I know what will win the Melbourne Cup. Your personal guide to the race that stops a nation, horse by horse!

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Popular Culture et al, Sport
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I don’t, of course. Just another nonsense headline to grab blog hits. (I am trying to prove a point here.)

But big ups to Yahoo 7 sport for the excellent coverage of the field for the Melbourne Cup, (very useful for our overseas readers), and a day for which, thank the Lord, we actually have a public holiday in Victoria.


The Melbourne Cup is just hours away

The biggest sporting event, and social event, in Australia.

Are we the only nation in the world that has a gazetted public holiday for a horse race? How very civilised it is, to be sure.

Anyway, over 90,000 people are cramming into Flemington as I write, and the field looks to be one of the best in years. (Read: too hard to pick a winner with any certainty, so be cautious in your outlays.)

Can popular last-winner Americain do it again? Peut-etre. He certainly looks fit, fast, and up for it. But close-priced favourites in this big race often run second or third, I have noted, pipped at the post by some unexpected outsider.

I have an eye for Lucas Cranach and Drunken Sailor. I also like Drunken Sailor’s all blue colours. There’s that – and the fact that my brother was a navigator for many years (and not averse to the odd tipple) is scientific reasoning enough for me.

Then again, what do I know? I’m also tempted to have a romantic punt on a horse that could well run stone motherless last, called “Lost in the Moment”. A bit of a metaphor for the whole country, really.

Good luck everyone.

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