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The Long Reach of the Melbourne Cup

Friday, 6th September 2019

Longreach is hosting the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) next week as they tour the Melbourne Cup trophy – it's visiting quite a few towns in central-west Queensland – however there is something unique to this particular leg of the tour. The Longreach Regional Council will be hosting a soiree in the mounting yard at the Longreach Jockey Club on Monday night to celebrate the Cup's presence, and on Tuesday afternoon the Cup will visit Bexley Station and the grave of Cup-winning horse Martini-Henry. The VRC has advised the Council that Martini-Henry won the 1883 VRC Derby at his first start and the Melbourne Cup at his second – a feat achieved by no other runner – something which earned his owner, the Honourable James White, £25,000 from bookmakers for the double which would have been an independent fortune at the time. By Musket, 1,250 guineas purchase Martini-Henry was the first of 43 New Zealand-bred horses to win the Cup. Dying in 1903, he's buried in the house-garden at Bexley, and a plaque commemorating him will be unveiled on Tuesday.

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