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Pie In The Sky

Once again this year the Melbourne Racing Club have decided to split the usual Underwood Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes meeting into two weeks, with the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes now being run next Sunday after the Grand Final.

Which means that the Underwood Stakes is Free Family Entertainment Day again, with a swag of activities for the kids on the front lawn.

Of course, we will be there bright and early to be first in the queue for face painting.

Then it is off for a quick 9 holes of mini-golf, before exterting our dominance on the jumping castle.

After that, we will be attempting to be the first person to win the Stylish Gentleman fashions on the field - with extra stylish lion face paint. Prowling the catwalk like the King of Jungle Fashion. ROAR !

The Melbourne Racing Club are deeply committed to getting crowds back to the races and after consulting the experts in the field and doing an in-depth cost-benefit analysis they have developed a 5 year plan - mainly based around party pies.

Three party pies for $1.50 in the public, or three for 99 cents in the members (make sure you get the 1 cent change though).

In the up coming weeks, representatives from the Melbourne Racing Club will also be flying to the troubled economies of Spain, Portugal and Greece to advise them how they too can initiate thier own party pie led economic recovery. The Eurozone crisis will not be as easy to solve though and serious and complex issues will need to be resolved regards where all the tomato sauce is going to come from.

Check out the details of the free family activities on Underwood Stakes Day.

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We have to admit the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes meeting used to be our favourite meeting of the year.

Between the Guineas Preludes, the Underwood, the always highly competitive Rupert Clarke and the mad scramble for Caulfield Cup selection in the Naturalism it was always a magnificent days racing. Best of all - great racing before the mad crowds and prices of spring arrive.

So we are not totally convinced that splitting a quality progam over two weeks is really the way to go - same goes for the splitting of Cox Plate Day into a Friday and Saturday.

Although we hear the AFL are thinking about playing the Grand Final over two weeks, with the first and the third quarters being played the first week and the second and final quarters the following week - which means two goes at the pre-match entertainment.

Or maybe we just hate the split meetings cause it creates more work for us ?

So, next week we will attempt to cover both the Bill Stutt Stakes on the Friday night, and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on the Sunday, but preference will be given to the Caulfield meeting.

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