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Raceday Superstitions

Mar 22, 2016

According to Wikipedia, Superstition is the ‘belief in supernaturalcausality—that one event causes another without any natural process linking the two events—such as astrology and certain aspects linked to religion, like omens, witchcraft andprophecies, that contradict natural science’.

So, which camp do you sit in when it comes to raceday superstitions? Are you a believer or non-believer?

In the case of Team Snowden, Peter leads the charge as chief superstition operator.

“Yes I’m superstitious and I’m big on wearing lucky ties.

“I wore the same tie for my two Golden Slipper wins with Sepoy and Capitalist and before you ask, yes, hopefully I’ll be in a position to wear it again next year.

“Capitalist was also placed in stall 60 on the 60th running of the Golden Slipper and drew barrier 2 by the same owner who pulled out barrier 2 for the Magic Millions.”

“I’m not a fan of bringing horses out of their boxes either for photoshoots before a big race.”

Paul Snowden on the other hand doesn’t share the superstitious attitude.

“No I’m not superstitious at all. I laugh at dad.”

Maree Purcell, Peter and Paul's Racing Secretary, will watch certain races in the same winning spot.

“I think you need all the luck you can get in racing, so I’m a believer.

“I stood in the same spot to watch Capitalist where I watched Sepoy gallop to victory in the Slipper, and do have some ‘lucky’ dresses I wear, that is until they become unlucky!”

Others high profile trainers and jockeys who are superstitious:

  • Jockey Damien Oliver refuses to touch the trophy or participate in photoshoot where the trophy is in eye view before any of the majors
  • Trainer David Hayes wears certain ties for certain races and won’t touch the trophies either before a big race or have his horse’s get close to them
  • Jockey Michelle Payne never rides without her late mother’s good luck charm around her neck
  • Of course, this piece isn’t complete without mentioning the colour green being widely regarded a ‘hoodoo’ with owners and punters - especially in countries such a Hong Kong

Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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