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Many towns and cities erect statues of their founding fathers or of their most famous residents, but not in Cambridge.

Outside the Town Hall in Victoria Street, proudly displayed to the thousands who drive past each day, is a life-sized bronze sculpture of a mare and her foal.

mare-and-foal cambridge-isiteUnveiled in March 2004, the 850kg statue was commissioned by the Waipa District Council, with financial support from the local equine industry, so the town could acknowledge the vast contribution made to its fortunes by horses.

The council also decided to commission 18 mosaics of prominent local horses to be set into the town's pavements, celebrating the achievements of Foxbridge, Sir Tristram, Zabeel, Balmerino, Sunline, Tulloch, Octagonal, Vice Regal, Empire Rose, Ethereal, Eight Carat, Mainbrace, Might & Power, Hunterville, Sydney Jones, Young Quinn, Jenner and Charisma, the Olympic Games mount of equestrian Sir Mark Todd.

On the wall beside the ANZ in Victoria St, you'll find a special collection of plaques honouring our 13 (and counting) Melbourne Cup winners.

For the record, they are: Hiraji (1947), Foxzami (1949), MacDougal (1959), Galilee (1966), Silver Knight (1971), Van der Hum (1976), Gurners Lane (1982), Kensei (1987), Empire Rose (1988), Might and Power (1997), Jezabeel (1998), Brew (2000) and Ethereal (2001).

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