Vintage Crop By Dermot Weld Review!


Vintage Crop


Vintage Crop (2009) by Dermot Weld is the true sporting story of the remarkable horse Vintage Crop who became the first horse in1993 from overseas to win the prestigious Melbourne Gold Cup. He was owned by Michael Smurfit and ridden by Mick Kinane. 

The horse was trained by Dermot Weld who went on to win the Cup again with Media Puzzle with another horse he trained Vinnie Roe running very well too on that occasion. This book tells the story of Vintage Crop’s breeding, his host of health problems including a back injury he always had, his early career, later career, his team behind the scenes, his companion at home Bobby, his travel over with Drum Taps and of course his historic win in the race it wasn’t even certain he would get to with all the setbacks in the very tricky travel arrangements getting a horse over from Ireland to Australia. But he prevailed and went down in the history books. The book, which is told from Weld’s point of view as opposed to third person, also tells the story of Weld himself from his veterinary studies and career to his training career. Weld is candid and confident in his telling of the story and it is easy to see how he could pull this off even though there was times he admitted he wasn’t sure he could. 

Then in 2002, best chums Media Puzzle and Vinnie Roe made the journey Vintage Crop had made a good few years before where Media Puzzle won. It was a very emotional win because Media Puzzle’s jockey Damien Oliver had lost his brother Jason in a track accident not long before the race.


The book was a very interesting read with all the stats included on all three horses’ careers and breeding at the back of the book. Engrossing for any racing fans from start to finish.


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Shutthefrontdoor Wins The Irish Grand National At Fairyhouse!

So much I know! 🙂 The Irish Grand National was won today by the favourite Shutthefrontdoor with Meath jockey Barry Geraghty on board.

It is the first time that Geraghty has won the Irish National in his home county despite major success in many prestigious races including his recent win this year aboard Jezki in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham and a Topham Chase win aboard Ma Filleule at Aintree respectively for trainers Jessica Harrington and Nicky Henderson. Both of which I had done. Wish I had today’s too! 🙂

Jonjo O’Neill trained Shutthefrontdoor and Geraghty stood in for the suspended Tony McCoy to win aboard by three-quarters of a length.

O’ Neill said,

“He was in a great position all the way and jumped really well. Everything went right for him. He has done nothing wrong all season. He had a great run at Chelthenham and after that we thought this was the race for him. Plan B didn’t work out too badly! He will have good rest and is hopefully okay and we can look forward to next season. He needed a big leap at the last, he got it and battled on really well.”

While Geraghty said:

“I’ve never even got close so to win it is brilliant. I thought turning in that I would win and then I was outpaced from the second-last, but going to the last I was getting going and I knew he was meeting it on a good stride a long way off. It means an awful lot – it’s brilliant.”

His owner J P McManus said,

“It’s a great race to win. Full marks to Jonjo, Barry and all the team at Jackdaws. It’s an exciting day. It’s disappointing for AP that he’s not here today as I’m sure he would have picked this horse. I wish both of them could have rode it but I feel sorry for AP that he’s not here.”

Congrats to all concerned! 🙂

The top 5 finished as follows:

1. Shutthefrontdoor

2. Golden Wonder (My sis had this horse! It was heartbreaking!)

3. Saoirse Dun

4. Jamsie Hall

5. Folsom Blue 

Love Jamsie Hall and Folsom Blue. My two little pets! 🙂