[close]

Melbourne Cup Trophy Visits Widden Valley

It is fitting that the iconic Melbourne Cup trophy will visit historic Widden Stud during its tour of Australia leading up to this year’s race at Flemington in November.

Melbourne Cup Trophy Visits Widden Valley

It is fitting that the iconic Melbourne Cup trophy will visit historic Widden Stud during its tour of Australia leading up to this year’s race at Flemington in November.

Representatives of the Victoria Racing Club will visit Widden with $200,000 18-carat Gold Cup to mark the studs long historic association with Australia’s most famous race.

The Melbourne Cup trophy tour is now in its 15th year and this year’s includes visits to 31 locations around Australia and New Zealand.


When the Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861 Widden Stud ws also in its formative years for the Thompson family.

Seven generations and 150 years later the family-owned stud has been a great source of Melbourne Cup runners bred or sired on Widden or the Thompson’s neighbouring property Oakleigh.

The first top line performer bred by the Thompsons was Oakleigh, the winner of the 1887 Caulfield Cup and seventh in the Melbourne Cup.

Oakleigh was by Roodee, an early sire used at the Thompson’s studs.

The breeder of Oakleigh, Joseph C. Thompson, had a big paddock between Oakleigh and Widden Stud recognised as Joe’s Paddock.

After the Second World War it became Baramul Stud and home to one of the greatest sires in Australian history Star Kingdom.

Two early sires used by the Thompsons in the Widden Valley who supplied Melbourne Cup runners were Lochiel (five times champion Australian sire) and Grafton (four titles).

Melbourne Cup winners reared on Widden were Lord Cardigan (1903), Posinatus (1913) and Spearfelt (1926).

Spearfelt arrived at Widden as an orphan foal and was sold as a yearling in Sydney.

When third at his first attempt at the Cup in 1924 the winner was the imported stallion Backwood, subsequently a competent sire at Widden.


Racing And Sports



Check out our FREE full form, ratings for meetings in nine countries each and every day.


Latest Stories