TWO children will have the ultimate “show and tell” at a Camperdown school today — the $150,000 golden trophy won by the sensational French stayer Dunaden in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup.
Dunaden’s owner Sheik Fahad al-Thani was not at Caulfield on Saturday due to commitments at the British Champions race day at Ascot in England, but his Australian representative Geoffrey Faber, from Camperdown, was there to bask in the glory of the victory.
Mr Faber’s two children, Guy and Hannah, attend St Patrick’s Primary School Camperdown and after discussions with his wife Angela, he has decided to take the prestigious trophy to the school this morning before it finds its future home in the sheik’s English mansion.
“Angela and I just thought it would be a good idea for the children at the school to have a look at the trophy,” Mr Faber told The Standard.
“It’s an impressive piece of silverware.
“The trophy will be heading to England (and) it’ll never be seen in Australia again, so it’s a great chance for the kids to get a photo with the cup.
“Guy and Hannah are excited that they will be able to show the cup to their schoolmates.
“I’m sure the kids at St Patrick’s will remember having the 2012 Caulfield Cup in their presence for a long time.
“It’ll be a big thrill for everyone.”
Mr Faber’s entourage to the Caulfield Cup also included colourful Camperdown identities, former VFL-AFL star John Goold and popular trainer Jock McArthur, as well as Hamilton’s Chas Armytage.
While Mr Faber accepted the trainer’s trophy for top French mentor Mikel Dalzangles, Goold was on hand to pick up the owner’s trophy for the sheik.
The former Carlton footballer said it was an honour.
“I’ve been mates with Geoffrey for many years.
“It was just great to be involved in the whole day,” Goold said.
“It was quite amazing to be up on centre stage making a speech for the sheik.
“Dunaden’s a champion.
“We just hope we’re back again on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington.”