weeks and we will be driving down from Brisbane, late this month. My intentions are to start with the Benalla Cup and attend most country cup days and all Metro meets culminating in the Ballarat Cup meet, and this is my Seventh Heaven.

What is yours?

 
Author: Todman
Subject: Seventh Heaven

Time: 13/9/2018 8:54:02 AM
 
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Author: gladys
Subject: Re: Seventh Heaven

Time: 25/9/2018 3:50:39 PM

Blog Reply:

The long weekend in June in Brisbane with the Stradbroke on the Saturday and the Brisbane Cup on the Monday was my favourite.

Derby Day and Emirates Day in Melbourne were also very special.

Unfortunately, the Brisbane Carnival is now compressed and Derby and Emirates Day is just a booze fest.

 
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Author: Euraman
Subject: Re: Seventh Heaven

Time: 25/9/2018 2:15:32 PM

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I would go to Queensland for the Oaks, Derby and Stradbroke hoping to see a special performance from a future star. The remaining weeks I would stay home in Perth and attend the carnival meetings, especially the Champion Fillies Stakes, WA Oaks and WA Derby.   

My past seventh heaven was going to the trots at Gloucester Park and Richmond Raceway and seeing some great performances(relative to the opposition) in the 1980's (e.g. Gammalite, Black Irish). I haven't been to GP since a horse I backed drifted in the market alarmingly and then galloped at the (mobile) start, something he never did before, losing all hope.

 
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Author: Ramses
Subject: Re: Seventh Heaven

Time: 15/9/2018 10:42:48 PM

Blog Reply:

For about 20 years my mates and I have talked about making a trip down to attend many of the races/days fellow forumites are talking about. The Derby/Cup/Oaks week in particular.

My two most enjoyable I have actually been to are Stradbroke day in Bris and Alice Springs Cup day.

Another day at Doomben (not sure of the year) we had the Super treble (one race at bris/syd/melb), we had Arctic Scent to win Caulfield Cup at 33/1, got the 2nd leg at $41, and Headstrong to win at about 20/1...Headstrong flew home and lost by a nose.

Anyway back to the topic, Alice Springs Cup day...you won't get 100k strong crowd, but you will meet some great characters, and the Casino has a ball that night (again don't think Crown Casino ball, but much more enjoyable).

So in conclusion, I haven't been to any of the big race days (hope to), but that is my Seventh Heaven I've visited (don't think that's what you asked).

My Seventh Heaven for the future is the Cup Week (boringly predictable, hence why I waffled about the past).

 
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Author: Sydeston
Subject: Re: Seventh Heaven

Time: 15/9/2018 12:17:31 PM

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My seventh heaven has long gone. With seven mates, four Queenslanders and four Tasmanians, we would head to the Easter carnival at Randwick.

I started about 1983. The whole AJC carnival went Saturday - Monday - Wednesday - Saturday; taking in the Doncaster, Derby, Sires, All-Aged, Oaks, Galaxy and Sydney Cup.

We stayed at the Oceanic Hotel at Coogee until it was torn down, then moving to Medina Apartments at St Marks Road Randwick. Four days at the track; a swim each day at Coogee; a concert or two (including Suzie Quatro at the Coogee Bay Hotel!); seventh heaven indeed.

Highlights included watching my namesake win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Octagonal win the Derby, Might and Power winning the Frank Packer Plate by six lengths; likewise Mahogany in another Derby; Manuan winning the Galaxy at 25/1!

 
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Author: Branded
Subject: Re: Seventh Heaven

Time: 15/9/2018 8:46:44 AM

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Would love to go to Epsom for the Derby. When I look at the winners I get a chill.

I miss the old days going to Bong Bong. I remember running down the hill to back Mighty Kingdom in the Caulfield Cup.

Just as I approached the Bookmakers I hear "THEY'RE OFF !!!" I missed the 10-1 on Mighty Kingdom. Kingston Town ran fourth. I think Malcolm Johnston rode Mighty Kingdom, while Wayne Treloar road Kingston Town.

The young ones have stuffed Bong Bong. They used to get 35,000. You could stand on top of the hill and see the Buses reach into the distance trying to get to the track.

But, I do not miss the Bong Bong Bubbly (yuk).

Nice memories.

 
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Author: jet
Subject: Re: Seventh Heaven

Time: 14/9/2018 9:40:35 AM

Blog Reply:

Every time I watch the Broome races on Telly with that brilliant blue ocean in the background I promise myself that I will get there one day.
Darwin Cup is also on the bucket list.
I am not a 'crowd' person so the big carnivals don't excite me ( I love watching on telly though)but I wish those who do go all the best and a memorable time.

 
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Author: Racing Gal
Subject: Re: Seventh Heaven

Time: 13/9/2018 4:25:02 PM

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It has been many years since I commented on this site due to certain negative people. However I am now seeing some of the old regulars which is great.

I love going to carnivals and had hoped to attend the Caulfield Cup this year and a very good friend of mine raced Dark Dream and that was to be the target race. Unfortunately she received multiple offers from Hong Kong and eventually sold him. In good news part of the deal was that he will be returned to her care after his career is over (she has a property in the southern highlands of NSW.) Also his new owner has sent her a video of him in Hong Kong and he looks very well.

I still go the races every week and have had a share in a mare (who has now retired) but would love to be at Moonee Valley for the Cox Plate this year - will just have to watch from Randwick.   Still working but hopefully only for another couple of years.

 
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Author: dhaulagiri
Subject: Re: Seventh Heaven

Time: 13/9/2018 3:20:25 PM

Blog Reply:

Toddy I'm a keen race goer these days since I retired from work, and regularly attend Group meetings at the three Melbourne major city racecourses and have casual memberships(general admission) at both Flemington and Caulfield.

Over the last year or so I've gone to Sydney twice to see Winx racing at Randwick (QE Stakes 2017) and Rosehill (Golden Slipper Day 2018), but am not really interested in attending other interstate race meetings or even Victorian Country meetings.

I'm not a big punter nor do I go to the races to socialise, but to take photos of the horsey stars. General Admission is OK for this purpose as I know the best spots in the public areas for getting good close shots at each Melbourne racetrack.

 
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