Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Posinatus: an unlikely champion

From the Maitland Mercury report:
What does Morpeth, the Melbourne Cup, a coin toss, prophetic dream and a parish priest have in common?
It may sound like the start of a joke but it is actually the story of Posinatus and the punch line was delivered 100 years ago at Flemington.
Posinatus left the township of Morpeth as a 100-1 shot and returned home to the banks of the Hunter River as a Melbourne Cup champion.
A century may have passed since that historic victory at Flemington but the story still resonates around the streets where Posinatus once roamed and beyond.
Not only was Posinatus the last Maitland connection to win the famed two mile race, following on from four others in the decade before him, but the five-year-old gelding clearly defied the odds to claim one of the sport’s ultimate prizes.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 2, 2013.