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to picking the Melbourne Cup winner - 31st October
defence of the Melbourne Cup makes him the benchmark
horse for tomorrow's running of the great race.
the favourite and the topweight, the French stayer
is a logical choice, but winning the cup two years
in a row has always been a difficult task and how
he stacks up against other historical aspects of the
race also have be taken into account.
five horses have won the cup two or more times.
great Makybe Diva won it three years in a row from
2003 to 2005 but the only other horses to win in successive
years were the first ever winner Archer (1861-62),
Rain Lover (1968-69) and Think Big (1974-75), while
Peter Pan won in split years (1932 and 1934).
will carry the prestigious number one as the topweight
and since saddlecloths were first recorded in 1877,
it has won 10 cups, second only to number four, (Drunken
Sailor) and number 12 (Red Cadeaux) with 11 wins each.
Cranach has drawn gate 11, the same barrier Americain
won from last year, and which has won a record eight
cups since barriers were first allocated in 1924 and
six since starting stalls as we know them, were first
used in 1958.
bogey barrier is 18 (Hawk Island) which is winless.
a horse's name has been a popular way for many to
make their cup selection and clearly horses starting
with the initial "T" (The Verminator and
Tullamore) have had the edge in the cup with 16 wins.
and five-year-olds share a record 43 cups each but
the recent trend has been towards the more seasoned
six-year-olds have only won 29 cups, six have been
in the past 13 years while two of 10 seven-year-old
winners figure in the same period.
at the jockeys, and it is best to choose those with
plain-bodied silks (56 wins) such as Jukebox Jury,
Fox Hunt, Illo, Lost In the Moment, Modun, At First
Sight and Shamrocker.
is best to follow in-form horses as 20 of the 30 winners
have won or placed at their last start.
would be the 27th outright favourite to win the cup
while seven equal favourites have won but horses at
$9 and $11 have been the most successful with 12 and
14 wins respectively.
at $5 and $17 (11 wins each) and $6 (10 wins) also
have good records while there have been 16 winners
at $31 or longer. *Prediction: *Illo from Fox Hunt,
Tullamore, and Shamrocker.
Cup News: Sarah Jessica Parker Mate Kristin Davis
Scratched From Cup Trip, by Greg Tingle - 25th October
actress Sarah Jessica Parker of 'Sex and the City'
fame will soon be in Melbourne to both promote her
new film and also to take in Oaks Day as well as perhaps
the Melbourne Cup.
We heard Sydney's eastern suburbs are near the top
of Parkers' favourite Australian destination, however
she is contractually obligated to attend Melbourne.
the racing - fashion - celeb news at the races?
Charlotte York (SATC) aka Kristin Davis was originally
tipped to be joining Sarah Jessica Parker for Oaks
Day at Flemington as a guest of Crown Limited.
understood the 'Sex and the City' bombshell had Davis
as the one to accompany her during her Melbourne stay,
and to help promote her new film, 'I Don't Know How
She Does It', and slotted into the Crown marquee in
the Elms enclosure, but now we hear Davis is a scratching
(to use a horsey term).
has had a lot going on in her life as of late, included
just adopting baby Gemma Rose
Parker is confirmed for the movie press conference
at Crown Casino on Tuesday 1st November and will be
doing the red carpet premiere at Crown following day.
a hotel - resort in Melbourne's CBD would love for
Parker to be their guest. No prizes for guessing how
is most likely in the running.
flick be released nationally on November 3.
Jessica Parker Heading To Melbourne Crown For Movie
Premiere - 25th October 2011
actress Sarah Jessica Parker of 'Sex and the City'
fame will soon be in Melbourne to both promote her
new film and also to take in Oaks Day as well as the
get us wrong. She just loves Sydney (and its great
weather and beaches), but its in Melbourne where she
will get to mix business and pleasure.
American beauty and talented producer will attend
the traditional Ladies Day at Flemington in November
when she heads to Melbourne for the first time to
promote her flick, I Don't Know How She Does It.
also been told she's going to be a very guest at the
Crown Casino Marquee, one of the most exclusive, as
you might have guessed.
Limited PR General Manager Ann Peacock advised they
were delighted to welcome the New York fashion icon
a perfect match on this most traditional of race days,"
Ms Peacock said.
new movie, 'I Don't Know How She Does It', also staring
Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks from Mad Men and
Pierce Brosnan, focuses on the life of Parker, a mum-of-two
balancing work and family life.
press conference is to be held on Tuesday 1st November
At Crown's complex and the Australian premiere is
on Wednesday 2nd November, also at Crown.
rumoured that Ms Parker will be staying at the exclusive
Crown Towers, where other actors such as Tom Cruise
and his actress wife Katie Holmes have also stayed
when doing Melbourne. Crown have not confirmed her
rumoured stay at this stage.
