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We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day on the Ladbrokes Blog.
So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great and important sporting moments in This Day In Sport!
2010 – Descarado Wins Caulfield Cup for Gai
Gai Waterhouse and Chris Munce reginted their formiddable partnership and they did it style as Descardo won the 2010 Caulfield Cup – paying $17 for the win.
This was Waterhouse’s first Caulfield Cup triumph in 17 attempts, while Munce made it the “grand slam” of winning Australia’s four major races – not a bad effort given he was in jail two years prior.
The ABC reported at the time:
“Descarado did plenty of work from an outside gate to eventually get a camp off the leaders passing the 1,600-metre mark, leading Munce to fear his horse would throw in the towel with 600m to go.
But the High Chaparral gelding was relishing the heavy conditions while many of its rivals were not, and doggedly fought off all challengers in the straight to score by a length.
Kiwi galloper Harris Tweed ($17) ran boldly to grab second 1-1/4 lengths ahead of another mudlark Monaco Consul ($21).
The bog track reduced the Cup to a race of a handful of chances, among those the favourite Shocking ($4.50), which arguably could have won after being held up at a vital stage nearing the home turn.“
This Caulfield Cup was Gai’s day, grabbing her first Melbourne major and following in the footsteps of her father, Tommy Smith, who won four Caulfield Cups.
Waterhouse excitedly told the media straight after the race “I said to my girlfriend who’s in Descarado, I don’t know what cup you’re going to win, but I’m telling you you’re going to win a cup because this horse is going too damn good.
“I knew Chris would be the right man. He knows how to ride my horses, on the speed. Now it’s all history.”
1968 – Making a Stand
US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos caused a sensation when they raised their gloves in protest, the salute of the Black Power political organisation, on the podium at the Mexico City 1968 Olympics after the 200 meter sprint.
Peter Norman, the Australian athelte who won silver opted to wear a badge for the Olympic Project for Human Rights on the podium after he was told by Smith and Carlos what they were going to do before the medal presentation.
Norman showed zero hesitation to stand with Smith and Carlos when making the salute.
Both Smith and Carlos had already removed their shoes in a protest against poverty and they also wore beads against lynching.
Smioth and Carlos were later orderded to leave the stadium and were expelled from the American track team.
Their actions came in the context of the Vietnam Wawr and the assassination of Martin Luther King jnr. and remains one of the most iconic and powerful images of protest and sport in history.