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    Default OZ: missing race horse

    News from Down Under in 'Oz'

    Not the best name to have when missing as it almost seems like a statement rather then a name: ABC News Jan 23, 2008 "Missing horse is Not Abandoned"

    The champion Alice Springs race horse Not Abandoned has gone missing.

    The horse's owner Steve Smedley says he believes the bay gelding may have escaped last Thursday after a paddock gate was left open at Temple Bar, south of the town.

    He says they've searched the area using a motorbike and a helicopter.

    "The other alternative is that he's just joined up with a group of horses from the Hermannsburg area so we're just hoping with perseverance we might find him but we thought in the meantime, if he has wandered back in towards the road and somebody may have seen him, that we might pick him up that way."
    Joined up with a group of horses?

    Australia: Form history for 'Not Abandoned'

    Earnings: $211,555 (Australian dollars) Starts: 54 11-13-11
    Last start: Dec 15, 2007



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    The horse's owner Steve Smedley says he believes the bay gelding may have escaped last Thursday after a paddock gate was left open at Temple Bar, south of the town
    .

    Maybe when the horse sobers up, he'll come home.

    Well, he's Not Abandonded - he just wandered off.

    In all seriousness, I hope they find him unscathed. That would be horrible to find any horse, much less a nice one like that, missing.



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    Indeed - perhaps 'the group of horse' he's possibly joined have decided to go to another bar



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    Maybe they decided to stop by Temple first ... via the yellow brick road??



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    Damn. Another good one run off with the brumbies.

    Looks like a job for Jim Craig!!!!

    Seriously, though, I hope Not Abandoned is found soon.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnfairy View Post
    Damn. Another good one run off with the brumbies
    A group of brumbies is known as a "mob" or a "band."

    So he's singing cover tunes of AC/DC - known as "Acca Dacca" in OZ?

    Well if anyone hears a high whinny version of 'Highway to Hell' we'll know it's him

    no stop signs
    speed limit
    nobody's gonna slow me down
    like a wheel
    gonna spin it
    nobody's gonna mess me around
    hey satan
    payin' my dues
    playin' in a rockin' band
    hey mumma
    look at me
    I'm on the way to the promised land
    I'm on the highway to hell
    highway to hell
    I'm on the highway to hell
    highway to hell
    don't stop me



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    At first I wondered if perhaps he went off to tour with Band of Horses, but quickly abandoned that thought as BoH are still in the States.



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    Well, if Not Abandoned is lost in Oz, all he has to do is tap his heels together three times and say, "There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home...." and then, WHOOSH! away he goes.

    And Sleepy Fox, to riff on your take, I can't help thinking of the Dead Parrot sketch from Monty Python: " 'e's Not Abandoned, 'e's just wandered off!"
    Congratulate me! My CANTER cutie is an honor student at Goofball University!



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    Alas nothing in the "local" paper:

    http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/

    Although that might be due to the fact that "our office will re-open on January 31". Me thinks they view daily news as a bit overrated down there ...



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    Just an update of sorts on this horse. No he hasn't been found but his owner is convinced he was filtched and thinks he could be racing in the true bush leagues - Australia Broadcast 7/28/08 "Owner of stolen horse won't abandon insurance claim":

    "We hope that we might find him but after several months on motorbike and helicopter and sort of looking through there and putting out rewards, we now seem to think that whoever's taken him sort of put a bridle on him in the paddock, has actually ridden him out and left the gate open and laoded him onto a float and has gone," he said.

    "You know, he could probably be used as a show horse or something like that because they don't check the brands and markings on those.

    "Or he could be used as a horse to race in the so-called bush meetings like they have at Santa Teresa and Hermannsburg."



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    What the heck is a float?

    The horse went on a boat?



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    Quote Originally Posted by FatDinah View Post
    What the heck is a float?

    The horse went on a boat?
    http://www.horsefloathire.com/

    Where your man is in Australia it's far, far away from water

    Although maybe he has hitched a tramp steamer and is now enroute to Samoa!



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