Moonee Valley

26 Jul

Moonee Valley

Moonee Valley  has  been  a  large  part  of  my  life .  Everyday  when  i  walked  to  school  i  would  take  a  short  cut  through  the  members car park  and  exit  through  a little  gateway in  Thomas  street .  I  even   played  school  sports  in  the  lower  car park  while  attending  Moonee  Ponds  Central  School  , in  years  7  and  8 ,  i  could  also  watch  the  mid  week  races  from  the  science  room  which  was  the  only  classroom  on  the  2nd  level that  didn’t   have  its  windows  blocked .

The  Cox  Plate  is  Moonee  Valley’s  big  race  and  i  started  watching  the  race  on  the  south  side  of  the  track , while  standing  on my   bicycle  handlebars ,  I  can  recall  Strawberry  Roads  win  ,  Kingston  Towns  3wins   but  obviously  his  3rd  as  i  can  still  picture  him  going  backwards  up  past  what  is  now  the  tabaret ,  then  i  heard  an   almighty  roar  and  next  time  i  laid  eyes  on  him  he  was  a  3 time  Cox  Plate  Winner.

The  first  Cox  Plate  i  attended  was  Our  Poetic  Prince’s  win  in  1988  ,  Bonecrusher  ran  3rd  and  the grand  mare  Horlicks  split  them .  Cox  Plate  day  or   any  Moonee  Valley  race  day  always  created  parking   problems  in  the  Moonee  Ponds  area  ,  before  the  introduction  of  parking  permits  when  the  night  trots  first started ,  most  families  in  the  street  would  place  wooden  palings  on  bricks  in  front  of  their  houses to  reserve  a  car  space.

Crowd for the last night of Harness Racing at Moonee Valley

The  future  plans  of  Moonee  Valley  will  mean  a  lot  of  history  will  be  lost  and  new  Legends  will  have  to  be  found  as  the   track will  be  realigned  and  Wilson street  will  have   the  new  grandstand  and  finishing  line.   I  just  hope  they  can recreate  the  cauldron  like  atmosphere  the  the  Old  Moonee  Valley  was  famous  for .

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