Hall of Fame

Bert Wolfe

1897 - 1968

Wolfe was a widely respected turf writer who took his famous byline, 'Cardigan', from the 1903 Melbourne Cup winner Lord Cardigan.

After war service, Wolfe began veterinary studies, then became a racing writer. He spent four years as sports editor of the Melbourne Argus before Sir Keith Murdoch hired him for the Melbourne Herald.

He covered 21 Melbourne Cups, picking up a phone after each Cup and dictating 4000 words of copy from shorthand notes. In 1932 he accompanied Phar Lap to Agua Caliente, and was present at the horse's death.

In 1934 he exposed a notorious ring-in.

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