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If you believe the naysayers…we should be learning La Marseillaise before next Tuesday

October 26, 2011

It is rather incredible – in the past, most notably 2008, trainers and owners were saying it was unlikely an Australian horse would win the Melbourne Cup.

The likes of Septimus, Bauer and Mad Rush would be too strong for the Australians, they said.

What happened?

The first Australian bred horse in nine years won the Cup…albeit, Viewed only hung on by the narrowest of margins to defeat Bauer.

But this year, the Cup has almost been conceded already.

If you believe the markets – and those who believe the Australian stayer is all but dead – we should be learning the words to La Marseillaise, with Americain and Dunaden dominating markets.

So, seeing as I like to educate, here’s a lesson for all Australians prior to the running of the Melbourne Cup.

Below are the words for France’s national anthem.

Now you can impress your friends when (or, in my opinion, if) the Cup is whisked off to Paris.

Sing along with the choir as they sing La Marseillaise.

The words are as follows:

Allons enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé
Contre nous de la tyrannie
|: L’étendard sanglant est levé 😐
Entendez vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras,
égorger vos fils, vos compagnes
Aux armes citoyens! Formez vos bataillons!
Marchons, marchons,
Qu’un sang impur abreuve nos sillons.

Personally, I hope we hear an anthem I’d never heard until this morning – that of the United Arab Emirates, Ishy Bilady.

Don’t know the words but that mixed in with a little bit of God Save The Queen is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Who knows, we may still be lucky enough to hear the Australian anthem…just as long as it is not done as badly as this.

Only six days to go!


One Comment leave one →
  1. October 26, 2011 2:17 pm

    Well, I hope an Aussie bred mare wins, to complete the big Spring trifecta. Shamrocker anyone?

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