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Dayaftermelbournecupitis – a true, serious condition

November 2, 2011

Does anyone else feel deflated after the Melbourne Cup comes and goes for another year?

Officially (and by officially, I mean under my diagnosis), the deflated feeling is an official disorder – scientific name, DAYAFTERMELBOURNECUPITIS.

I must admit, this year I think I have a rather mild form of the disease.

It is hard not to be excited thinking about the incredible finish we saw at Flemington yesterday.

That’s what is great about horse racing – two horses, nostrils flaring, ears pricked, going stride for stride, jockeys giving them everything they have, the crowd willing them to go harder.

It’s theatre.

I am a horse racing fan and I follow it throughout the year.

I am not a ring-in come the spring carnival, nor do I tune in occasionally.

It is my life.

But the spring is special, and the Melbourne Cup is the pinnacle of the spring.

At least, when the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate are over for another year, there is the knowledge that there is still more to come.

After the Melbourne Cup, the quality – on the whole – decreases.

Yes, we have the Oaks tomorrow, followed by the Emirates Stakes this weekend (which, may I add, looks a brilliant race), while Black Caviar will have tongues wagging in the Patinack Farm Classic.

And then the first running of the Sandown Classic under its new moniker, the Zipping Classic, will see Americain and Manighar go around once more.

It is a final hurrah for the best horses before they head off for a well earned break.

I am already dreading the Melbourne Saturday meeting two and a half weeks from now, when the races are nothing more than average.

There was a subsequent Group 1 winner in Aloha who won at the meeting, but the rest of the winners don’t rate a mention compared to the rest of the spring.

Typeface, Anabaa’s Legacy, Doosra Diamond, Sulmita, Waltzes, Tio Rossa and Impressive Eagle were the winners at that meeting.

At least, two Group 1s (the Railway Stakes and the Winterbottom Stakes) will be run across in Perth.

But still, it is hard to contemplate good racing now that our majors are over for 2011.

Dayaftermelbournecupitis marks the point in time in which we should sing Le Marseillaise fifty times, promptly forget it, and start learning the words to The Seekers’ The Carnival Is Over – replete with hands in the air and flickering lighters.

Already, I’m looking forward to next year’s Cup – although I have much to look forward to before then.

I will go to the Grand National at Aintree, the famous Royal Ascot carnival and a race meeting in Hong Kong, so my global horizons racing-wise will be expanded!

Although I might have to add a trip to the St Moritz snow races onto my agenda, given that was a target of Dunaden earlier this year.

He was a scratching, but I might find the next Melbourne Cup winner at those White Turf races.

That’s right, the 2011 Melbourne Cup may be over, but I’m already looking towards next year’s race.

Who knows? If I’m extremely lucky, I could join Sheikh Fahad as a 22 year old winning owner of the Cup next year.

Don’t count on it though.

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