and 1862 Ettie de Mestre won the first two Melbourne
Cups with Archer. He carried 9.7 in the first and started at 6/I,
and 10.2 in the following year, when he went out at 2's. Archer was
trained by his owner and was ridden each time by J. Cutts.De Mestre
trained five Melbourne Cup winners-Archer (1861-2), Tim Whiffler (1867).
Chester (1877) and Calami (1878).
Malua won the Cup in 1884
and was owned by J. O. Inglis, a great horseman, who later rode the
Cup winner to victory in the GJï. Malua won the Melbourne Cup
in 1884 as a 5-year-old. The year previously! he won the Oakleigh
Plate and Newmarket. As a six-year-old he won the Australian Cup.
At eight years his owner rode him to victory in the. Grand National
Hurdle race. They thought he was fin ished then, "but it was
decided to 'give him a last run" in the Geelong Cup and he won
When I knew Dee Foulsham he was training Curator and Baratt for the
late L. K. S. McEinnon, chairman of the V.R.C. The last horse he was
associated with was Kaylah, a sprinter which he owned and trained
and won good races with. J. O. Inglis once
Sheet Anchor won the Cup
in 1885. He was ridden by Mick O'Brien, Carbine's
jockey. Grace Darling, which had won the Caulfield Cup in which 13
horses fell, was second.
In 1886, William Gannon, licensee of Gannon's Hotel
at Wynyard Squarein Sydney won with Arsenal, trained by Harry Raynor,
who later was trainer for Mr E. J. Watt, of Darr River Downs, Longreach.
Dunlop won in 1887,
ridden hy Tom Sanders.
In 1888 Donald Wallace won the Melbourne Cup with
Mentor, ridden hy Mick O'Brien and trained by Walter Hickenbotham.
Wallace owned Peak Downs, in the Clermont dis trict. He also was the
owner of Carbine. Tradition, of which men tion will be made later,
ran second in Mentor's Cup.
The following year, 1889, saw Brave (8.7) beat Carbine
(10.0). Carbine as a three-year-old was beaten in the VRC Derby by
Ensign and was submitted to auction. Donald Wallace bought him for
3000 guineas. Tradition was sold for 3050 guineas to the buyers who
had missed Carbine
Tradition was not a racing success Again the luck of the game! Before
Carbine ran second to Brave he had won the Sydney Cup carrying 9.0
In 1890 Carbine won the Melbourne Cup, carrying 10.5
the highest weight ever carried to success in a Melbourne Cup. Highborn,
who ran second with just 6.9 won the Sydney Cup the following year
The year 1891 saw Malvolio. by Malua, win the Cup.
The Queensland champion, Megaphone which had been pur chased by Donald
Wallace for 300 guineas, fell in the race with several other runners.
Cobham fell first and broke both fore-legs.
The following year, 1892 the outsider, Glenloth,
won the Cup, which was run in a heavy gale and rain.
Tar coola won in 1893, beating in the last stride
Carnage, a three-quarter brother to Carbine. Carnage was ridden by
Toby Moran, known as , the "Globetrotter." He rode on many
courses, including Rockhamp ton where he worked mostly for Frank Silva.
Patron won the Cup in 1894, and 'next year Auraria
came over from] Adelaide to beat a good horse in 'Hova, ridden by
James Hayes. Melbourne's leading rider at the time, Hayes was a striking
personality and in later years imported many thoroughbred horses to
Australia. He once took an action against the "Australasian"
newspaper for defamation, but failed in his case.
Two full brothers won the Cup in 1897 and 1898
for Bill Forrester. They were Gaulus and The Grafter. , Aurum, carrying
8.7, the highest . weight ever carried by a 3-year-old, ran third
in Gaulus Cup. The Grafter had run second to Gaulus.
Mr Herbert Power, after whom the Herbert Power Stakes was named won
the Cup with Merriwee in 1899, and 1900
saw the success of Clean Sweep, trained by James Scobie and ridden
by Dingo Rich ardson.
Revenue, won in 1901, and in 1902
The Victory gave Bobby Lewis his first Mel bourne Cup success.
In 1903 Albert Cornwell won with Lord Cardigan (6.9)
for John Mayo, known as the Wizard of the North. Wakeful ran second
with . 10.0.
