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Flemington Cup Returns After Long Hiatus
Odd Spot: The inaugural Flemington Cup was run in January of 1849, a good 12 years before the first Melbourne Cup, and will be run for only the second time this Saturday, reports racing.com. Historian Dr Andrew Lemon wrote, "Although some reports at the time say the 1849 'Flemington Cup' was run in January at 'The Melbourne Racecourse' (current site of Flemington), it is clear to me that the meeting was held at Dunbar's hotel. It was run in heats (i.e. best of three - the winner Belzoni won the first two heats so a deciding heat was not needed). The trophy donated by Dunbar was valued at 15 guineas. To the best of my knowledge there has never been a 'Flemington Cup' race since that time." The 2020 running of the 2800m Flemington Cup has attracted a field of 19 nominations including last start winners Lord Belvedere (Archipenko-Diablerette, by Green Desert), Ventura Storm (Zoffany-Sarawati, by Haafhd), Sweet Thomas (Dylan Thomas-Sworn Pro, by Protektor), Meteor Light (Clodovil-Nordkappe, by High Chaparral), Bee Tee Junior (Nom du Jeu-That's My Char, by Peintre Celebre), and Roland Garros (Helmet-Radha Rani, by Delago Brom).