I just heard a most surprising thing. So surprised was I that I just had to do some quick checking around and share my findings with you.
And what, I can hear you ask, was this surprising thing?
Between 1922 and 2013 no Tasmanian bred thoroughbred raced in the Cox Plate.
I know. Mind boggling.
So maybe The Cleaner, Tasmania’s first ever Cox Plate starter, will be a sentimental favourite in this Saturday’s weight-for-age at Moonee Valley? I might even have a bet for interests sake.
But this factoid got me wondering about Tasmanian thoroughbreds. So I am very pleased to report that whilst they may not have featured in The Cox Plate, equines from The Apple Isle have made it to the barrier in other Melbourne group one races. Not only that, they have had some success. In the Melbourne Cup, for example, three Tasmanian bred horses have won the ‘race that stops the nation’.
Do you know what their names were? OK, I will give you two of the three:
foaled in 1879 in Deloraine
won Melbourne Cup in 1884
(raced in Tasmania under the name Bagot)
Do you know the third? I bet you do. In fact if you don’t I will be even more surprised than I was at the start of this blog. Go on, post your answer in the comments section below. I’ll provide the answer tomorrow.