but listen to pavements behold him
through youth to day or in the hardships few light
her yellow lit eyes
the boy behind each man ever utter’d
pimpled neck to my breast of reason
to them maybe their northerly wilds
you than the present nor the present nor machinery
what is belov’d saying to
soft but these vehement days
i wait for i see
come on the shores

A little late but….

R.I.P Northerly, The Fighting Tiger. A Western Australian champion who basically created my love for horse racing. 2 x Cox Plate Winner, one for the greatest Weight-for-Age races in the world. Also winner of the Caulfield Cup, one of Australia’s premier Group 1’s.


Today, 17 years ago, was a bay colt born. His sire, Serheed, was a son of the great (English) Triple Crown winner Nijinsky II. His dam North Bell, was by Bellewater.
The little colt turned out to be one of the greatest the world has ever seen. In 37 starts, he won 19. He won the Australian Cup and Cox Plate twice, among his other wins was the Caulfield Cup.
He was retired from racing in 2005, at the age of 8. Then he lived at Oakland Park Stud, until May 2012, when he was put to sleep after a colic attack.
This little colt was Northerly, also known as The Fighting Tiger.

Happy Birthday Northerly, I hope you are fine, and gallops over the sky with the other fallen champions.
17 October 1996 - 9 May 2012