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Darren J. Ray

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Every year on the first Tuesday in November, the whole nation of Australia stops to witness one of the most prestigious and richest horse races in the world - the Melbourne Cup.

Claiming to be an entertainer, I'm regularly booked to play on this day at a function which is all about ladies fashion, silly hats and betting, in that order.

I'd always wondered what songs to play that'd give it that Melbourne Cup flavour.

10 years ago, I hit upon the ingenious idea of only doing songs about horses!

But, quite frankly, off the top of my head, how many of those were there?

Let's see....'Horse With No Name' (America), 'Wild Horses' (Susan Boyle) & 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' (Racing Cars).

That would make for a cosy 10 minutes or so.

Then I put my jockey's cap on and came up with at least 25 other titles.

I've entered four of them in this week's race.

Finding a Brian or Beach Boys song about a horse is a task, but there are a couple.

Later in the week, I'll unveil the equine songs that were left in the mounting yard.

I’ll wager you can think of some of them and suggest others.

(No cheating!)


Five years ago, we also celebrated Cup Day.

The quadfecta from that race meeting was:

Cup winner - (Blame It) On the Pony Express (Johnny Johnson and His Bandwagon - 1970) (66)



2nd place - Wildfire (Michael Murphey - 1975) (55.5)


3rd place - Run for the Roses (Dan Fogelberg - 1981) (50)


Also-ran - Long Tall Texan (The Beach Boys - 1964) (38.5)



‘Run for the Roses’ finished in 6th place in the Bronze Play-Off.


The field has been selected for this week’s feature race.

It includes an untried novice at long odds, a maiden filly, a second up owned by a syndicate with strong family connections, and an unbackable favourite.

Trainer Brian Wilson has a track record of more winners than Bart Cummings. His entry this week has to be the shortest priced pre-race favourite since Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup at 11/8 odds on way back in 1930.

But, just last year, Prince of Penzance became only the fourth winner in the 155th running of the Cup to win at 100/1, ridden by Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the race.


The card reads:

I Am Pegasus (Ross Ryan - 1974)


Pony (Kasey Chambers - 2004)


Crazy Horses (The Osmonds - 1972)
(for all but US punters)
(for US punters)

Cabin Essence (The Beach Boys - 1966 & 1968/2011)



So please study the form guide and place your bets. You have several days in which to do so.

Whilst the record Melbourne Cup winning time stands at 3 mins 16.3 seconds (Kingston Rule in 1990), I anticipate this race lasting seven days.

Let's see who is first past the post and who gets pipped at the post.

Will we have a photo finish?

Or will it be a one horse race?

Is there a dark horse?

Will there be a bolter?

Who were the late scratchings?

How many horse racing references can I possibly pack into one week?

I hope there won't be a protest.

I have my own pre-race favourite but won't reveal which horse I'm riding home until the race is nearly run.

We’re all clear.

They're at the starter's gate....RACING!

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bonnie bella

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Horses!

I'm placing a couple of bets tomorrow.  Sad to see Michelle won't be riding again this year.

Bring it on!


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Hay! Another week to pony up! Before I vote my oats, here's a couple sugar lumps:

First, a mudder from the Rolling Stones....Wild Horses


And a colt from the Beatles....I Dig a Pony (alt version):


Plus one that soars....The Hollies...Pegasus

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This was actually pretty easy to score.  There is a clear winner by about 1,000 lengths.  Like if lapping in a horse race was doable... ... ...Even in a greyhound race our GOLDEN champion would be 'lapping' up the competition's water.

Gold...Beach Boys.  Cabin Essence is one of my all time top 4 Beach Boys songs...and it can actually sit anywhere from 1 - 4 depending on my mood and the day.  As a matter of fact I would give it all 4 positions here in this weeks 'battle' in order to give it all 10 points but I'm sure there's a rule which doesn't allow for that.  If there is no such rule that would be "my final answer." [wink]

Then way down the list in a distant 2nd... ... ...

