LATEST NEWS - 13/9/2012.
Everything is going really well. The new casting is excellent, tourists are on the move coming to look and learn about Malua and our bank account is out of the red.
Deloraine is rightly proud of Malua, bred at "Calstock" at Deloraine. To publicise the story I am using TASJAZZ web site so that there is access to the story on the internet.
The book will make a great present at $22
posted - just
email me to order - Geoff
Here is a picture which has made a good
postcard for sale
(or YOU) and you could even use them as Christmas cards.
THE UNVEILING OF THE BRONZE
LATEST - The rear pictorial wall is now complete and the statue looks great. At left a small part of the 200 present. The photo at right shows many of the descendants of the owner families except for me (3rd from left). Photo by Peter Flight
We already have a sort of Malua Club and it can loosely continue as things of common interest occur.
THE MALUA STORY
No more artist impressions
the real Malua Wall as at 12/4/2010.
pictures done in tiles look great.
Meander Valley Council has contributed around $25,000 to the project but it is a real attraction to their Visitor Centre and over many years they will receive much benefit from what we have done.
GREATEST RACE NEVER RUN - MALUA IN FIELD
- (results below)
Somewhere between race five and six, the Greatest Cup Never Run will pit 24 of the winners of the 149 Melbourne Cups run so far in a digitally animated race.
And bringing these horses back to life has been a massive task. According to Ralph Simpson, Boags brand director at brewer Lion Nathan, whose largesse is responsible for bringing the project to life (they paid for the film and have bought the eight minutes of air time on Channel Seven during which it will run), it all began with a book written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Cup.
Advertisement: Story continues below ''At the same time, and quite independently, we were looking at the idea of the greatest race ever,'' Simpson says. ''And in talking to the Victoria Racing Club, they said, 'Well, actually, our chief handicapper has done the work on that already.' ''
VRC's chief handicapper, Greg Carpenter, said he was asked to write a chapter for the book explaining the process he undertakes each year and, from there, go through the 149 races and selected the 24 best winners. ''It was an extraordinarily difficult task,'' says Carpenter. With his field of 24 selected, the next step was to think through how an actual race between them might have played out.
First, Carpenter ranked them in order, and assigned each horse a handicap based on its race record, just as he has done at every Melbourne Cup for the past six years (the chief handicapper post is, he says, tightly held; in 150 years, there have been just nine people in the job).
Next, the VRC conducted a barrier draw based on those assigned handicaps.
Finally, the VRC selected a panel of 20 racing experts, including Carpenter, to look at the field, the weights and the barriers, predict who would finish first and then put them in order all the way to 24. (Punters will be glad to know there was neither rain nor scratchings in this race.)
There was no communication between the experts; Carpenter says he doesn't even know who the others were.
Their predictions were tabulated, and the number-crunching produced a finishing order that formed the basis of the race that was created by Sydney digital effects company Post Modern. ''The VRC effectively wrote us a script,'' says creative director Richard Swan. ''At every 200-metre mark, they determined where the horses were in the pack, whether they were hugging the rails, moving on the outside or whatever. Then we had to build the in-between scenes.''
Digital animation is a time-consuming process, but Swan and his team had only two months to create eight minutes of footage, including mounting yards, crowd scenes and the winning enclosure as well as the race itself. ''That would normally be long enough to create a one-minute commercial,'' he says.
The result of this race is a tightly guarded secret, in part because of all the spinoff competitions the sponsor is running. But there's one certainty: once it is run, the arguments will continue. ''There's no mathematical formula we've used here,'' says Carpenter. ''Handicapping remains what I call an imprecise science. Ultimately, one of the overriding factors is personal judgment.''
GREATEST CUP NEVER RUN - field (results below)
2. CARBINE Walter Hickenbotham - Bob Ramage - 16 - 59kg
3. MAKYBE DIVA - Lee Freedman - Glen Boss - 14 - 58kg
4. PETER PAN - Frank McGrath - Darby Munro - 13 -
5. GALILEE - Bart Cummings - John Miller - 1 - 57.5kg
6. POSEIDON - Ike Earnshaw - Tom Clayton - 3 - 57.5kg
7. RISING FAST - Ivan Tucker - Jack Purtell - 11 - 57kg
8. RAIN LOVER - Mick Robins - Jim Johnson - 7 - 56kg
9. COMIC COURT - Jim Cummings - Pat Glennon - 24 -
10. GRAND FLANEUR - Tom Brown - Tom Hales - 4 - 55.5kg
11. MIGHT AND POWER - Jack Denham - Jim Cassidy
12 - 55kg
12. ARCHER - Etienne De Mestre - Johnny Cutts - 22
13. VINTAGE CROP - Dermot Weld - Michael Kinane - 10 -
14. DELTA - Maurice McCarten - Neville Selwood - 9 -
15. MALUA -
- Alick Robertson - 17 - 53.5kg
16. NIGHTMARCH - Alex McAulay - Roy Reed - 5 - 53.5kg
17. POITREL - Harry Robinson - Ken Bracken - 20 - 53.5kg
18. SAINTLY - Bart Cummings - Darren Beadman - 2 - 53kg
19. THE BARB - John Tait - William Davis - 18 - 53kg
20. DALRAY - Clarrie McCarthy - Bill Williamson - 19 -
21. HALL MARK - Jack Holt - Jack O'Sullivan - 23 -
22. LIGHT FINGERS - Bart Cummings - Roy Higgins - 15 -
23. DORIEMUS - Lee Freedman - Damien Oliver - 6 - 52kg
24. THINK BIG - Bart Cummings - Harry White - 8 - 52kg
RESULTS Guess what?
The first four heaviest weighted horses finished in precisely that
The judges have gone with
the handicapper, but those 4 horses are hard to argue with as results.
However, I happen to know that Malua trained with Carbine prior to Carbine's Cup, and Malua was able to beat the younger champ.
Donations are TAX
to hear what MACCA (ABC) thought of MALUA
At left is 1st clay sculpting ready for refining. It took me 5 months
emails to and from
- from The Illustrated Australian News
He is included in the field above for the Greatest Cup Never Run.