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Topic: ride of the valkyrie
When Wotan won the 1936 Melbourne Cup at 100 to one, the bookies laughed. Placed last at the mile post, the New Zealand four-year old finished in a record 3 minutes 21 ¼ seconds. Turf historians put Wotan’s success down to breeding, though lineage had not been in evidence when it tailed the field of the Cox Plate.

A Cup history: From Wotan to Wagner to Highland Nectar Whiskey

When Wotan won the 1936 Melbourne Cup at 100 to one, the bookies laughed. Placed last at the mile post, the New Zealand four-year old finished in a record 3 minutes 21 ¼ seconds. Turf historians put Wotan’s success down to breeding, though lineage had not been in evidence when it tailed the field of the Cox Plate.

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