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One time Melbourne Cup Carnival feature race winner to line up at Mount Gambier on Sunday

October 27, 2011

In January we brought you the extraordinary story of Leica Falcon.

Five years after running in the Melbourne Cup, he was lining up in the Hanging Rock Cup – which was eventually called off due to kangaroos on the track!

It was a big fall for a horse once touted as the nation’s most promising staying prospect upon Makybe Diva’s retirement.

This weekend sees a very similar story.

Four years ago, Ann McGrath provided a fitting conclusion to horse racing’s biggest week.

The horse she owned (and now trains) had just crossed the line a 100-1 winner of the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), and her shock was captured for the world to see.

Those images were used as publicity by Channel 7 when they launched digital channel 7Mate, among other things.

Her horse won $605 000 that day.

This Sunday, that same horse – Tears I Cry – will be racing for $6700 in a lowly handicap at Mount Gambier.

That’s a touch over 1% of his Emirates Stakes cheque.

A horse plagued with injuries, Tears I Cry returned to form towards the end of his last preparation, recording three wins in December 2010 and January 2011.

But another injury saw him return to the paddock and look unlikely to return.

Yet return he has.

It will be interesting to see how the one-time Group 1 winner goes this weekend at Mount Gambier, where he has to carry 63kg.

McGrath recently stated that she was aiming at a race at Warrnambool in December.

Let’s hope that race goes ahead, unlike the Hanging Rock Cup.

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