Condobolin link to historic cup

RIGHT: The 1899 Melbourne Cup Trophy comprising a silver presentation tray together with a tea and coffee service, Walter, Michael, John, Stanley Barnard with Robert Dubock, tray London 1896 and service London, 1898.

By Melissa Blewitt

A piece of Melbourne Cup history complete with a link to Condobolin is set to go under the hammer later this year.

One hundred and seventeen years after it was awarded, the 1899 Melbourne Cup Trophy will be presented by Sotheby’s Australia for auction on 6 April in Melbourne.

Held in the same private collection for over 80 years, the trophy was first awarded to Mr Herbert Power in 1899 for the Melbourne Cup win by Merriwee, who was named after a lagoon near Condobolin.

Merriwee lived up to his name and seemed to appreciate the billabong conditions, leaving the gates in ninth position and by the final straight was in the lead. Merriwee became the fifth horse to win the Victoria Derby/Melbourne Cup double. Comprising of a silver presentation tray together with a tea and coffee service, the trophy’s original value was 100 sovereigns and will be offered for sale with an estimate of $60,000-$80,000.

Merriwee winner of the 1899 Melbourne Cup

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