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    Junior Member Weanling PremiumEdition will become famous soon enough
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    Melb Showgrounds

    I was in a discussion recently about the Mobile barrier intro at Melb Showgrounds, I thought it was about 1961, and some of the officials were; Geo Rouse (Starter) Jack Pemberton (Clerk Course) Graham Beer (Mobile barrier driver) Bill Patten (Pick Up Rider) Kevin Smith (Steward) Wally Weight (Chairman) can anybody else weigh in on this ?? Cheers !!

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    Think the first mobiles at the Showgrounds were in 1959/60 season. The original mobile was a Chrysler Wayfarer V8 ute, from memory an AP3 with the stacked headlights. That model was released in 1960, so my money is on 1960.

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    http://www.harnessbred.com/mobile-starting-gate-part-1/

    25th Jan 1958 according to this site.

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    Thanks guys, I can recall a Pale Blue Ford mainline Ute, does that ring any bells ?

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    Down Memory Lane (Showgrounds)

    Just continuing on with yesteryear chats.
    A Pacer dropped dead at the Showgrounds during a race, would I be correct in saying it was Thunder Rock (Howard Craig) another crack 2yo filly Medorina (Albert Gath) was put down after a race fall.
    Also the horse G.D. "Darky" Wilson was driving when he tumbled from the cart never to drive again was the horse he was driving Ed Brigade ?

    Son of Nancy won the last AG Hunter Cup at showgrounds, was Carl O'Dwyer the driver ??

    some answers on those would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PremiumEdition View Post
    Just continuing on with yesteryear chats.
    A Pacer dropped dead at the Showgrounds during a race, would I be correct in saying it was Thunder Rock (Howard Craig) another crack 2yo filly Medorina (Albert Gath) was put down after a race fall.
    Also the horse G.D. "Darky" Wilson was driving when he tumbled from the cart never to drive again was the horse he was driving Ed Brigade ?

    Son of Nancy won the last AG Hunter Cup at showgrounds, was Carl O'Dwyer the driver ??

    some answers on those would be appreciated.

    Neville Welsh drove Son Of Nancy, to win the 1971 A G Hunter Cup with a mile rate of 2.07.6. Trained at Warracknabeal by Malcolm Pyers, the brother of the successful international jockey Bill Pyers

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    1976 was the last Hunter Cup at the Showgrounds, Brian Gath winning on Truant Armagh for Graeme Morgan.

    Ed Brigade was Darky's fateful drive; he was flipped out of the cart at the top of the home straight and spun around a running rail post. As much as we like to remember the "good old days", nobody wants to remember running rails and sulkies pre-wheel discs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Showgrounds View Post
    1976 was the last Hunter Cup at the Showgrounds, Brian Gath winning on Truant Armagh for Graeme Morgan.

    Ed Brigade was Darky's fateful drive; he was flipped out of the cart at the top of the home straight and spun around a running rail post. As much as we like to remember the "good old days", nobody wants to remember running rails and sulkies pre-wheel discs!
    Great call Trevor, far too many career ending injuries before the disks and I have a well earned personal hatred of running rail and their posts, very nearly killed me x 2, when the discussion started to get rid of running rails, I could not air my opinion often or loudly enough.

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    Thanks very much guys, much appreciated.
    I know that Carl O'Dwyer was a part owner with Tom Taylor and driver of a good trotter named Fiery Luck but did he have any connection with a Hunter Cup winner ?

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