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Claudius
May. 1, 2011, 09:26 AM
Any one, any one???

Hilldale
May. 1, 2011, 10:24 AM
Private Attack, And the Eagles Fly, Volle Nolle - only 3 finishers - 10 starters - won by like 60 lengths.

SteeleRdr
May. 3, 2011, 09:24 AM
Hilldale summed it up. Interesting racing. Lots of unfortunate mistakes to unseat riders.

I watched from the 6th/16th (my sister works/lives at Worthington), and got to see most of the action up close. All horses got back to the barn safely. Only two horses were listed as actually "falling," though I didn't get to see Gorgeous Charger fall, I did see Western Fling bite the dust. The scariest was at the 15th when the loose horse swerved into the path of Justin Batoff and Prospector's Strike. Blythe and Private Attach had a fairly significant lead already coming into the 16th. I have to give her props, because after the 16th she gave Private a HUGE pat on the neck. She won easily by 60, and another 60 back to 3rd place finisher of Volle Nolle and Michael Traurig.

I think it's huge to note that it was the 2nd and 3rd place horses first times around the Hunt Cup. Quite notable!

On a side, we did have a trainer stop by on their way out and attempt to trade their horse for refreshments! We let them keep the horse, but did give them something for the ride home.

Glimmerglass
May. 3, 2011, 12:48 PM
Someone has posted on youtube the 2011 MD HC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7kGURXFzq8)

sportinghorsepolo
May. 3, 2011, 01:37 PM
Private Attack was originally supposed to be a polo pony-lucky for us jump race fans, he didn't hack it:)

awm
May. 3, 2011, 03:11 PM
Thanks for the video, Glimmer!

Hooooraaaay for Blythe Davies, what a come-back!

And another hooooooraaaaay for Billy Meister, after watching his horse,
Twill Do win last year with him on crutches with a broken pelvis, if I remember
correctly!

Madeline
May. 3, 2011, 06:22 PM
Someone has posted on youtube the 2011 MD HC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7kGURXFzq8)

Thanks for the video. The first two horses each had hairy moments toward the end. They could have used split-screen on the video.

Glimmerglass
May. 5, 2011, 11:12 AM
If the MD Hunt Cup was thought to be wild - try the Grand Annual Steeplechase at the Warrnambool carnival [news video] (http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201105/r762172_6416245.asx) in Australia.


The riderless Banna Strand veered off course and jumped a two-metre-high** brush fence into the crowd near Tozer Road at the back of the course proper on Thursday.

A two-year-old girl suffered a fractured collarbone and was taken to Warrnambool Hospital.

An 80-year-old woman is having shoulder and hip x-rays, and a 12-year-old girl requires x-rays on her foot.

Four of the seven people have been discharged from the hospital.


No horses or riders were injured.

The only horses to complete the course were Al Garhood, making it back-to-back Grand Annual victories, who beat Awaking Dream.

**two meters = 6.56167979 feet

Xctrygirl
May. 5, 2011, 02:33 PM
And American Video....


http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=90734&sitesection=dlnews_top&VID=23412230

~Em

Madeline
May. 5, 2011, 03:48 PM
... but he jumped it really well....

Glimmerglass
May. 6, 2011, 10:17 AM
I must commend the excellent jumping form that Banna Strand had after jumping the 6' wall (http://images.smh.com.au/2011/05/05/2345411/Jumps1-420x0.jpg) and into the crowd. The fact that seven people were injured - but not killed - isn't bad all things considered. Banna is fine by the way.

Having 1,100-lbs at 18-mph (or more) land into a human should cause more damage.

Reverse angle of the leap towards the barrier (http://images.smh.com.au/2011/05/05/2345354/art_wbHORSEfence1-420x0.jpg) (photo by Leanne Pickett)

Drvmb1ggl3
May. 6, 2011, 10:00 PM
I must commend the excellent jumping form that Banna Strand had after jumping the 6' wall (http://images.smh.com.au/2011/05/05/2345411/Jumps1-420x0.jpg) and into the crowd. The fact that seven people were injured - but not killed - isn't bad all things considered. Banna is fine by the way.

Having 1,100-lbs at 18-mph (or more) land into a human should cause more damage.

Reverse angle of the leap towards the barrier (http://images.smh.com.au/2011/05/05/2345354/art_wbHORSEfence1-420x0.jpg) (photo by Leanne Pickett)

Probably shouldn't keep clogging the MH Cup thread with this Aussie diversion... but check out this photo (http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2011/05/05/1226050/700213-11-05-05-banna-strand.jpg) of the incident at Waarnambool.

Madeline
May. 6, 2011, 11:18 PM
Probably shouldn't keep clogging the MH Cup thread with this Aussie diversion... but check out this photo (http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2011/05/05/1226050/700213-11-05-05-banna-strand.jpg) of the incident at Waarnambool.

This is a photo that begs for a caption. The thought bubble above this horse's head:

????????????

Where do I land to keep from squishing them?

What are they doing out on the race course?

Where are the horses they fell off of?

That shortcut seemed like a good idea, until right now...

Beverley
May. 6, 2011, 11:59 PM
Well let's bring it back on topic! That horse is wasted on hurdles but clearly has the form for the Md Hunt Cup course- somebody go snap him up!

Glimmerglass
May. 7, 2011, 10:54 AM
This is a photo that begs for a caption. The thought bubble above this horse's head:

"Pardon me, folks, coming through"

"Uh oh, I this was a good idea about two strides ago"

"Rose, I'm king of the world!" (http://www.itrevino.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/titanic_king_of_world_dicapricrow.jpg)

"... mmm from up here I can see that little girl has an apple"

and for the obligatory Charlie Sheen reply: "Winning!" (http://www.norcalblogs.com/outsidebox/charlie-sheen-430jc3711.jpg)

Again to reiterate the horse is fine and I believe while spectators were injured all have been released from hospital.