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<a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/better-loosen-up/" title="More about Better Loosen Up...">Better Loosen Up</a> (BLU) celebrated the 20th anniversary of his Turnbull Stakes today (Saturday, 6 October 2012) as a special guest of the Victoria Racing Club at Flemington racecourse. While the weather was a bit wet and windy BLU added extra special sparkle to the day for racing fans young and not so young alike. Check out this photo gallery to see BLU soak up the atmosphere of the day while he caught up with old friends including David Hayes, Tony McEvoy and owner Luke Kuomi, as well as making new friends such as 9 month old Archer Lane.
<a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/paris-lane/" title="More about Paris Lane...">Paris Lane</a> was guest of honour at Flemington’s Sofitel Girls’ Day Out 2012 yesterday, Saturday 8 September 2012. As shown in the attached gallery Percy, as he is affectionately known, enjoyed his day out soaking up the atmosphere at the famous racecourse where he won the Mackinnon Stakes and ran second in the 1994 Melbourne Cup.
It was horse power of a different kind that visited Living Legends as a part of the Audi/Inglis Drive Day, September 2012. Better Loosen Up (BLU) was special host for the day with the visitors enjoying all that Living Legends has to offer, including Devonshire Tea in the homestead before meeting the legends themselves.
Living Legends jump for joy with huge congratulations to connections of Black Caviar (Victoria’s Racehorse of the Year and TVN Most Memorable Moment), Peter Moody (Hoysted Medal Winner, Victorian Trainer of the Year) , Luke Nolen (Scobie Breasley Medal Winner) and Steve Pateman (Tommy Corrigan Medal Winner) at the 2011-12 Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Awards, Sunday 12 August 2012.
Zavite recently arrived as our latest legend. Zavite won 11 races from 67 starts with victories in the Ranvet Stakes and The Queen Elizabeth in Sydney, The Auckland Cup in New Zealand, The Adelaide Cup in South Australia, The Launceston Cup in Tasmania and The Moonee Valley Night Cup and The Australia Day Cup in Victoria. After an initial settling in period we moved Zavite in with Might and Power.
Congratulations to dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey Jim Cassidy who was inducted into the Australian Horseracing Hall of Fame last Friday 13 April 2012. Timely to check out how “Pumper” feels about Might and Power in this album which shows photos from the Living Legends’ opening day in 2006. Photos by Sam D'Agostino of SDP Photo. Ph: +61 412 350 700.
It was a special day for Jess Neil, Regal Roller’s number one fan last Thursday 5 April 2012. Jess’s mum Karen worked at trainer Ross McDonald racing stables when Regal Roller was racing. Karen used to bring a young Jess to the stables regularly and the first horse that Jess sat on was the gentlemanly Regal Roller.
Better Loosen Up (BLU) thoroughly enjoyed his day out at Flemington as special guest for Super Saturday, 10 March 2012. Check out these photos to see BLU soaking up the brilliant sunshine, smelling and eating the roses and catching up with his many fans on the 21st anniversary of his Australian Cup victory.
Living Legends elder statesman Better Loosen Up (BLU) returns to Flemington tomorrow, Saturday 10 March 2012, as special guest of the VRC to celebrate the 21st anniversary of his Australian Cup victory in 1991. While BLU is not one of the best looking racehorses to step on to the racetrack, he was all heart when it come to winning races including the Cox Plate and the Japan Cup. At Living Legends BLU's heart of gold continues to touch visitors young and old to Living Legends on a daily basis, as highlighted in the attached photos.
Fields of Omagh (FOO) finished his official duties in Tasmania this week with his guest appearance at the Launceston Cup on Wednesday 29 February 2012. FOO enjoyed his day catching up with old friends such as Victoria's retired Chief Steward Des Gleeson while making many new fans along the way as highlighted in these photos.
<a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/better-loosen-up/" title="More about Better Loosen Up...">Better Loosen Up</a> was star of the show when conference and function organizers from China, India, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and South Africa visited Living Legends last Sunday 19 February 2012. Our close proximity to the airport, historic homestead, beautiful gardens and surrounding parklands (with kangaroos) makes Living Legends an ideal function and conference facility especially for international visitors looking for a unique Australian experience. Where else in the world can you wander down and have your photo taken with a Legend of the turf during a lunch or tea break.
<a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/apache-cat/" title="More about Apache Cat...">Apache Cat</a> and <a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/rogan-josh/" title="More about Rogan Josh...">Rogan Josh</a> had a busy day meeting and greeting fans at the 150th Colac Cup meeting last Sunday, 26 February 2012.
There has been a surge in interest in Australian horse racing in France following the recent victories of Americain and Dunaden in the Melbourne Cup. French TV journalist and documentary producer Clelia Moncorge recently visited Living Legends to produce one of a series of documentaries on horse racing in Victoria for Equidia, a French TV Channel dedicated totally to the horse. Check out these photos taken by Gregory Mereau one of the team who visited on the day. February 2012.
Apache Cat and Silent Witness were on hand at Flemington yesterday, Saturday 18 February 2012, to watch Black Caviar win her 19th straight race in the Lightning Stakes. Shari was leading Apache Cat and noticed early in the day that he had his eye on one particular special lady, and sure enough it was Black Caviar.
Check out these photos of Living Legends champion sprinters <a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/apache-cat/" title="More about Apache Cat...">Apache Cat</a> and <a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/silent-witness/" title="More about Silent Witness...">Silent Witness</a> who joined in with the carnival atmosphere at Caulfield Racecourse last Saturday 11 February 2012 to see Black Caviar achieve her 18th straight victory breaking Silent Witness' streak of 17 wins.
Fields of Omagh (FOO) had a good trip across to Tasmania thanks to <a href="http://www.tashorsetransport.com.au" target="_blank">Tasmanian Horse Transport</a>. These photos show him unloading at Carol And Tony Buissinks' property where he will have a couple of quiet days before heading to Salamanca Market on Saturday morning 11 February 2012 and the Hobart Cup on Sunday 12 February 2012.
Francesca Cumani, British racing personality, visited Living Legends in January 2012 on her way back to England after spending a week in Queensland at the Magic Millions Sales. Check out the photos of Francesca with <a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/bullish-luck/" title="More about Bullish Luck...">Bullish Luck</a> which highlight Francesca's affinity with horses.
The Boys' biggest outing of the year! <a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/might-and-power/" title="More about Might and Power...">Might and Power</a>, <a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/fields-of-omagh/" title="More about Fields of Omagh...">Fields of Omagh</a> and <a href="http://www.livinglegends.org.au/our-legends/better-loosen-up/" title="More about Better Loosen Up...">Better Loosen Up</a> attended the 2009 Cox Plate racing meeting on Saturday 24 October 2009.
In October 2009, in the lead-up to the 10th Anniversary of his Melbourne Cup victory, Rogan Josh visited Port Melbourne Beach where he rubbed shoulders with Spring Carnival first timer, City Homicide's Nadia Townsend, for a photoshoot for the Sunday Herald Sun. It was a revisit to the beach for Rogan Josh where he did some of his preparation for the 1999 Melbourne Cup. Rogan Josh's trainer, Bart Cummings, often takes horses to Altona Beach for race preparation. As you can see, Josh enjoyed his visit to the beach, including a stroll in the water and a good roll in the sand after his celebrity photoshoot.
On hearing that Silent Witness was to be retired to Living Legends, Japanese photographer Tomoya Moriuchi contacted CEO Dr Andrew Clarke offering to provide photographs of the great horse free of charge. Tomoya was present at all 18 of Silent Witness' victories and has provided this photo gallery for everyone's enjoyment.