The race and the jockey were Australian, the horse was New Zealand born and trained and its owners are its trainer, Gary Hennessy, and two Hong Kong businessmen Andrew Wong and Stephen Yang.
On August 30:
1797 English author Mary Shelley was born.
1835 the city of Melbourne was founded.
1836 the city of Houston was founded.
1871 Nobel prize winning chemist Ernest Rutherford was born at Brightwater, near Nelson.
1908: US Actor Fred MacMurray was born.
1912 Nancy Wake, New Zealand born British secret agent.
1930 US entrepreneur Warren Buffet was born.
1937 Bruce McLaren, racing car driver, designer, engineer and inventor, was born.
1943 French skier Jean-Claude Killy was born.
1946 US actor Peggy Lipton was born.
1972 US actor Cameron Diaz was born.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.
I’m having one of those fortnights this week so just caught up with this in yesterday’s Press over breakfast:
A Melbourne punter thinks National will win New Zealand’s election and has plunged $A 10,000 ($NZ12,720) on John Key’s party. The punter stands to win $A13,500 with Australian betting agency Centrebet if National wins the election later this year.
Centrebet has since firmed National in to $1.30 with Labour the outsider at $3.35.
“It’s one of the biggest bets so far, but we also have a London punter who’s placed L2000 ($NZ5,300) on Key at $1.30,” Centrebet political analyst Neil Evans said.
However, he said Clark has not been friendless in the betting, with a Christchuch punter recently backing her at $3.15, while an earlier Wellington punter staked $1000 on her at $2.65.
Would it be unkind to point out this could prove that only losers are backing Labour?
National opened three months ago at $1.47 and Labour at $2.62.
Over at The Inquiring Mind Adam Smith has copied a letter to the editor of the NZ Herald from Labour president Mike Williams in which he argues that polls are losing their predictive value.
I wonder what he thinks about betting agences? They can be wrong, but their businesses thrive because they’re right more often.