Daryl Braithwaite Promises They Won't Stuff Up 'The Horses' This Year
Daryl Braithwaite’s “The Horses” is a classic.
His rendition of said singalong anthem at last year’s Cox Plate at The Valley racecourse in Melbourne... hmmm, not so much.
Braithwaite has performed at least six times at the Cox Plate -- the Spring Carnival feature which purists consider a superior race to the Melbourne Cup.
The first five times, Dazza went down a treat. But last year’s show wasn’t quite up to scratch. Indeed, to use a bit of racing terminology, it should probably have been scratched.
As Braithwaite warmed up the crowd while champion mare Winx prepared to emulate the great Kingston Town by winning three straight Cox Plates, the Aussie music icon didn’t sound his usual self.
The crowd played its part, belting out the chorus in one beautiful, mostly-drunken voice. But the great man himself and his accompanying band were a bit off. It was probably a little harsh to compare him to the Meatloaf disaster at the 2011 AFL Grand Final, but whoever said social media played fair?
Anyway, the good news is it’ll all be sweet this year. This we know because Dazza just told us in person.
“Hopefully this year, we’ll at our best,” Braithwaite told ten daily.
“The criticism last year was fair, being honest. I don’t want to blame my tools and all that, but we had huge tech problems and things got a bit chaotic just before it started.
“Dare I say, it wasn’t one of our best times out there. But it still went all right.”
In this year’s Cox Plate, to be run on October 17, Winx will try to win the race for an unprecedented fourth straight time. Dazza told us that he’s a huge fan of the super mare who has effectively become Australia's little darlin'.
“I love the way that people have embraced her. I think she gives people so much joy, not just betting on her, but the knowledge that they’re watching one of the best horses ever.”
That got us thinking. What if Dazza did a special version of 'The Horses' with lyrics rewritten for the champ?
Turns out we’re not the first to think of that.
Braithwaite told us that Denis Handlin, CEO of Sony Music Australia, has taken him aside from time to time to inquire about another version of his signature tune.
“I always go, ‘Denis, the wheel hasn’t broken so let’s just leave it’.”
That leaves only one pressing question. Who did 'The Horses' video better: Gillian Mather, the model who played the lip-synching woman on the beach in the original clip, or Lisa Wilkinson, who made the following video tribute to Braithwaite, whom she rates as her favourite Aussie artist.
We reckon it’s Lisa by about half a length.
In other Winx news, she is beer now. Or at least, she’s on the side of a can.
Carlton & United Breweries and the Moonee Valley Racing Club have combined for a limited edition Carlton Draught can to mark the occasion.
Well, 30,000 cases to be precise, which doesn't sound that limited, but we'll allow them a little poetic license because this is, after all, beer we're talking about here.
The cans are the same colour as Winx’s dark blue silks and are emblazoned with a large white W. They also list her Cox Plate wins and feature a jockey astride a famous Carlton Draught Clydesdale.
And that's the way it's gonna be.
Main pic: Getty.