This didn’t worry him until he had a daughter called Hippodameia. Despite her ugly name she grew up to be stunningly beautiful. To stave off suitors OENOMAUS challenged all-comers to a long-distance chariot race. Win and you obtain the hand of his daughter — lose and your life is forfeit. The prospective grooms were even given a half-hour start.
Of course there was a catch. OENOMAUS’s horses were a gift from ARES and they could go like the clappers. Twelve princely suitors ended with their heads on poles and OENOMAUS boasted that he was going to build a temple of skulls to ARES.
Then PELOPS, suitor number thirteen, turned up with some winged horses he had been given by POSEIDON. This was a little worrying. Even more worrying was when PELOPS cheated and bribed Myrtilus, charioteer of OENOMAUS, to substitute wax axle pins.
We have a winner. ‘Here Comes the Bride...’