The contrasts of Australia and her landscapes are significant, yet we adapt to them readily, whether it’s the fine white sand beaches stretching along much of our coastlines, the red desert sands spreading across the interior, or the rain forests, both temperate and tropical.
The Australian way of life is so often characterised by the coming together of communities over the passionate “life and death” struggles, the creation of national heroes and the intense focus on we all have with sports. Whether it’s swimming, football, tennis or horse racing, the nation stops and the people come together as one. Perhaps once every four years, maybe it’s every year, or possibly each Saturday afternoon, communities large and small observe, participate and acknowledge this fibre of our lives. This fibre that binds our society together adapts to all the varying Australian landscapes and conditions.
Horse racing, while known as the Sport of Kings in “Mother England”, is the sport, and great leveller, of every man and woman in Australia, whether a commercial banker from the big end of town in Sydney, or a rouse-about 200kms west of the small Northern Territory town of Pine Creek, every one is an equal.
To these ends, it can be the first Tuesday in November, when a nation’s eyes are on Melbourne, an outback community is gathered at Pussycat Flats Race Club in Pine Creek for the Pine Creek Cup in May, or the endless morning gallops as thoroughbreds are exercised on our beaches, this is Australia.