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21 October 2017

The Caulfield Cup

We're sitting here in the press room at Caulfield, with another 35 minutes to wait until race 1.  Today is Caulfield Cup Day.  I've always liked the Caulfield Cup.  I used to read my Uncle Murray's book on the race religiously and today will be the 22nd time I have photographed the race.  The first time I did the race was in 1995 and the only one I've ever missed was in 2005, the year Jessica was little.

One of the things I like about Cup Day is the placement of the rail.  It's out 6m and sometimes this can be awkward but somehow at Caulfield having the rail out that distance makes the track look nicer and changes the angle in subtle ways which makes any jubilation post race look really terrific.

This year feels special because we have this wonderful champion Winx racing and striving to become only the 2nd horse in history to win a 3rd Cox Plate next weekend at Moonee Valley.  Occasions like this cause you to reflect on past races and great horses over time and makes me glad to be a thoroughbred photographer.