Melbourne Cup: Why he was Australia’s first master trainer

CROWD CHEERS ON THE MELBOURNE CUP IN 1861.

ARCHER THE MIGHTY.

FRANK MORRIS

ETIENNE DE MESTRE WILL GO DOWN AS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST MASTER HORSE TRAINER IN RACING.

BEHIND ARCHER’S MELBOURNE CUP WIN IN 1861 THERE WAS THE SAGA OF A WONDERFUL HORSE CULTURE THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED.

HIS VICTORIES WITH ARCHER WERE AS SOLID AS THE DAY WAS LONG.

TO PREPARE FOR HIS FIRST CUP VICTORY DE MESTRE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR WALKING ARCHER FROM NOWRA, IN NSW, TO MELBOURNE, A JOURNEY OF 550 MILES.

IT WAS SAID THAT HE COVERED APPROXIMATELY 27 MILES A DAY.  ANYWAY, THAT’S HOW THE STORY GOES.

ACCORDING TO MAURICE CAVANOUGH, IN HIS BOOK THE MELBOURNE CUP 1861 TO 1982, “ARCHER HAD RACED TO THE FRONT AT THE RIVER TURN…AND IN THE RUN HOME ARCHER CLEARED RIGHT AWAY TO WIN THE CUP AS HE LIKED.”

DE MESTRE’S ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN TRAINING METHODS BROUGHT ARCHER HOME AGAIN WITH A SCINTILATING VICTORY IN HIS SECOND MELBOURNE CUP IN 1862.

HE SCORED THREE OTHER SUCCESSES IN THE MELBOURNE CUP ALONG THE WAY.  THE MIGHTY STAYER, TIM WHIFFLER (1867) CHESTER (1877) AND CALAMIA IN 1878.

“IN HIS OWN WAY, CALAMIA’S WIN IN THE CUP TOLD THE STORY OF DE MESTRE’S RACING CAREER”, SAID MAURICE CAVANOUGH.

“MR DE MESTRE TRAINED COUNTLESS WINNERS, QUITE PROBABLY ARCHER WOULD HAVE WON THE THIRD CUP TOO, DESPITE THE 11.4 ALLOTED TO HIM.  UNFORTUNATELY, A POSTAL MIX-UP OCCURRED WHICH DELAYED ARCHER’S ACCEPTANCE FOR THE RACE.

“MR DE MESTRE, WHO WAS BORN IN NSW IN 1832, LIVED UNTIL 1916. BUT IN THE LATTER YEARS OF THIS LIFE TOOK NO INTEREST IN RACING.”

DE MESTRE’S WINS IN THE CUP MAKE HIM SECOND TO THE LEGENDARY BART CUMMINGS WHO WON 12 TIMES.

THAT’S WHY IT BECOMES THE RACE TO STOP A NATION”.

ARCHER WON THE TWO MELBOURNE CUPS WITH “SCINTILATING RUNS”.

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TIMELINES SPECIAL: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR
THIS IRREVENENT AND LIGHT-HEARTED HOAX WAS IN 1944. 
TWO POETS, JAMES MCAULEY AND HAROLD STEWART, DREAMED UP A MEANINGLESS CONCOCTION OF WORDS AND PRESENTED IT AS POETRY.
THEIR AIM WAS TO DEBUNK THE THEN CURRENT VOGUE OF SURREALISM AND OBSCURANTISIM IN VERSE.
THEY PRESENTED THEIR WORK AS HAVING BEEN WRITTEN BY ONE ‘ERN MALLEY’, A FORMER MECHANIC AND INSURANCE SALESMAN.
THE 16 POEMS WERE SENT TO THE AVANT GARDE MAGAZINE, ANGRY PENGUINS, WHERE MALLEY WAS DESCRIBED AS A “GIANT OF AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE”.
AN ENTIRE EDITION OF THE MAGAZINE WAS DEVOTED TO HIS WORK. CONTINUED BELOW.


PADDINGTON BEAR: He always looked forward to a morning chat!

THESE WERE SOME OF THE CHRONICLES IN PADDINGTON’S HECTIC LIFE.

SELECTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MADE VISITING HIS FRIEND’S ANTIQUE SHOP IN THE PORTOBELLO ROAD SO SPECIAL WAS THE FACT THAT IT WAS NEVER THE SAME TWO DAYS RUNNING. PEOPLE CAME FROM FAR AND WIDE TO SEEK MR GRUBER’S ADVICE.

IT WAS SOMETHING TO BROWSE THROUGH HIS VAST COLLECTION OF BOOKS, WHICH COVERED PRACTICALLY EVERY SUBJECT UNDER THE SUN. PADDINGTON BECAME QUITE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT ANTIQUES HIMSELF.

HE COULD IMMEDIATELY TELL A PIECE OF THE GENUINE SPODE CHINA FROM ORDINARY RUN-OF-THE-MILL CROCKERY.

HE WOULD NEVER PICK ANYTHING UP JUST IN CASE HE DROPPED IT BY MISTAKE. “BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY,” WAS MR GRUBER’S MOTTO.

THEY WERE NEVER SHORT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS THEY OFTEN HAD THEIR MORNING TEA SITTING IN DECK CHAIRS ON THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE THE SHOP. HERE THEY DISCUSSED PROBLEMS OF THE DAY IN PEACE AND QUIET BEFORE THE CROWD ARRIVED.

PADDINGTON COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE HIS FRIEND USUALLY HAD A FARAWAY LOOK IN HIS EYES WHENEVER HIS SPOKE OF HIS NATIVE HUNGARY. “WHEN I WAS A BOY”, MR GRUBER WOULD SAY, “PEOPLE USED TO DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY. THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO HAPPEN ANYMORE.”

PADDINGTON…DID LEARN WITH MR GRUBER’S HELP… TO PLAY A TUNE CALLED “CHOPSTICKS” ON AN ANCIENT PIANO AT THE BACK OF THE SHOP. IT WASN’T EASY. HAVING PAWS MEANT HE OFTEN PLAYED SEVERAL NOTES AT THE SAME TIME.

BUT MR GRUBER SAID ANYONE WITH HALF AN EAR FOR MUSIC WOULD HAVE RECOGNISED IT AT ONCE.

ON CLOUDY DAYS, WHEN THERE WAS A CHILL IN THE AIR, THEY MADE A HABIT OF RETIRING TO AN OLD HORSEHAIR SOFA AT THE BACK OF THE SHOP. AND IT WAS ON JUST A MORNING.

PADDINGTON ARRIVED RATHER EARLIER THAN USUAL AND FOUND TO HIS SURPRISE THAT MR GRUBER HAD ACQUIRED A NEW PIANO.

IT WAS STANDING IN ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT AS THE OLD ONE HAD BEEN NEAR THE STOVE.

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE.
THE PEOPLE.

1958
DANILA VASSILIEFF DIES OF HEART FAILURE IN THE HEIDE LIBRARY IN JOHN AND SUNDAY REED’S ARMS ON MARCH 22.
THE GCA IS RENAMED THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART OF AUSTRALIA AND AFTER A SPATE OF VARIOUS NAME CHANGES TO THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AND DESIGN OF AUSTRALIA, THE PRECURSOR TO HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART. JOHN REED IS DIRECTOR.
1960
JOY HESTER DIES ON DECEMBER 4.
1962
SWEENEY’S FIRST COLLECTION OF POETRY, THE SAVAGE URGE IS PUBLISHED.


THERE WAS NO SIGN OF MR GRUBER, WHICH WAS MOST UNUSUAL. SO TO PASS THE TIME PADDINGTON DECIDED TO HAVE A GO AT PLAYING WHAT HAD BECOME KNOW AS “HIS TUNE”, WHEN SOMETHING VERY STRANGE HAPPENED.

AS HE RAISED HIS PAWS TO PLAY THE OPENING NOTES, THE KEYS BEGAN GOING UP AND DOWN ALL BY THEMSELVES!

HE HAD HARDLY FINISHED RUBBING HIS EYES IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE HE WASN’T DREAMING, WHEN HE HAD YET ANOTHER SURPRISE. OUT OF THE CORNER OF HIS EYE HE SAW MR GRUBER CRAWL OUT FROM UNDERNEATH A NEARBY TABLE.

