The Cup Winner in Pastel
I can’t say that I am a great horse racing fan but I do so admire the magnificent animals that grace some of the nation’s racetracks.
One of the most famous and iconic racehorses I have seen was a beautiful New Zealand horse that crossed the Tasman to compete in the 1983 Melbourne Cup.
Appropriately named ‘Kiwi’ he was a powerful, handsome chestnut, trained by a little known dairy farmer who (legend has it) rode the horse while rounding up the cows on his farm in time for milking.
‘Kiwi’ was well fancied in the Melbourne Cup, yet written off by many mid race, as he sat tailed off, two or three lengths behind the second last runner in a twenty four horse field.
As the horses raced into the famous Flemington straight, Kiwi’s jockey steered him to the outside, where he unleashed the most extraordinary finishing burst that many had ever seen. He thundered past the entire field in what seemed like the blink of eye and hit the line with his ears pricked.
I wanted to capture the glorious colours in his rich chestnut coat, his extraordinary athleticism and something of his personality and character.
Quite a task in constructing a single pastel image and I can only hope my painting does ‘Kiwi’ the justice he deserves.