The Apsley Racing Club hosts the Message Book as the Apsley community celebrate Jimmy Tarpot at the 2016 Apsley Cup.
On Sunday June 12 the Apsley Racing Club hosted the Jimmy Tarpot Cup, a 100 yards backwards race held down the main straight of the racetrack prior to the running of the 161st Apsley Cup. The West Wimmera Shire, the home of the launch of the Journey to the G, sponsored the Jimmy Tarpot Cup as part of their ongoing support to the 1866 and 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Teams.
Australia’s only female race caller, Victoria Shaw called the Jimmy Tarpot Cup which was won by local footballer Dale Smith in a time of 15:01 seconds, 1:01 seconds outside the time set by Jimmy Tarpot at the MCG 150 years earlier. Each of the five finalists signed the Message Book as part of the celebrations of the achievement of Jimmy Tarpot 150 years earlier.
Jimmy Tarpot was part of the Aboriginal Cricket Team that played against the Melbourne Cricket Club at the MCG on Boxing Day in 1866. On December 28 the Aboriginal team conducted a sports day at the MCG with a highlight being Jimmy Tarpot running 100 yards backwards in 14 seconds.
Jimmy (born Murrumgunerrimin) missed the Aboriginal Cricket Team’s tour of England in 1868 due to injury. He returned to Apsley and became a highly respected wool classer in the district