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The Favourite by sealle The Favourite by sealle
Shown: So You Think (NZ) in the mounting yard before the 2010 running of the Melbourne Cup.

This horse just captivated me. My first race horse love was Might and Power, and since then no race horse had really captured my love and imagination quite like him until Think. I had followed his season campaign and was over the moon that i would be flying up to see him race for the cup in person. He seemed unreal, something out of my daydreams and more than just a talented athlete. I had lurked around the stables as much as i could before, and had elbowed and weaved my way to the rail of the mounting yard in the hopes of seeing him up close. He seemed to know that the cheers and roaring of the crowd was for him. He was going in as the favourite, the two time Cox Plate winner. Sadly today would not be the day he claimed the race that stopped the nation. He would fight valiantly but fade before the might of the french horse Americain. However he didn't know that, and in this moment he was the champion, the king, the favourite.



Note: All the images from this day were sadly rather grainy, weak lighting, an older camera and a lack of experience at that point contributed. Looking back i really wish i knew then what i do now, but it cant be helped and i love these images anyway.

Image (c) Frances Harper
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scaramouche2802 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Gah he so gorgeous
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sealle Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
SO PRETTY!!!!!!
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
ebvpwiebvpwieubvpiwbuvpiwubpeiub. Love it, Fran. :hug:
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sealle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
:heart: Thanks Penny! I still cant get over this boys charisma.
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
He's so gorgeous. I'm so jealous you got to see him. :faint:  It's a great shot too, Franny.  Were you there on assignment?
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sealle Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
He is stunning. I wish i had known what i do now back then, but i really loved this shot. Even though it is rather grainy. 

I was just there for fun with the family, though i spent most of the day with my face behind my camera trying to get as many photos as i could. I was watching the photographers with press passes with complete envy though. They would occasionally block my view or to my annoyance walk into my shot. But they had the most amazing access to the horses and the ability to get amazing photos themselves. It really was something that made me really aspire to get better so perhaps one day i could be in there!
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Azolio Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
my lord....that forelock though....
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sealle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
RIGHT! so handsome!
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Krispz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now That is one hunk of horse 
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sealle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I love him to bits! sadly he didn't do so well over in the UK, but now he just needs to make lots of pretty babies!
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