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Kevin Densley: In Celebration of Great Australian Racehorses

In Celebration of Great Australian Racehorses   In early colonial racing days, Australian turf’s first champion, Jorrocks, “The Iron Horse” —a winner up to age eighteen— discovered pulling a dray on a farm in central New South Wales.   Then The Barb, “The Black Demon”, so-called for wildness and temper, winner of the ’66 Cup, a wonder at weight-for-age.   Grand Flaneur, never beaten. His jockey, Tom Hales, our greatest nineteenth century hoop, described the horse as a “smasher”. Easy winner of the ’80 Cup, Victoria and AJC Derbies.   Carbine, son of Musket, “Old Jack”, a bay, 16.1 hands,…

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