Pony Tale

We all know when and where the Mel­bourne Cup is run each year, but how many of us know about its ori­gins? You may be sur­prised to learn that the Mel­bourne Cup was orig­i­nal­ly run in Eng­land in 1756, pri­or to set­tle­ment.

Even more sur­pris­ing is that hors­es were not actu­al­ly invent­ed back then and the local men used to ride their wives or mis­tress­es, an accept­able prac­tice in those days.

The prize mon­ey was not as lux­u­ri­ous as it is these days, and in fact the win­ner would receive a trip for two to the Edin­burgh Fes­ti­val, as well as a new sad­dle for his wife.

My, how things have changed.