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Andrew Lemon

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Andrew Lemon wrote the three-volume History of Australian Thoroughbred Racing (Hardie Grant Books), joint winner of the biennial Australian Society for Sports History book award. A past president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, in 2012 he held a John H. Daniels Research Fellowship at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Virginia, USA.

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Here’s a nice twist: The Best Australia in the Race. I forgot to mention that Australia won the English Derby at Epsom on Saturday – that is, Australia by Galileo (sire of Asto Avalanche) out of English and Irish Oaks winner Ouijah Board. Trained by Aidan O’Brien (his third Derby in a row, his fifth in total), owned by Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, ridden by Aidan’s son Joseph O’Brien – the Coolmore team that used to be behind I Have A Dream before he came to Australia (the country) and turned into Astro Avalanche.

The best horse race and the best ride in Australia

And thanks for the welcome: I’m hoping to write for The Roar from time to time as we move into Spring. Winter is the season for apprentices to shine in metropolitan racing in both Sydney and Melbourne. We saw well-judged wins on Saturday at Moonee Valley by apprentices Kayla Nisbet (on Vain Queen) and Jackie Beriman (on Fast and Free) – and it’s a sign of the times that we are now seeing female jockeys riding well for top trainers such as John Sadler and Mick Price.

The best horse race and the best ride in Australia

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