It is the line that starts many a bad joke, but there was one time in South Australia that it didn’t end with any long faces.Hall of Fame jockey John Letts has told 891 ABC Adelaide’s Breakfast program about the time a horse walked into a bar in Adelaide — literally. Photo:
An article in The Times, showing Lord Reims at the bar, still has pride of place at the Morphett Arms Hotel. Lord Reims’ Adelaide Cup history1987Jockey: Maree LyndonWeight: 51.5kgTime: 3:30.9Won by three lengths 1988Jockey: Brent ThomsonWeight: 55.5kgTime: 3:27Won by five lengths 1989Jockey: Grant CooksleyWeight: 57kgTime: 3:27Won by four lengths
“Years ago we had a horse here called Lord Reims who won three Adelaide Cups straight,” he said.The New Zealand-bred gelding became known as one of the state’s best stayers after he won the Cup in 1987, 1988 and 1989.Lord Reims was asked to carry the big weight of 57 kilograms in his bid for that third Cup and still beat the field by four lengths.He remains the only three-time winner of the Cup in its 152-year history.”After the race they took him over to the Morphett Arms Hotel, into the bar, and he had a drink,” Letts said.While trainer Cliff Fenwick led Lord Reims into the front bar and offered him a local brew, according to witnesses the horse was a teetotaller. (891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)
“He was a great old horse and they really honoured him by burying him at the Morphettville race track,” Letts said.Lord Reims was actually buried adjacent to the winning post and also had a Group Three race named after him in 2010.”For a horse to be drinking in the bar, at a local hotel, that was something we had never heard of,” Letts said.
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November 03, 2016 11:56:35
Trainer Cliff Fenwick takes Lord Reims into a bar for a celebratory drink. (The Times: Dennis Rogers)