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Jul 18

Gai time as thousands flock to Melbourne Cup parade

Gai time as thousands flock to Melbourne Cup parade Gai Waterhouse in The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.
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The Melbourne Cup Parade makes its way from the Bourke Street Mall past Flinders Street Station. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

Simon O’Donnell who will have four horses running in the cup, at The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

Damien Oliver with his kids in The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade makes its way from the Bourke Street Mall past Flinders Street Station. Photo: Joe Armao.

Former Age racing reporter Tony Bourke in The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade makes its way from the Bourke Street Mall past Flinders Street Station. Photo: Joe Armao.

Glenn Boss in The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade makes its way from the Bourke Street Mall past Flinders Street Station. Photo: Joe Armao.

The Melbourne Cup Parade makes its way from the Bourke Street Mall past Flinders Street Station. Photo: Joe Armao.

Simon O’Donnell and Gai Waterhouse wish each other all the best in The Melbourne Cup Parade. Photo: Joe Armao.

TweetFacebookNational Velvet, her daughter Stacey and niece Renae Robb, travelled from Forbes in central New South Wales to see the country’s most successful female trainer.

“She’s beautiful and the best horse trainer because she is also a woman,” Velvet Clarke said.

Ms Robb quickly added she wished Waterhouse could come closer for a chat and some inside information.

“I would really like to ask her what she feeds her horses to make them win so well,” Ms Robb said.

Waterhouse completed the parade but left before interviews on the main stage at Federation Square. When leaving she was diverted away from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses protesters.

The group’s spokesman Ward Young called for all horses to have a “retirement plan” and said there should be an end to jumps racing and two-year-old horse racing.

“We don’t want to rain on their parade but we have very limited ways we can raise awareness,” Mr Young said.

However, Des Ryan, who moved to Melbourne recently from South Australia, was angry about the protesters.

“They are ruining other people’s enjoyment,” Mr Ryan said.

“There was one gentleman from China that had to move. We love horses. We have lived on the land and had horses for 37 years but they (the protesters) are a public nuisance,” he said.

Premier Denis Napthine, who has tipped Signoff in the Melbourne Cup, said the industry did have retirement programs for horses. He said some ended up as pets, as breeding horses and commonly competed at the Royal Melbourne Show.

In a rare event, father and son Glyn and Chad Schofield✓will race each other in the Melbourne Cup on French stayer Au Revoir (Glyn) and Mr O’Ceirin. The last time a father and son rode together in the Melbourne Cup was in 1968 when legend George Moore finished 13th on Sandy’s Hope and son Gary piloted Precedent to 22nd in a race won by Rain Lover.

The competitive pair will line up beside each other drawing barriers 17 and 18.

“He’s my dad but like anyone when you step foot on the race track he is just another rival,” Chad Schofield said.

“Every jockey, as soon as the gates are open, you are out there to do your best and that is what we will be out there to do tomorrow.”

As for mother and wife, Tiffany Schofield, she was an unlikely starter to watch the race, the pair agreed.

“She’ll be out back, probably in the toilet, with her fingers in the ears … because Chad keeps falling off,” Glyn Schofield said.

Chad Schofield has had several falls, the most recent in the Moonee Valley Cup.

“Unfortunately mum’s a pretty nervous person by her nature so, like dad said, I’ve had a few tumbles so I think her nerves are shot,” Chad Schofield said.

The Melbourne Cup will run at Flemington at 3pm.

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