On Manikato Stakes night 2014, as Lankan Rupee was making his way around the final turn, Daniel Andrews was quietly taken to hospital with what multiple doctors were calling the worst case of Tinea they had ever seen. It had spread from his feet, to his groin, to his armpits and then through the entire Victorian Lower House. The public health response was rapid and effective. Canesten cream and sandpaper were stockpiled.  All open bowls of beer nuts were subsequently banned. The swift crushing of this first wave of Toe Jam were portents to the incredible handling of the 2020 Covid outbreak.

As the Groper recalled, “It was like the f##king monkey house in there Windbag. Two weeks after the outbreak we had to replace the shag carpet in 90% of the Parliament Building. They rubbed themselves raw on it”.


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