This article about the connection between the Melbourne Cup and Jumps Racing was first published in Bluebloods in September 2015.

Shocking Conformation Pic

Shocking (AUS) at Rich Hill Farm

If we, Australia, want to win our own Cup, we need to support our jumps racing scene. There have been five Melbourne Cup winners since an Australian bred last won it. Prior to that, we won the two previous in succession – Shocking (Street Cry – Maria di Castiglia, by Danehill) and Viewed (Scenic – Lovers Knot, by Khozaam). Rather than succumb to the annual spring journalistic ritual of tearing our hair out in angst that we will “never” see another Australian bred horse win our Cup, let’s perform a little analysis instead. Is there is a way that our Principle Racing Authorities can assist our trainers, owners and breeders in getting closer to a local Melbourne Cup success?

Full article: 201509 Jumps.