Humphrey Oxenham, bookmaker- owner,
got a welcome lift to his fortunes when Acrasia won in 1904.
Lord Car digan, carrying 9.4 and-ridden by Jim Bardon, ran a great
second, but the great effort which he made caused his death a few
Blue Spec gave Paddy
Connolly, Western Australian sportsman, his first Cup in 1905.
Blue Spec was trained by Walter Hicken botham and ridden by Frank
Bullock, who was successful in England afterwards.
A great colt in Poseidon won in 1906, and Apologue
followed in 1907. Lord Nolan in 1908
gave John Mayo his second Cup.
Frank McGrath in 1909 entered the arena with his
first. Cup win ner, Prince Foote, ridden by W. H. McLachlan. McGrath
had Prince Foote going for big money, but he had to use all his persuasive
powers to get the owner, John Brown, to start him. Brown had a reputation
for scratching his horses if he thought anybody else had backed them.
Sol Green, legendary bookmaker, won the Cup of 1910
with the imported horse Comedy King, but Trafalgar should never have
A good horse in The Parsian. trained by Charlie Wheeler and ridden
by Cameron, won in 1911.
William Brown won his first Cup the following year in 1912
.with Piastre. Lady Medallist, owned by E. G. Blume, of Bexley, Longreach,
and winner of the Caulfield Cup, pulled up in the race.
Posinatus, trained by Jim Chambers, of Newcastle, fluked the 1913
Cup in a slow run race and Kingsburgh won in 1914
r for the VRC chairman, Mr L. K. S. MacKinnon.
In 1915, Patrobus gave Bobby Lewis his second Cup.
In 1916 the Cup had to be post- poned from the traditional
second Tuesday in November owing to adverse weather, which made it
impossible to race on Cup Day. The New Zealander Sassanof carrying
the featherweight of 6.12, won it.
W. H. McLachlan rode his third Cup winner on Dan Seaton's Westcourt
in 1917, but it was an unpopular decision, as many
con tended that Lingle had won. The decision in favour of West-court
was half a head. It was repported that "there have been so many
half-head decisions in Australian racing that it is little wonder
the camera eye has become popular and must eventually come into use
on all courses".
1918 went to Night Watch foal of the great Wakeful, who carried
10 stone across the finish line. Night Watch foal of the great Wakeful,
who carried 10 stone across the finish line. W. Duncan was chosen
to ride Night Watch as he was one of the few riders who could make
the weight of 6 stone 9 pounds.
Artilleryman won in 1919 Melbourne Cup with jockey
Robert Lewis, four time Melbourne Cup winner. He won by at least 6
lengths and set a new race record of 3 minutes 24.5 seconds. In 1921
Artilleryman died from an internal haemorrhage.
In the 1920 event, Poitrel carried 10 stone to the
finishing post and won, being one of only three horses to achieve
this victory. His stable mate Erasmus was in front, until the last
half furlong when Poitrel shot through to win. As a yearling in 1916
Poitrel failed to reach his reserve of 300 guineas at a sale.
was won by Sister Olive, originally trained by Jack Williams to be
a sprinter, but it wasn't until jockey Edward O'Sullivan took her
out for a test that her true potential was discovered. After running
her O'Sullivan informed Williams he was training her the wrong way,
and according to O'Sullivan Sister Olive was a natural stayer.Owner
F. W. Norman collected a total winnings of 10,450 gold sovereigns.
In 1922 King Igoda was lined up in an all-stars race,
and it was said his victory was helped with training by James Scobie.
King Ingoda with jockey Titch Wilson won the race with a time of 3:28:25.
The win by Bitali in 1923 reportedly cost bookmekaers
400,000 pounds. He had saddle cloth Number 21.
The 1924 Melbourne Cup was won by Backwood starting
at 8/1 and trined by Richard Bradfield, and was to become to become
one of Bradfield’s four Cup winners. He was the second imported
horse to win the race, securing victory at the 9 furlong mark with
one continuous run from Stand By and Spearfelt.
Windbag, a great sprinter and stayer,
winning races from 6 furlongs to two miles, won the 1925
Melbourne Cup and was bred at Percy Miller’s Kia-Ora Stud in
the Hunter Valley.
125,000 people attended the Melbourne Cup in 1926
to see Spearfelt take out the event.