Blogs from Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Footscray November 11th 2018

After bit of a rocky day yesterday it was nice to be back at Flemington, especially as the crowds were well down on the previous two days. There was plenty of room to wander around and no waiting to place bets or get food and refreshments. We spent a lot of the day out the back of the stands,checking out the fashion village, stables and entertainment areas. Flemington is just an absolutely fantastic facility - its hard to think there would be a race course anywhere in the world that would compare. The new members stand looks a bit like a luxury ocean liner, we didn't have access but from the glimpses we got it was absolutely spectacular. The stabling area is quite a walk over to the other side of the birdcage from where we ... read more
The Park
Statue of a Champion

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Footscray November 6th 2018

Unfortunately it dawned a very wet and miserable day, even more unfortunately there was the promise of storms and even more wild weather over the coming hours! We were lucky to get on course while there was just mild drizzle, but not long after the heavens opened and it absolutely bucketed down. The first two races were run in atrocious conditios and there was even talk in the stands that the meeting might need to be called off. The lawns and open areas weren't nearly as packed as usual with a few brave and hardy soles hudling under umbrellas to keep the worst of the weather away. The VRC (Victorian Racing Club) had made contact with the met service who advised the time the front was expected to blow through and they put the start times ... read more
Bleak Outlook

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Footscray November 3rd 2018

Today was the first of our big race meetings at Flemington Race Course (the home of the Melbourne Cup)! Derby Day is regarded here as one of (if not the) best race days in the world - unlike Australians to exaggerate! To be fair it is a great day for the purist with every one of the nine races being group (elite) races and four of them being Group 1 (elite of the elite) races. After a hearty (but not good for the heart) breakfast at the hotel we all met for the bus ride out to Flemington, around 15 mins from the CBD. The race course is in the suburb of Footscray, On the way out we passed Victoria University (same name as Wellington's university back home) and much more impressively a suburban cricket ground ... read more
Secret Blaze
Parade Ring Arch
Finish Line

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Footscray March 12th 2018

Well it is now the night before we leave for Japan. I make note of this because for the last few days, while enjoying the Victorian beachside towns of Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Queenscliff and Torquay, we seemed to have lost the ability to know what day it was. The result, we kept packing each night as if we were leaving the country the next morning (que ‘eye roll’). Perhaps we were just excited to go on our trip, but it ended up being very annoying as it meant the I had to keep unpacking for more clothes to wear. But tonight is definitely all sorted for our 5.00am start to Japan. We have even been able to practice for the cooler weather over there, with Melbourne doing its usual drop of 10 degrees after 2 ... read more

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