Silver...Kacey Chambers.  I've never heard this song before.  Shame.  It's a goodie.  Cool and unique voice.  It's got a decent 'groove' to it.  I like it.  But compared to "Gold"...this week it's a minor leaguer playing in the majors.

Bronze.  I went to a college/university radio convention hosted by RCA back in the winter of '71/'72.  They fired on this song and after it had played asked if anyone in attendance knew who the heck it was.  NO ONE did.  We had all been previously poisoned by the lack-lustre/whimpy-assed sound of the Osmonds ...and for long enough... that we were too 'blind' to expect that they had the diversity of talent to give us one like this or like their subsequent release Down by the Lazy River.  Little Jimmy would spoil it with that turd known as 'I'm a Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool'.  [and then there was Marie. [rolleyes]]

Tin in the Bin...  What's his name/who's his arse?  Ross?  What's that device they use in this day and age to fix the sound of the singing?  Auto-tune?  This poor boy could use a BIT of that.  He ain't way off...but he IS off.  Poorly produced as well.  A solid and dead last.  Not just for this week but, in fact, for most weeks.  Not worthy.





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Lee Marshall

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By the way...as an aside...I'm not sure why it would take 7 days for anyone to figure this out.  1 + 1 is 2 and 1 + 1 = 17 is always wrong.  I know it now and it'll still be wrong this coming Sunday...unless 1 of the 1's was 'halloweening' it up as a 16.

By the way... ... ...the top 4 Beach Boy songs FOR ME...ever?

Good Vibrations...
Cabin Essence...
Time to Get Alone...
God Only knows...

#5?  There are dozens upon dozens which can claim that one...depending... ... ...
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I'm with Lee on the voting:

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- Bringing 20/20 home and getting 4 1/2 minutes (two pieces) of Smile

Silver -- Kasey Chambers -- Nice one

Bronze -- The Osmonds -- Odd one

Tin -- Ross Ryan -- I knew Pegasus. Pegasus was a friend of mine. He's not Pegasus.


The Oh Hellos, "Pale White Horse", Dear Wormwood, 2015



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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks, bonnie. Yep, that was our Season II Week 37 Cup winner!

Thanks, t.

Both ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Dig a Pony’ are on that list of mine, too.

Although I must say I’m enamoured with the SuBo version of ‘Wild Horses’ and consider it way superior to the Stones’ version.

It was the opening track and second single from her brilliant album, I Dreamed a Dream (below). It became the biggest selling debut album ever in the UK and #1 all around the world, including the US. 

Maybe you bought a copy(?)

I encourage you to take a listen and check out the comments.



Image result for susan boyle

I thought one of the girls in my show looked like a young Susan Boyle and I used to regularly draw the comparison to our audience’s attention.

Unfortunately, the young lady eventually left our show after suffering a nervous breakdown. 

 
We have an early front runner in the Cup. 

One should remember that front runners rarely get up.

Two early punters, Lee and Larry, both claim 'I Am Pegasus' is lame, blowing out its odds.

Ross Ryan has supported Roy Orbison, Helen Reddy, Roberta Flack, Roger Miller and the Hollies, amongst others.

Wiki describes him thus: Ross is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest Australian artists ever, and continues to tour and influence a new generation of up-and-coming musicians.

Here is another of his hits, once again produced by the great Peter Dawkins.  

(Blue Chevrolet Ballerina - Ross Ryan, 1975)
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Cabin Essence is a great track but I would only play the whole album ....doubt I would ever just pick up the CD and just select that 1 track . Crazy Horses has always been a favourite so 

My votes :

Gold: Osmonds
Silver: BBs
Bronze:Kasey
Tin:Ross





Never heard this vocal version of the 1968 instrumental track before :

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Checking the revamped program for today's race card...of which there is but 1 feature race...Track Announcer Darren J. has shone further 'Rays' of light on one of the candidates for the glue factory...in fact the most likely to succeed in that specific regard...  and I quote...

