THE RACE FOR THE CUP. INTERESTING DETAILS.
• ' Received November 8, 8.53 a.m. ■• . ' • .MELBOURNE, November 8. ' Cup Day was a day of blistering heat, windy »ud- dusty to boot. The Cup con-, tirigent were sent on their mission like a troop of cavalry- for a few strides, with the line of bright colours of the riders . unbroken** Then the gW%n : atfd. piofk livery' l carried by Scot. Free moved out, only to be passed by .that of Cluster,, ..after whom the field "thundered past the judge'spjojc, ,hjß neares.t attendants being, Overdale, Scot Free, Pius, Grand/Rapids, and Fabric, Cluster's reign was very .short, iqv as ihey swept out of the straight Overdale • assumed command, and, setting a ver.y i solid pace, ..rattled .along the riverside,, past the .bridge and along, the bank. % es- . corted by Grand, Rapids, Pius, and Scot Fv-ep, while Blue. Spec was within striking j distance of the leaders, and Fabric, .too. was handy, as was the favourite, who was bowling along without interference in a prominent position in the ruck. , After the, sheds were, cast behind the pace began,, to . tell on Overdale. and, as he beat a retreat, , followed by Pius, Scot Free flashed to the ' front, with Maniapoto in hot pursuit, but the New Zealander soon melted cut of the. struggle, while Blue Spec; "Grama. Fabric, Grand Rapids, and • Tartan, chased Great Scot's brother into' tlie 'straight. When the distance was, reached Scot Free was: sljill gomp; strongly in front. of Blue Spec, . and, .as Tartan's colours appeared on ihe outside, a shout went up in anticipation of his victory. Tho ng-lrt wa3 now in lSsal earnest., and Bhte Spec, gradually creeping up in brilliant -style, was soon upsides with 1 Scot Free, who' had been making .the pace a cracker, and the effort was Beginning; to •tell.--' At the hail. distance Blue Spec had drawn jm. r front . of • the Sydney 'representative, and settled the Melbourne Cup qiies.tion for 1905, though not without a struggle, as the .son of Lochiel 1 stuck to him" gamely throughout his final effort, The "weight began to tell on Tartan inside the distance, but he came on with great resolution, and had his nose at Scot Free's giytbs as they ■ flasliisd ?>ast the post amid a scoue of wild excitement. The victory of -Blue Srec -was -greeted- with great cordiality. None of the cracks showed prominently at any stage except Maniapoto, and his effort was not sustained. He was , prominent/ at the home turn;- . but from Miat out was beaten. Scot Free's bid for the stake was^a very bold one, and it was quite a treat to see him fight out the last half mile. .When the pressure was turned 1 ott -he struggled 1 on in the most courageous, manner, but in Blue. Spec he encountered one who stayed 'a - little' too long under | punishment.' When Blue Spec .returned to the scale ilis sid&s \ told plainly how hard he had been ridden "by Bullock,' -who made the greatest use of the flail for nearly a mile.t Blue Spec is evidently a- horse of ' great ' courage • and endurance. There was ' not a suspicion of a fluke' about the win, which was full of merit. The .attendance, to the\ unofficial eye, appeared to be one of the greatest Seen at j Fleinington for several years, big ap last year's unquestionably was. The lawn was a mass of brilliant millinery, for the day was all on the side of woman with the best of her Cup season dresses.
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