The rain sleeted down and the wind blew a gale on one of the coldest Cox Plate days in living memory.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Peter Moody lost count the number of times he confronted TV broadcasters and journalists after big race wins, conducting an instantaneous debrief of their performance and outlining future plans for his winners.
Tony McEvoy and his son David know a thing or two about preparing sharp two-year-olds to win on debut.
One brilliant derby win over Melbourne Victory did not make Melbourne City an outstanding team.
Melbourne City's early-season bubble burst somewhat with a 3-2 home loss to Perth Glory on Friday night - a defeat that, said coach John van 't Schip, is a stark reminder for his players of how hard they have to work and how intensely they have to compete if they want to dominate the competition.
Perth Glory probably boast more 180-centimetre-plus players than any side in the A-League and thus have earned a well-deserved reputation for being a constant threat at set pieces.
To win the title you have to get off to a flying start in your first few games, build a solid foundation for the rest of the campaign, and then finish the home and away series with a flourish, taking that momentum into the finals.
Many are called. Few are chosen. And scarcely any ever show to real advantage.
It was a thumping derby win, but few City players are guaranteed a place in the starting 11 these days.