Gilmore commits to 70th Melbourne Cup

HANDS ON THE CUP AT LAST: Ninety two year old Mount Gambier identity Col Gilmore has been going to the Melbourne Cup for the 69 consecutive years (70th next Tuesday) and finally got his hands on the gold cup trophy when it visited Portland last month.

WORLD War two had ended four years earlier and the Great Depression a decade prior (both still etched in his memory) when 22-year-old Mount Gambier resident Col Gilmore went to his first Melbourne cup at Flemington.

That was way back in 1949 and Gilmore has not missed a Melbourne cup since.

And the 92-year-old has no intention of missing out on making it 70 Melbourne cups in a row when he heads to Melbourne on Monday.

What is more remarkable, Gilmore is not a racing fanatic, with the last local race meeting he attended

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