The credit goes to my chum Shane Clarke: I won £220,000 on the Melbourne Cup. I had to lay out £50,000 on five horses to have a fifty per cent chance of drawing on the race. My good fortune was that the horse which I had backed to win the most, Twilight Payment, duly obliged.
It was a little too much on the firm side for Sir Dragonet. But, be it noted, he still ran very well to finish sixth.
Elsewhere, I had £20,000 on Tiger Moth at 5/1 where I had originally heard a rumour that he might not even run. He was a half length second.