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WINNER 2000, 2002, 2003,
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,
2009, 2010 & 2011
MANUFACTURING JEWELLERS ON PREMISES
195 UNION ST, THE JUNCTION (only)
www.williamsthejewellers.com.au • firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 49 400 300
Williams The Jewellers is a family owned and managed manufacturing business
situated at The Junction. They have been in the jewellery industry for over 20 years
and have won the Australian Bridal Industry Awards ten times!
• Engagement, wedding and eternity rings
• Handmade jewellery
• Quality certified diamonds
• Precious stone setting
• Pearl and bead restringing
• Watch and clock sales and repairs
• Insurance quotations and valuations
• Hand engraving
• Same day express repairs
SHOCKING JUST ANOTHER CUP WIN: NOVEMBER, 2009
When Shocking swooped up on the outside of British invader Crime Scene to win the
2009 Melbourne Cup, those in the know recognised it as a glory day for the Hunter as the
champion stayer had been born and bred at George and Felicity Frazer’s Ilala Stud, two
kilometres south of Scone on the New England Highway.
Few, however, would have realised it was just one of more than 20 glory days that linked
the Hunter to the race that stops the nation. It could be argued that the Hunter has made a
greater contribution to the great race than any other area of the world.
The Hunter’s links to the cup go back almost to the beginning (Archer won the ﬁrst cup
in 1861, and returned to win again in 1862), but it was only a few years later, in 1867, that the
Hunter-bred horse Tim Whifﬂer, from Tocal on the Paterson River, put his name on the cup
as winner. Tim Whifﬂer was owned and trained by Etienne de Mestre, who also owned and
Tim Whifﬂer’s Melbourne Cup was purchased last year by the National Museum of
Australia and is now on display along with Phar Lap’s heart and the 1934 Melbourne Cup,
unsurprisingly won by another Hunter horse, Peter Pan.
The year after Tim Whifﬂer, Glencoe won the cup, owned and trained by Richard Dines,
who built his sandstone mansion Hambledon Hill near Singleton and developed a private
racecourse where he held a racing carnival in 1865.
Research by veteran racing writer Brian Russell, of Bloodstock Media Service at
Muswellbrook, shows that Tocal, owned by Charles Reynolds, was one of Australia’s leading
studs at the time and one of its sires, New Warrior, who had earlier stood
at The Horse and Jockey Inn at Jerrys Plains, was a major inﬂuence on
the early years of the cup.
New Warrior sired the cup winners Warrior (1869), The
Pearl (1871) and Arsenal (1886).
Other cup winners that cemented the Hunter Valley’s
position as a breeding ground of champions included
Lord Cardigan (1903), Poseidon (1906), Lord Nolan
(1908), Prince Foote (1909), Piastre (1912), Night
Watch (1918) and Poitrel (1920).
Piastre was bred and raced by coal magnate William
Brown, who at one stage owned Segenhoe Stud. His elder brother
John, the coal king known as Baron Brown, had earlier won the cup
with Prince Foote, bred on his stud at Wills Gully, Singleton.
Lord Cardigan and Lord Nolan were three-quarter brothers who
were raised at Widden Stud for their owner John Mayo, of Rutherford.
They were sired by Positano, who stood at the Dangar family’s Neotsﬁeld
Stud near Singleton and also sired Poseidon and Piastre.
Mayo could have had a third cup winner in 1904, when bookmaker and
37. Melbourne Cups
gambler Humphrey Oxenham lost his horse Acrasia to Mayo in a
high-stakes card game, but Mayo kindly offered to sell the horse
back to him on Caulﬁeld Cup day for 2000 pounds. Two weeks
later Acrasia fought off the challenge from Mayo’s Lord Cardigan,
having his second crack at the cup, to claim victory.
The Dangars went on in the late 1920s to breed and race Peter
Pan, which won the cup in 1932 and 1934. The dual winner went on
to stand at stud on the property and is buried there.
Last century Scone’s Kia Ora Stud put its stamp on cup history
with Windbag (1925), Delta (1951), Evening Peal (1956) and
Another Scone alumni to take the cup is Wakeﬁeld Stud’s
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