Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Minister farewells Western Australia's Melbourne Cup hope

    12/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Racing and Gaming Minister Mark McGowan today farewelled Western Australia’s Melbourne Cup hopeful, Plastered, which will leave Perth tomorrow on an ambitious Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign.

    Mr McGowan said the recently crowned Western Australian horse of the year was nominated to contest the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate and the pinnacle of Australian racing, the Melbourne Cup.

    “Plastered’s slashing win in the Victorian Derby last year has set the horse up on the first line of betting for this year’s Melbourne Cup,” he said.

    “Winning a Melbourne Cup is a huge achievement and Plastered will come up against an extremely experienced and talented international field - none more daunting than the champion mare and two-time Cup winner Makybe Diva.

    “Plastered has been bred to stay and with champion Perth jockey Paul Harvey in the saddle and experienced trainer Lindsey Smith once again in charge of the gelding’s preparation, there is a strong chance the silverware will be coming back to WA.

    “WA racing thrives on its champions and Plastered is set to take over the mantle that Northerly carried with such distinction in recent years.

    “On behalf of all Western Australians, we wish the horse and its connections every success in its Melbourne campaign. My advice to Plastered? - Go you good thing!”

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