"Ross Ryan has supported Roy Orbison, Helen Reddy, Roberta Flack, Roger Miller and the Hollies, amongst others.
Wiki describes him thus: Ross is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest Australian artists ever, and continues to tour and influence a new generation of up-and-coming musicians.
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When the time comes when information rises to suggest that Roy, Helen, Roberta, Roger and the Hollies instead supported good old Ross I'll be much more likely to take notice and then ...quickly wonder why.  As it currently sits...it makes way more sense...given the song and all.  I think this guy follows along shortly after Rolf Harris on the "greatest' list.  I can think of some Canadian artists who somehow enjoyed some success elsewhere who weren't REALLY 'all that' either.  Jack Scott for example.  If you don't make it out of your own country...chances are that your talents are a national treasure AND SECRET for a reason.
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Just listened to BCB.  It IS an improvement although I can still hear that voice occasionally JUST missing a note here and there so I wonder how MANY takes it all took before they settled for this one.  The 'prod' is marginally better as well... ...but still off a touch in terms, at the least, of the mix.

Perhaps this Ross fella was a bit of an inspiration for Al Stewart?  [Year of the Cat/On The Border/Time Passages]  Al must have thought 'well if ol' Ross can make it with that wavering sound of his...maybe I can too'?  [for a very short while]

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Correction. I didn't say "I Am Pegasus" is lame. Pegasus was a supernatural being, the equine son of Poseidon and Medusa. Mr. Ross may be a fine singer, but I doubt he's god-like. I was able to vote quickly because it was obvious I prefer the other songs in the order I gave.

If it were necessary to listen to each song in the Battle several times before voting, I'd stop voting, because life is too short to waste on songs I don't want to hear more of.
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Note: According to Wikipedia, Mr. Ross is originally from Kansas and "I Am Pegasus" reached #9 on one of the Australian charts circa 1973.

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Ah, this week is making me want to put the whip down on my favourite more than once!

Larry, never put your money on a grey horse!  Look at Pegasus, he's at the back of the pack already.



If anyone is keen to see some lovely long legs, check out that three-beat gait.  Phwoar!  [wink]


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Here#s a couple of obvious ones:



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Horses, races and ponies and some essence - let's see:
Sir George Jones takes the lead:

The Watsons ride the Tennessee Stud - love it:

Dan Fogelberg does a beauty:

Rickie Lee does a good one:

The lullaby - I know it by Kenny Loggins, but like this - All The Pretty Little Ponies:

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The short priced favourite 'Cabin Essence' has hit the board running. 

'Pony' and 'Crazy Horses' are going neck and neck. 

Even at this early stage of the race, it appears punters can write their own ticket on the rank outsider 'I Am Pegasus'. 


Thanks for the votes, David. 

'Pony Time' is on my list, David. 

'Ride Your Pony' and 'The Horse' are not. 


'Pegasus' is not on my list, t. Wasn't aware of it.


Nor is 'Pale White Horse', Larry.
 

Same for 'Ride on a Pony', bonnie.
 

John E, 'Dark Horse' is on my list, although I have it listed as 'Dark Hoarse'. 

'Horses' is not. 


Al, I don't have 'The Race is On' or 'The Tennessee Stud' on my list. 

I do have 'The Horses' but Daryl Braithwaite's version. 

It was a big #1 here. And is still really popular. I get asked for it a lot. It bores me and I don't do it. You might dig it, though. 



I also have 'All the Pretty Little Horses' but the Judy Collins version. (Chances are some of you won't be able to view this, courtesy of UMG.)



Of course, 'Run for the Roses' won the Bronze (and made play-offs) when I ran this week in Season II. 

You and I gave it our Gold, along with Cindy Hood and Gillian Barruel. 

Awesome song. One of my favourites ever. 


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#5?  There are dozens upon dozens which can claim that one...depending... ... ... 


I'm picking you as a 'Fun, Fun, Fun' type of guy, Lee. 



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Larry Franz

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Frankie Laine (born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago in 1913) -- not a cowboy

"Rawhide", 1958 



"Riders in the Sky", 1963



Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston in 1937) -- not a cowboy either

"Riders in the Sky", 1963



Neigh.

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