Rosedale's Patrobas: The Remarkable Story of the 1915 Melbourne Cup

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Jo Scanlan, Aug 11, 2020
The 1915 Melbourne Cup was unique and auspicious. For the very first time the winner - a colt named Patrobas - was owned by a woman, Edith Widdis. Edith, from the Gippsland region of Victoria, drew the attention of a nation. How had she managed to seize the holy grail of Australian racing? Some took the sight of rose-pink silk charging up the outside as a portent of social change for women. But the dominant hue of the day was khaki, as Patrobas's triumphant 1915 racing season played out against the backdrop of an unfolding and traumatic war. Patrobas was a brilliant, courageous and tenacious stayer. The same can be said for Edith Widdis. This is their story.

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