Australia's first official bullfight took place at Penrith, near Sydney, on Sunday (28 September) ...?
Australia's first official bullfight took place at Penrith, near Sydney, on Sunday (28 September) ... and it turned out to be a victory for the bull.
Spanish migrant Pedro Sidoti will go down on the record books as Australia's first matador, but his performance against Toro -- a 680 kilogramme (1,490 pound) Brahman bull -- in the improvised ring would never have caught the eyes of talent scouts at home.
Animal protection officials had stipulated that Pedro could not use a sword, so armed with only a fast pair of legs and the traditional matador's red cape, he faced the bull, dwarfed by its size. Toro looked bored by the whole proceedings, and circled the ring, occasionally snorting at the ten thousand strong crowd of curious spectators.
Then he decided to act. A swift charge, a brief encounter ... and Pedro hit the dust with a little help from the bull's horns. But his troubles had not ended there. As the matador lay outstretched on the ground, an official car, speeding to his rescue, almost ran him over.
Toro decided that was not fair ... and began to chase the car carrying the dust-covered Pedro.
Nothing daunted, Pedro tried his mediatorial skills against the bull again. The brave 5 foot 3 inch (1.6 metre) Spaniard marched into the ring again, waving his red cloak. The opponents circled each other warily ... and Pedro hit the dust a second time ... again with Toro's assistance.
In he went for a third attempt ... but Toro had decided he had enough. One look at the valiant Pedro ... and the called it a day. Two-one to the bull.
Interviewed by Australian reporter Ian Leslie after the fight, Pedro -- who says he has killed two bulls back home in Spain -- admitted that the fight had not gone as he planned. A transcript of their conversation follows: