Most visitors to this blog share my interest in antique furniture, but not many readers would be aware that I also know quite a bit about horse racing.
For those unfamiliar with the Sport of Kings and its competitors, the front of a horse is known as the ‘bow’ and the rear is called the ‘stern’. Hay goes in through the bow and there’s an alternative, malodorous arrangement at the stern. During each contest, the horses are guided by a select group of alto midgets called ‘jockeys’ who perch atop the animals, steering them with narrow leather ‘sheets’.
Australia’s premier two-mile turf race, the Melbourne Cup, has been run annually on the first Tuesday of November since 1861.
Of particular excitement this year is the attendance of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who arrived in Australia yesterday.