Limited top dog, James Packer and his world class
team continue to impress with their continues successes
into the broad entertainment and lifestyle sector.
If the entertainment business has elements of being
a game, Mr Packer and team sure look like they are
film be released nationally on November 3.
Down Under Thrilled With Americain Win at Melbourne
Cup, by Greg Tingle
bookies were hoping that So You Think would not win
Tuesdays Melbourne Cup. He was the heavily backed
favorite who ultimately ended up finishing third.
Instead it was Americain who came in first place.
The barely mentioned European-trained horse paid 12/1
odds coming into the race.
You Think had become a bona fide star in Australian
coming into this race, becoming the shortest-priced
favorite in a Melbourne Cup since Veandercross in
1992. By the AM hours he was set at $3.20.
Australia communications manager Bill Richmond told
Wide World of Sports: "There have been a string
of big bets for it over the past 24 hours, including
two bets of $40,000 and two bets of $20,000.
put up $3.70 after the barrier draw on Saturday night,
and the money for this horse has just kept rolling
down under Greg Tingle of Media Man said this on the
biggest horse race of the year, The Melbourne Cup:
Melbourne Cup is as much about corporate sponsorship,
fashion and celebs these days, as it is about the
actually horse race itself. Despite Melbourne raining
cats and dogs most of today about 100,000 people showed
up to witness the race live, and the majority of Australia
took most of the day off to watch it on television
or the web.
workplaces run sweepstakes and its the talk between
businesses, clients and associates. Real work basically
goes on hold for the day. Oh, I have a perfect system
that works every year without fail to make sure I
don't loose on the hardness race in the year to pick.
I don't bet on it, rather, we cover the race and let
people know some of the best places to place bets
on it. Good system hey. Insiders call the Melbourne
Cup a race for mug punters, but I wouldn't be so harsh.
It's a very hard race to pick winners and even places.
Enjoy the fun, fashion, drinks and women, and you
can't go wrong".
finishing order in the 2010 Melbourne Cup:
So You Think
Once Were Wild
failed to finish.
Gambling News: Melbourne Cup Day A Bookies Dream
Usually, by Greg Tingle
Melbourne Cup Day. Here's the tip. Punters, media
and and insiders have backed So You Think to do today
what no horse has done in the 150-year history of
the Melbourne Cup. Trainer Bart Cummings' latest champion
will start the warmest Cup favourite in 39 years and
is entitled to start odds-on according to two of Australia's
most respected form experts. The Melbourne Cup is
regarded as the main event on the Australian racing
calender, and is also thought to be the hardest to
pick a winner! It's a bookies dream (usually).
Packer, Warnie, Celebs Play And Party At Crown Casino...
Derby Day might have been a wash out, but Crown Casino
is on fire. Today's is Australia's 150th Melbourne
Cup, but Crown seems to be getting more than their
fair share of headlines thanks to the Packer / s -
Warnie and friends collaboration and celeb poker tourney.
The Crown Poker Room (home of the Aussie Millions
Poker Championship), played host to the annual ''Joe
Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament''.
Promo talk has it as as the most prestigious fund-raising
poker event on the social calendar, which is about
on the money.
happening nets in Australia's most successful players
(Hachem, Emad Tahtouh), high-profile sports stars
(Warne, Gary Ablett, Kevin Muscat, Aaron Hamill),
influential business leaders (James Packer, Andrew
Bassett, Michael Kroger, Andrew Fox, Jeffrey Browne),
and celebs from down under's Aussiewood (Jason Dundas,
Kris Smith, Michael Gudinski, James Matheson, Fifi
Box). They are looking to raise more than half a million
bucks for sick and needy kids in Australia via The
Shane Warne Foundation. Media Man understands that
more than 350 punters paid $1000 each to take a seat
at this event. The Packer family and the super A-list
spent Saturday night at their traditional karaoke
party, which is nestled away in one of the finest,
most exclusive parts of the casino.
you might imagine the Victoria Racing Club is praying
for much better weather today for The Cup after Saturday's
raining cats and dogs which turned Flemington's Birdcage
and many of its guests into quite the country barn
yard, with jokes among patrons and staff of mud wrestling,
Noah's Ark, Mission: Impossible, Water World being
a bit of light relief. We'll be getting back to our
vast and loyal readership with more from Crown Casino
and the tourney very soon, so stay tuned. Well done
Crown Casino, Packer, Warnie and all you 'Aussie Gumleaf
Mafia' out there. It's a been a huge week in the world
of casino and poker news, and we're pleased to finish
on this high note.
