Let’s not incur the wrath of Internal Affairs which warns any sweepstake with a prize worth more than $500 would be breaking the rules.
But let’s have some fun with an electronic sweepstake for this afternoon’s Melbourne Cup with an electronic batch of meringues for the winner.
TV3 has a downloadable sweepstake form which includes the important detail of jockey’s colours.
#9 Sanagas for first place – the jockey is in blue with a horseshoe on the front of his shirt.
# 20 Zabeelionaire for second – the jockey is in blue and gold, which are Otago colours and its a New Zealand horse. The only other New Zealand horse’s name is Maluckyday which appeals but the jockey’s shirt sleeves are pink.
#1 Dunaden for third sounds similar to Dunedin, the jockey’s in blue and gold and it’s a previous winner.
The form includes the jockey’s weights. Some of the heroes in Dick Francis books mutter about constant hunger and taking saunas to reduce their weight. But how do you have the strength to race when you’re not eating enough?