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Skipton remembered

The Skipton Handicap, run at Flemington yesterday, won by Boom Time brought back memories of the horse the race was named after.

Skipton was the last three year old to win the Derby and three days later the Melbourne Cup, the last horse to complete that double.

He went into the Derby with winning form, the Laluma Handicap at Moonee Valley and the Moonee Valley Stakes, then the Berwick Stakes at Mentone; he immediately was installed favourite for the Derby.

After winning the AJC Derby two weeks earlier, Roy McLead’s colt, Laureate, went to the barrier an 11/8 favourite, just shading out Skipton in the market.

Norman Creighton, who rode the Derby winner for his father in law, Jack Fryer, who trained Skipton for an easy win in the Classic.

After the Derby, on Sunday morning, the horse hadn’t turned a hair, he was bucking his brand off, Fryer declared him a runner in the Cup, while Creighton could not make the weight the ride was given to Billy Cook, it was the first of his two winning Cup rides.

Two years later the Caulfield Cup was run in two divisions, Skipton won one division ridden by Scobie Breasley, and the other, Saint Warden, ridden by Harry White senior.

 

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