There are vintage years for horses as there are for wines, and for Australasian racing, the 1936 foaling season proved to be one of the best. There are also years when a trainer flicks through the pages of a sales catalogue, and one pedigree in particular figuratively jumps from the page. Such was the reaction of Kogarah trainer, Jack Cush, when he perused the catalogue of yearlings offered for sale through William Inglis in the autumn of 1938. It confirmed that a bay colt by the imported stallion Marconigram out of the former race mare Gravure was to go through the ring as Lot 47 on behalf of Messrs A. E. Thompson and Sons of Bylong station at Rylstone. Cush’s relationship with Albert Thompson and the bloodlines of this bay colt went back a long way. After all, it was Encre, the mother of Gravure, who had first launched Cush on his successful career as a racehorse trainer in Newcastle some seventeen years earlier. It was the same black mare and her progeny who had been responsible for all of his major successes in the period since; lifting him from the status of a promising country trainer to that of established metropolitan horseman in just a few short seasons. What a host of poignant memories must have flooded through the mind of Jack Cush as he studied that page of the catalogue!