Sunday, October 24, 2010

1891 - 1900.

Winner in 1891 - Malvolio.

In 1891 it seemed the Melbourne Cup would have to wait for a few weeks as Flemington was flooded in mid-July. However, the VRC managed to dry out the course before and have it ready for Spring. Malvolio is the son of former Melbourne Cup winner Malua.

Malvolio ran a time of 3:29:25, his jockey was G. Redfern and his trainer/owner J. Redfern. He won a total prize of 13,124 gold sovereigns.

The trophy in 1891 the prize changed to a 15-inch-high (380mm), 24-inch-long (610mm) showing a Victory figure offering an olive wreath to a jockey.

Winner in 1892 - Glenloth.

At the Melbourne Cup in 1892 Glenloth caused quite a scene when trainer and owner Carmody knotted the horses long tail to avoid picking up mud from the track. Due to the heavy rain the race was delayed by 20 minutes and upon entering the track Glenloth and his rider G. Robson were laughed at by the crowd due to his comically shorter tail.

Glenloth went home with a winning total of 12,967 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1893 - Tarcoola.

Tarcoola was a handsome Golden Bay Thoroughbred who was almost beaten by Carnage in the 1893 Melbourne Cup. On entering the straight, Carnage had the lead, but Tarcoola came from the outside, to win the race as a seven-year-old, weighting 52.62kg, running a winning time of 3:30:50. His jockey Herbert Cripps, trained by Joseph Cripps and owned by J. D. Lewis.

He won a total prize of 13,124 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1894 - Patron.

After failure the previous year at the Melbourne Cup for Patron and despite the favourite being his older brother Ruenalf, Patron won the 1894 Melbourne Cup race with a winning time of 3:31:00. Patron was trained by Richard Bradfield, owned by F. W. Purches and the jockey was Henry G. Dawes.

Patron weighting 58.51kg, won a total prize worth 5,000 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1895 - Auraria.

Auraria during her racing career won ten out of twenty starts and become one of three fillies to have won the Melbourne Cup as well as winning the Oaks Stakes and the C. B. Fisher Plate the following Saturday. At a winning time of 3:29:00, weighting just 46.27kg Auraria won her owner D. James, trainer J. H. Hill and jockey J. Stevenson a total prize worth 3,667 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1896 - Newhaven.

Newhaven's win at the 1896 Melbourne Cup race market the first year that the race was filmed. Newhaven won by six-lengths to give trainer Walter Hickenbotham another win to his list. He and jockey H. J. Gardner managed a winning time of 3:28:50. Owners W.T Johns and S. Cooper received winnings of 4,148 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1897 - Gaulus.

In 1897 Gaulus won the Melbourne Cup after beating his brother The Grafter, to win in a time of 3:31:00. They went down as the only siblings in history to win consecutive Melbourne Cup's. A century after the race, the commemorative whip presented to Gaulus's jockey Stephen Callinan, was found in the attic of a Melbourne home and auctioned in 2002 and sold for $13,500.
Gaulus won his owner and trained by William Forrester a total prize worth 4,163 gold sovereigns.Forrester, also won the following Melbourne Cup with Gaulus brother, The Grafter.

Winner in 1898 - The Grafter.

Following in his brother's tracks, The Grafter went on to win the Melbourne Cup with jockey John Gough in a winning time of 3:29:75. He was sold the following week after the Melbourne Cup for 2,000 pounds, the second highest price for a gelding race horse in Australia at the time.

The Grafter collected in winnings a total of 3,524 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1899 - Merriwee.

After being beaten in 1877, Merriwee owner Herbert Power was shattered when his stayer Savanaka was beaten by Chester trained by de Mestre. Determined to receive his winnings this time around Power's made Merriwee train almost non-stop. On the day of the race, despite the wet track, Merriwee fulfilled her owner's dream and won in 3:36:50. Her jockey V.Turner, trainer James Wilson. Jnr and as well as owner Power's took home winnings of 4,293 gold sovereigns.

From 1899 the trophy was in the form of silver galloping horse embossed on a 3-foot-long (0.91m) plaque, although some said it resembled a greyhound.

Winner in 1900 - Clean Sweep.

This was the first year that a jockey made the transition into a trainer, James Scobie trained Clean Sweep would be the first of four Melbourne Cup winners for Scobie (trainer.) Clean Sweep's racing career continued between the ages of two and three-year-old.
Clean Sweep, jockey Andrew Richardson winning time of 3:29:00 gave owner F. T. Forrest a winning total of 4,397 gold sovereigns.

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