Melbourne Cup sweepstake


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.

I’m picking:

#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?

First French jockey to win Melbourne Cup


Gerald Mosse who rode Americain to victory in the Melbourne Cup is the first Frenchman to win the race in 150 years.

Maluckyday (my pick for third) was second and the favourite So You Think was third.

Melbourne Cup picks


The 150th Melbourne Cup race takes place today.

The 24 horses running are:

1 Shocking – 24
2 Campanologist – 19
3 So You Think – 3
4 Zipping – 16 
5 Illustrious Blue – 9 
6 Mr Medici – 5
7 Shoot Out – 17
8 Americain – 12
9 Tokai Trick – 4 
10 Buccellati – 21 
11 Descarado – 1
12 Harris Tweed – 13 
13 Manighar – 20
14 Master O’Reilly – 18
15 Moncao Consul- 14
16 Profound Beauty – 22
17 Zavite – 7
18 Bauer – 2
19 Holberg – 10 
20 Precedence – 15 
21 Red Ruler – 8 
22 Linton – 23
23 Once Were Wild – 11 
24 Maluckyday – 6 

The favourite is So You Think.

More than $140 million is bet on the race on the Tote throughout Australia.

My money won’t be contributing to that but if it was my highly unscientific and ill-informed picks are:

Illustrious Blue ( almost anything blue is good).

Harris Tweed (in deference to my tartan genes and because it’s made of wool).

Maluckyday (almost every day could be if you think positively – and PDM left a omment in yesterday’s quiz recommending it).

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