Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Tales Of A 1980's Man Down Under - Dame Edna And Dor Kon

When asked why the Australians were so good at sport, Dame Edna Everage said it was because of:

'Good food and diet; open air life; juicy steaks; sunshine - and the total absence of any kind of intellectual distraction.'

The re-named Everage Street is three minutes walk from Mooney Valley Racecourse in the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds. Re-named in honour of the Dame who began her stage career in 1965 as an 'average Australian housewife' from Moonee Ponds.

Melbourne has a host of great racecourses. Moonee Valley, Caulfield, Sandown and, of course, the finest which is Flemington, the home of the Melbourne Cup. The Newmarket Handicap equally was always an exciting race.

The year I was there a fairy tale occurred. A little known horse called Dor Kon won it at large odds. It was an emotive win because the horse had been singled out for shipping to Japan for the horsemeat markets. Why? I cannot remember. Maybe because of injury. Maybe because he wouldn't make the grade and as he was gelded, would not retire to a stud.

The end result was that he was rescued and went on to win Australia's biggest sprint handicap. Dor Kon was   not as glamorous as Black Caviar. The name is bland enough to become lost in the record books, but he had a big heart and was equally game.

Viva Dor Kon.

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