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Walter Craig


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In 1895, American author Mark Twain described Australia’s Melbourne Cup horserace as, “The greatest racing event on Earth”.

The prestige that goes with winning the Melbourne Cup is unparalleled. Of all races, this is the one every Australasian racehorse owner wants to win.

In 1870, one such owner, Walter Craig, dreamt that his horse, Nimblefoot, won the Cup.

Craig told family and friends he saw the vision with such clarity that he could clearly make out the jockey, the colour of his silks, and the horse as it went past the winning post. Craig was so convinced his dream was a premonition that he placed numerous wagers on it to win. However, Craig also said one thing about the dream puzzled him - the rider, J. Day, was wearing a black armband.

The next day Walter Craig died and a few days later Nimblefoot won the Melbourne Cup. The horse’s jockey, J. Day, wore a black armband in memory of Walter Craig.

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