“OH DEAR,” SAID PADDINGTON, “I HOPE I HAVEN’T BROKEN YOUR NEWEST PIANO.”

MR GRUBER LAUGHED. “HAVE NO FEAR OF THAT,” HE SAID. “IT IS WHAT IS KNOWN AS A ‘PLAYER PIANO’ AND IT WORKS BY ELECTRICITY. YOU DON’T SEE MANY AROUND THESE DAYS. I’VE JUST BEEN  PLUGGING IT IN TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS PROPERLY.”

“I DON’T THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN A PIANO THAT PLAYED A TUNE ALL BY ITSELF BEFORE,” SAID PADDINGTON. “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT WHERE I COME FROM. BUT THEN WE DIDN’T HAVE ELECTRICITY EITHER.” THIS WAS A SAD ENDING.

<<THIS IS AN ADAPTION OF THE BOOK, PADDINGTON, BY MICHAEL BOND

SEE THE PADDINGTON BEAR ON VIDEO.

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TIMELINES SPECIAL: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR
WHEN THE HOAX WAS SOON UNCOVERED, THE TWO YOUNG POETS RESPONSIBLE ADMITTED THEY HAD PRODUCED THE ENTIRE LIFE WORK OF ERN MALLEY IN ONE AFTERNOON.
A DICTIONARY, WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE AND A BOOK OF QUOTATIONS WERE USED.
THEIR OBJECT WAS TO FIND OUT IF THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE OR PRAISED SO LAVISHLY SOME OF THE CURRENT POEMS, PARTICULARLY IN ANGRY PENGUINS, COULD TELL THE REAL PRODUCT FROM THE CONSCIOUSLY AND DELIBERATELY CONCOCTED NONSENSE.
THE HOAX BECAME WORLD NEWS.  THE FICTITIOUS ‘ERN MALLEY’ ENJOYED BRIEF FAME AT A TIME WHEN LIGHT-HEARTEDNESS WAS SCARCE.

<<BACKGROUND TO THE STORY CAME FROM NORMAN MACSWAIN BIOGRAPHY OF RICHARD HUGHES.

COMING: THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR! FRANK MORRIS TAKES A LOOK AT THE THREE HOAXES.


CHRISTMAS FOODFROLICO: The drink list. Bombay Bramble…it’s new and waiting to be discovered!

THIS IS A SPIRIT THAT BOASTS A FLAVOUR ALL ITS OWN. BOMBAY BRAMBLE…IT’S A NEW FLAVOUR IN COLOURED GINS. IT HAS THE TASTE OF ITS NATURAL INGREDIENTS. BOMBAY BRAMBLE USES FLASH FROZEN BLACKBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF THE FRUIT AT THE TIME OF HARVEST. AND GUESS WHAT? THERE IS NO ADDED SUGAR! FM.

TRY MAKING YOUR OWN BOMBAY BRAMBLE AT HOME TODAY. AND DON’T FORGET YOUR FRIENDS TOO!

BRAMBLE & TONIC

45 ML BOMBAY BRAMBLE GIN
100 ML FEVER TREE MEDITERRANEAN TONIC WATER
GARNISH WITH A LEMON WEDGE

BRAMBLE

60 ML BOMBAY BRAMBLE GIN
30 ML FRESH LEMON JUICE
20 ML SUGAR SYRUP
GARNISH WITH A LEMON WEDGE

WHY GIN? PEOPLE ARE OBSESSED WITH GIN.

FOR ITS VERSATILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY, WHICH CAN ACCOUNT FOR THE RECENT BOOM IN GIN DRINKING ON A WORLDWIDE SCALE.

GIN IS DISTILLED WITH A BEVY OF STRENGTHS, TONES AND TASTES TO ENJOY.

THINK OF DRINKING A GIN THAT GOES WITH THE SEASON?

GIN OVER ICE OR IN A COCKTAIL FOR SUMMER. OR ITS SPICY, EARTHY FLAVOURS IN WINTER. FM

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 16.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 01 November 20

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