Sport: Big Day Down Under

One night in 1870 an Australian horse-owner named Walter Craig had a dream: the jockeys in the Melbourne Cup race were wearing black armbands, and leading the pack down the stretch was his own horse, a rank outsider named Nimblefoot. When Craig told about his dream, everybody got a good laugh; one bookmaker offered him odds of £1,000 to a cigar. But it meant nothing to Owner Craig when Nimblefoot, his jockey wearing a black armband, won the big race. Owner Craig had died the day before.

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