Presenting the 1899 Melbourne Cup Trophy
The Melbourne Cup of 1899 was described as one of the most disappointing events Flemington had ever witnessed. A deluge of rain had discouraged attendances and the track was under water before the start of the race. Named after a lagoon near Condobolin in New South Wales, the winning horse Merriwee lived up to his name and seemed to appreciate the billabong conditions, leaving the gates in ninth position and by the final straight was in the lead. Merriwee became the fifth horse to win the Victoria Derby / Melbourne Cup double.
Held in the same private collection for over 80 years, the trophy was first awarded to Mr Herbert Power in 1899. One hundred and seventeen years after it was awarded, the 1899 Melbourne Cup Trophy will be presented by Sotheby’s Australia for auction on 6 April 2016 in Melbourne. Comprising a silver presentation tray together with a tea and coffee service, the trophy’s original value was 100 sovereigns and will be offered for sale with an estimate of $60,000-80,000.