NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
1st November, 1910 : Mark Twain a few years ago described it as one of the world’s greatest folk-festivals. Melbourne Cup Day astonished him, and it revelled in its own glory again today for the fiftieth running of the nation’s most famous horse-race, a two-mile handicap at Flemington. The sun asserted itself, catching the fine feathers of the great and tinting the warm reds of the thousands of roses. It smiled on the vast and motley throng of 100,000, a record, who came by train and coach and riverboat and on foot. In particular, it shone on Comedy King, the 10/1 winner by a half-head from the fast-finishing Trafalgar, the 9/2 favourite. Apple Pie 16/1 was a tasty third.
[Unstoppable progress – it is now The Emirates Cup]