Teleplay wins Race 6: Jim Beam Stakes
Garner wins Race 5: Schweppervescence Plate
Shared Ambition wins Race 4: The Macca’s Run
Sure Knee wins Race 3: TAB Trophy
Melbourne Cup tips
Bravo Tango wins Race 2: Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy
Aryaaf wins Race 1: Darley Ottowa Stakes
Good morning, sports fans. Melbourne Cup day, I presume. The race that stops, and divides, a nation. It means many different things to many different folk.
To some (Victorians), it’s an excuse to indulge in a long dinner the night before, disable the alarm clock and spend the morning over a coffee rifling through the form guide (or, if the nags isn’t your thing, gleefully spending the day off work for reasons you don’t quite understand). For others, it’s reason enough to dust off the glad rags and get your backside trackside. For many, it’s the one day a year you’ll have a bet. And regardless of your view on the Melbourne Cup, as a nation we go a bit crazy on it – last year $115 million was wagered on the cup with Tabcorp alone, and the wagering company estimates three million Australians will bet with them today. Astounding.
For an increasing number, however, this is a day of sadness and regret. To many horse racing is cruel enough. But the recent revelations of cruelty and mass slaughter at Australian knackeries is another level, and the public response entirely justified. It’s incumbent on horse racing to safeguard the welfare of its equine participants and my two cents, straight on the nose, is this provides administrators with a golden opportunity to get its house in order so these atrocities can’t, and won’t, happen again.
What’s unarguable, however, is the Melbourne Cup is an Australian institution. And it’s my pleasure to bring you updates, news, views, tips (best ignored), protests, colour, fashion (not mine) and even a word or two from the horses’ mouth. But it won’t be same without your involvement. Have your say by adding a comment below, sending me an email or tweeting @scott_heinrich