My Nan, dad's mother, also passed away on my father's birthday (April 8th) back in 1983
|"The Goondiwindi Grey"|
The Finishing Post: Goondiwindi Grey?
I was wondering on the morning of April 8th if anything was going to happen that day to remind me of my father, where I would be left scratching my head thinking it was more than a coincidence.
I wasn't really thinking in horse racing terms though, as I don't follow the ponies anymore, except on Melbourne Cup day in November each year for "the race that stops a nation".
I went to the movies Saturday afternoon to see two movies which I wrote about here -
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
So I didn't see any news stories until I got out of the second movie and the first news story I saw was this -
|Jumbo Prince (inside) and Col 'n' Lil deadheat in the Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba.|
My Nan died April 8th, 1983, 21 days before her favourite race horse, Gunsynd.
The weird thing also was that the number 8 horse was named 'Col n Lil' and while I don't know any Col, my Grandmother on my mother's side was named Lillian, but was often called Lil.
And this was the first time that there has ever been a dead-heat in the Toowoomba Cup.
And while the Toowoomba Cup result put a smile on my face, it turned out to be a dark day for horse racing on April 8th in other parts of the country.
|James Doyle is briefly upright after he and Almoonqith came down heavily.|
Sydney Cup abandoned mid-race after chaos on first lap
And a jockey with the same first name as me was killed in another race fall in New South Wales.NSW jockey Darren Jones killed in three-horse fall during Warialda Sprint
I should have known it was going to be a bizarre day soon as I left my unit complex, as I was trying to remind myself to head to the ATM near a Subway sandwich shop to get some cash out for the movies and as I'm pulling out of the driveway I hear Ryan Girdler on the local MMM radio station say I'm just going to "subway" into this, instead of saying "segway" into this and then I saw a car on the road in front of me with the letters SUB *** in that order on its number-plate.
My favourite race horse was named Subzero and I won the most I ever have in one race when Subzero won the Melbourne Cup.
Subzero was a grey horse that won the Melbourne Cup with #8 on its saddle-cloth.
I think I'll remember this April 8th for sometime to come.