Picnic In The Park | Horse Of The Month December 2017
Picnic In The Park - Horse Of The Month December 2017
Choosing a bestsfree.co.au Horse of the Month for December is something akin to asking a five-year-old boy to choose between socks and underwear as a Boxing Day gift.
No matter which he picks, he loses.
Not much is happening on the racecourses of Australia during December. Oh, there is racing, to be sure, but all the prime Horse of the Month candidates are vacationing in the tropics, busy with holiday plans, or simply standing around be admired.
Therefore, since we are completely arbitrary with our Horse of the Month picks and in a little bit of a festive move, we are happy to announce that our selection for the betsfree.com.au horse of the month is Picnic In The Park.
Picnic In The Park is currently number three on the all-time list for consecutive wins by an Australian horse.
He was foaled in 1979 and would be 38 years old now, assuming he is still alive, which is an assumption of some measure.
What we learned in the course of studying Australian thoroughbred winning streaks was that his 21 were all in one season, and that he had the 22nd all but won, when leading by eight lengths, he broke down badly.
He won only $33,000 for that remarkable streak, so obviously, even allowing for the growth of prizemoney, Picnic In The Park was not winning Cox Plates and Melbourne Cups. He was busy racing on country tracks, such as Rockhampton, just to earn his keep.
He began in Sydney, but went north to do his racing in Queensland. He was trained by Malcolm Raabe and all his wins came in the 1984 – 85 season. We should mention that another horse, Top Ace equaled the feat, but maybe we will save him for next December.
Picnic In The Park has another remarkable accomplishment to his credit.
He was the last horse to win two races in one day at a TAB meeting in Queensland at Gold Coast.
Just imagine the hue and cry the animal rights activists would raise were Chris Waller to announce that Winx was going to run twice in one day, rather than twice in one month, as has been the pattern for the mighty mare.
So far as pedigree is concerned, Picnic In The Park had impressive lines. He was mostly of North American extraction, with plenty of that good Irish blood in him. He was by Great Britain’s Lunchtime from Australia’s Tod Lass. The sire of Tod Lass was Todman, the multiple Group 1 winner, but for the detail that when Todman was doing his racing, Group 1 races did not yet exist.
The next time you are asked to name one of the two horses that won 21 consecutive races in one season, feel free to use as your answer, Picnic In The Park, the betsfree.com.au December 2017 Horse of the Month.