Shell shock in Cup

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

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.

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