Whoever said they never honour the right people or horses in racing? The Irish have done the right thing by two of their true stars by erecting a bronze monument to the great Vintage Crop at The Curragh, the headquarters of Irish racing. The bronze, which is truly magnificent, also features a life-like Michael Kinane in the saddle and a suitable inscription honouring the horse who did more in the 1990s to bridge the gap between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres than any other. The 1993 Melbourne Cup winner, incidentally, is doing extremely well at home. Dermot Weld, his globe-trotting trainer, reports the gelding in fine fettle and being groomed for his seasonal debut at the somewhat later date of August. 'I hope to give him one run before the Irish St Leger and if he performs up to expectations, then we'll be considering another trip to Melbourne and a fourth attempt at the Cup. Of course, it also depends on what weight he gets,' Weld said. Vintage Crop is a star in every sense of the word. Very few horses in the history of the Melbourne Cup have ever managed four consecutive attempts and it would be fair to say he has never run a bad race in Australia's famous two-miler. After winning in 1993, he finished seventh the following year after sustaining a bad gash high on his off foreleg only days before the big event. Last year, he finished a creditable third after coming from near the rear. He is the perfect horse for the Melbourne Cup. Kinane started the weekend in brilliant style with a winning treble on Saturday, bringing home the short-priced Weld-trained trio of Star Profile, Peace Prize and Dance Design. The latter carried off the Pretty Polly Stakes, which was appropriate compensation for her narrow but courageous defeat in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot only 10 days earlier. Kinane was delighted when he saw the bronze of Vintage Crop. 'I think it captures the horse exactly. His character and his fighting spirit come through,' the jockey said. Kinane also felt it was a reasonable replica of how he looks in the saddle, which is not too bad. Willie Carson showed that age has not dimmed his considerable talents when he produced Celeric very late to land Saturday's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle. In the process, he was landing a huge off-course gamble. The stayer, who is by Mtoto, the same sire as Derby winner Shaamit, was backed down from 9-1 ante-post to 7-2, and that 7-2 quickly became 2-1 on course. Celeric snatched victory by three parts of a length from Snow Princess, sent out by Lord Huntingdon. There is a Melbourne Cup connection here, too. Owner Cristopher Spence revealed: 'We're putting him in the Melbourne race and we'll make a decision later.'