Shell shock in Cup
A CHANGE of name and some fresh blood did the trick for ‘The Turtle Men’ syndicate, which cleaned up the big money at the Kyabram Club Melbourne Cup Calcutta.
The syndicate had gone by the name of ‘The Birds’ for the last 15 years or so but when two members withdrew from the syndicate this year original members Rob Shellie, Joe Corso and Graham Elliott recruited David and Sue Blake, Ross Meeking and Frank Depalma to join and changed the syndicate name to ‘The Turtle Men’ because of an obvious lack of pace in the group.
The newly named syndicate drew the winner Rekindling and forked out half the auction price of $1600 which of course turned into a $16,230 windfall when he saluted in the cup.
To rub further salt into the wound one of the former syndicate members had supported the runner-up, Johannes Vermeer, and was on good terms with himself until Rekindling spoilt the party.
Johannes Vermeer was purchased for $2000 by ‘Far Out’ from the drawer ‘Why Burn’ and it turned out a good deal when it returned a handy $5410. The third placegetter, Max Dynamite, was bought by ‘The Mongrels’, which paid $1100 and got $2705 back, while the fourth horse home, Big Duke, was bought back by its drawer ‘More Tickets’ for $550, which produced a nice collect of $1353.