1867 Melbourne Cup winner Tim Whiffler.
Significantly, this weekend will see a 'Farewell to Newmarket', as one of the key historical locations for selling racehorses in Australian Thoroughbred history, will set about closing its doors to the racing industry as it relocates to Warwick Farm Racecourse.
An historic site which dates back over one hundred years (1918) in the Inglis family and a further sixty years whilst in the hands of other prominent racing personnel, the Newmarket Saleyards property has seen many spectacular sales over the years.
In reference to Melbourne Cup winners sold specifically on the Newmarket property whilst in the hands of the Inglis family, the following list is relevant. 1
1940 Old Rowley
1956 Evening Peal
1981 Just a Dash
1997 Might and Power
There have been other Melbourne Cup winners sold at auction in Sydney but not specifically at Newmarket and not specifically by Inglis. This period ranges from 1870 to 1920.
To highlight the occasion and in what is significantly the 150th Anniversary of the Inglis family company, both the current 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy and the 1867 Melbourne Cup trophy won by Tim Whiffler, will both be on display at a gala event at Newmarket on Sunday, 9th April.
The 1867 Melbourne Cup is an ornate trophy and displays Alexander taming the horse whereas the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Trophy is more your classic, three handled loving Cup design, first introduced in 1919. With its slim lines, it is seen as reflective of the art deco era of the 1920s.
Both trophies are significant as they book-end the life span of the Inglis family business celebrating its 150 year anniversary this year.
The 1867 Melbourne Cup is featured in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, whereas the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup is about to embark on its world journey in the lead up to the 157th consecutive running of the Melbourne Cup.
- Dr Andrew Lemon (2017), Consultant Historian to the VRC
For more information on the 1867 Melbourne Cup and the National Museum of Australia visit: www.nma.gov.au