Just weeks before retiring as Governor-General, Sir John Kerr attended the Melbourne Cup.
A drunken Kerr presented the cup to the connections of the winner, Gold and Black, a horse trained by Bart Cummings and ridden by John Duggan.
Kerr’s performance in front of a heckling crowd is a classic for political aficionados.
- Listen to Kerr’s Melbourne Cup speech (2m)
- Watch Kerr (2m)
Report in The Age, November 2, 1977, page 3.