“This story first appeared in: The Sydney Morning Herold – http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/man-of-his-people-finally-gets-his-due-20131103-2wv1k.html” on Monday, November 4, 2013
Melbourne Cup Day 2013 held special significance for our own Jim’s Antennas franchisee, Chris Reys, as it was on this day 40 years ago that his father, Frank Reys, overcame multiple challenges to win Australia’s most famous race on Gala Supreme.
Frank navigated the race from the outside barrier (No.24) and steered his mount home to nab the favourite on the post. Frank was the first and still the only indigenous Australia to salute in the race. Although Frank passed on several years ago, his family was present in the committee room at Flemington to celebrate the 40 year anniversary. Chris and his family rubbed shoulders with celebrities and sports stars and reminisced about Frank and his heroic deeds. It seems Chris may be able to take some credit for the win, as after drawing barrier 24, Frank became despondent about his horse’s chances before Chris set him back on course with some timely advice.
Chris spoke very fondly of his father when I spoke to him, and it was very evident that Frank did his entire family proud. We are glad you had a fantastic day at this year’s Melbourne Cup with your family. Well done Chris.