Tattersall’s 2,000 Melbourne Cup and other Consultations.
Now that Tattersall has again opened his L 2,000, LIO.OOO, and L 50.000 monster consultations on this year’s Melbourne Cup, numerous inquiries have been made as to the way in which these sweeps are conducted. As a general rule few arc conversant with the system, and the method used by the above might be interesting to the many thousands who participate in them in the hope of gaining a fortune. Everything is done in ,the fairest and most honest manner by Tattersall’s, the drawing never being allowed to take place without many gentlemen being present whose honesty and integrity cannot be doubted. On Wednesday morning the first sweep for the Birthday Cup took place, when ten persons, including a couple of M.P.s, two lawyers, three leading citizens, and three pressmen, were present. Twenty trays, containing 100 balls each, were passed around the table, numbered from 1, 2, and 3, and so on, up to 2,000. Each person checked the balls and passed the tray on, until everyone was satisfied that not one marble was missing. This being done, a tray containing sixty-seven balls, each with the name of a horse neatly printed on it, was submitted, and those present being confident that everything was correct, they were placed in a small barrel, which was turned round in order to thoroughly mix them up. The 2,000 balls with the numbers were pitched into a larger barrel, but not consecutively, the tray containing, say, from 1,100 to 1,200, being first thrown in, then the tray with from 1,600 to 1,700, and so on, alternately, until the twenty trays were exhausted. The marbles aic then subjected to a similar process to the barrel which contained the horses. Two gentlemen were requested to draw the marbles—one taking possession of the barrel with the horses’ names, and tho other the one with the numbered marbles. As soon as the horses are exhausted the drawing is complete, and the way in which it is effected is as follows: —Both gentlemen dip at the same time, and when the two marbles are pulled out the person drawing the number calls it out, and his friend calls the name of the horse on the ball. Some are busy recording, while others are intent on the results. Both barrels are locked and revolved several times after every ten horses and marbles are drawn. The first ball out on this occasion was 1,719, and The Jewel was first horse out. Three gentlemen take down the results, and after the drawing has terminated they exchange copies, and the results are checked by different people, so that there can be no mistake.— ‘ Sunday Times,’ Sydney, May 15.
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Tattersall’s 2,000 Melbourne Cup and other Consultations., Evening Star, Issue 7976, 3 August 1889
Tattersall’s 2,000 Melbourne Cup and other Consultations. Evening Star, Issue 7976, 3 August 1889
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