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World’s hippest slipper



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At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Australia on March 24, one very lucky owner will be awarded a trophy with a 24-carat gold-plated slipper as its centrepiece. Since its introduction in 1957, the Golden Slipper Stakes has grown to become the richest and most prestigious race in the world for two-year-old horses, with a total purse of A$3,500,000. The trophy itself is worth A$23,000, and comes with a detachable golden bow brooch encrusted with 74 diamonds.

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Racecourse handbags – off course…

ARKLE, HYPERION, GOODWOOD are names that are familiar to all Brittish racing fans. They are also names for really cool handbags from Osprey London. The company’s customer club even has a logo that look just like a VIP badge from an English race course. Prices start at about 550 Euro. www.ospreylondon.com
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DONNING THE SILKS

It was Jimmy who gave Jack his first horse to exercise in the USA, and just a few weeks later he told him he had a ride coming up for him at Indiana. Elmor was the horse, a solid five-year-old gelding in a claiming race at Indiana Grande Racecourse and Casino. Jack had only been riding out for a couple of weeks at this stage of our American odyssey and we had thought it would take a few months before any offers of rides came in, he had however obtained his apprentice jockey’s license in the state of Kentucky a few days earlier, so we thought we were good to go. Indiana is not a place you have probably heard much about. It lies directly to the North of the western half of Kentucky, and the racetrack itself lies about a two and a half hour drive from Lexington, which is far enough (around 170 miles), but driving the 100 miles to Kempton Park racetrack from our stables in Newmarket often felt like more of a journey due to the weight of traffic and frequent jams. We have done the Indiana journey many times now, and it is not unusual once we have driven the two miles onto the Lexington ring road (new circle) to not have to slow down, much less stop, until we reach the racetrack at Indiana, that is how smooth traffic generally flows in these parts. This part of Indiana is generally unremarkable. There is little to remark on, because there is little to see. On our drive down to Lexington from Boston we drove through West Virginia for a couple of hours. Well that was a couple of hours of looking at nothing but rolling hills densely covered in trees. Indiana is a bit like...
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We’ve seen the future of racing.

IN THIS ISSUE of Gallop Magazine you can read our article about racing in Hong Kong. If you get the feeling that we liked what we saw, you are very right! Where racing in many countries fights against conservatism and ”we’ve always done it this way,” Hong Kong just does its own thing and thinks outside every possible box. The result is sold out race days and people standing in line begging to become owners. It’s not just a money thing. It’s how they have created an atmosphere that everybody wants to be a part of, be it the high rollers or the lads out to have a beer with their mates. If you’ve never been to racing—Hong Kong is the place to go. And if you’ve been to races all your life—Hong Kong is definitely the place to go. Read the article and get an idea! Also-—Breeders’ Cup is coming up. For Americans this is the epicenter of racing, but for many of us from other parts of the world, the story of this massive event is not so well known. Read Amanda Duckworth’s story and watch the Breeders’ feeling like an insider. Also bear in mind that all in racing has not always been what it seems. Geir Stabell’s story ”Mistaken Identities” makes for some fascinating reading. As always-—we hope you’ll enjoy reading the magazine as much as we have enjoyed making it! Publisher & Editorial Director
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Is it a horse? Is it a lamp?

THE HORSE LAMP by Swedish design trio Front for dutch company Moooi is already a classic. Standing 2,4 meters tall it is as Moooi says “a touch of nature in fairytale style and genuine madness”. A piece of furniture to fall in love with at first sight or hate forever. About €4.000 or $5.300 www.moooi.com
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Blanton’s

Single Malts may be delicate, but many of us racing folks have a little extra feeling for Kentucky Bourbon. Not least if it comes from Blanton’s which have the good taste of fitting their corks with miniature metal race horses! There are eight different designs. When placed in order, spelling ”B L A N T O N’ S” (look behind the hind hooves for a letter), the horse and jockey’s poses display different scenes of a horse race, from standing at the gate, to crossing the finish line with a win. www.blantonsbourbon.com
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