Casino Proposal Still Alive; Not Dead Yet!...
ALP says a proposal for a casino in Mildura is not
dead, despite the Coalition and Greens refusing to
support it. The Government has always indicated the
casino would require bipartisan to go ahead but the
Opposition parties now say the social costs are too
high. However, the ALP's Member for Northern Victoria,
Candy Broad, says an interdepartmental inquiry looking
at the $400 million project will run its course. "We
believe the Nationals and Liberals are letting down
Victorians in the Mildura region by refusing to even
support an investigation into the social and economic
impacts of the proposal," she said. "The
fact is that no-one can be certain what the social
and economic impacts of this proposal are until they
have been assessed. "It remains our view that
this proposal could potentially create jobs and investment
in the area, that is why we set up an interdepartmental
(inquiry) committed to look at the proposal and evaluate
its impact on the Mildura region - we intend to continue
with that investigation."
Sector Compensated For Online Betting!...
Australia's racing industries have reached a settlement
they say will ensure them adequate compensation as
punters increasingly turn to the internet to bet.
Bookmaker Sportsbet has dropped legal action that
was blocking payments being made to horse and greyhound
racing in SA. Thoroughbred Racing SA estimates the
breakthrough will mean an annual return from all online
bookmakers of approximately $5.5 million annually
for its operations. Chief executive Jim Watters believes
the success of the negotiations was critical for prize
money and the future of racing generally. "Without
the introduction of that (payment) very seriously
it was going to undermine the racing industry in South
Australia," he said.
Singleton And Mark Carnegie Buy Bellevue Hotel; Pokie
VS Entertainment Debate...
advertising and horse racing king John Singleton and
investment banker friend Mark Carnegie are set to
add to their pub empire with the purchase of Paddington
landmark (in Sydney) The Bellevue Hotel. The famous
watering hole in Hargrave Street is owned by well-known
chef Damien Pignolet. His co-owner, psychologist Ron
White, passed away in May while on a walking holiday
in Britain. The pair bought The Bellevue from publican
Susie Carleton and political lobbyist Eric Walsh for
$5.5 million in 2004. Under Carleton and Walsh's 25-year
Bellevue was a renowned Labor party haunt, the scene
of wild celebrations for former Aussie PM Paul Keating's
''True Believers'' victory and an even wilder one
to celebrate the life of Labor stalwart Mick Young.
The purchase price for The Bellevue has not been disclosed
as yet. Singleton and Carnegie have bought a string
of hotels this year including Kinselas in Darlinghurst
for $12 million and the Manly hotel The Steyne for
about $28 million. They also bought the Peakhurst
Hotel earlier this year from bankrupt publican Richard
Wynne for about half the $20 million that Mr Wynne
paid for it only a year earlier. The pub investments
are being done through Carnegie and Singleton's bankrolling
of the Riversdale group, run by Paddy Coughlan and
hotel industry has slumped over the past 18 months.
Many hotels have been selling for greatly reduced
prices. According to Coughlan, many publicans have
relied too heavily on profits from poker machines
and have not paid enough attention to hospitality.
The consortium's plans for Kinselas include refurbishment
of the upstairs bar and the opening of an entertainment
venue on the third floor. It is likely that Singleton
and Carnegie will add more pubs to their impressive
portfolio. Coughlan said the group had between $50
and $100 million to buy distressed hotels. ''Once
we reach our initial target of $100 million we plan
to take the distressed pub fund public with the backing
of our consortium and investors,'' Coughlan has said
previously. Singo is understood to have an interest
in getting into the online gambling sector and raping
up the horse racing sector on the internet, and Media
Man will be putting forward a proposal on this in
the coming months. Watch this space.
Gambling Wars: Tatts Group Eyes Tabcorp!...
Group chief Dick McIlwain has confirmed his company's
interest in acquiring Tabcorp's wagering and gaming
business. He revealed that he would be closely monitoring
his rival's planned demerger over the coming months.
Speaking outside the Tatts AGM a couple of days ago,
McIlwain said the two companies had held numerous
discussions about potential transactions over recent
years but had failed to agree on price.
part of (Tabcorp's) business -- the gambling business
-- is of some interest to us. It's the same kind of
business as us," he told News Limited "It's
got to happen first. We've got to see the consequences
of (the demerger) and what it does for the share price
of the ongoing part of the business. We're not in
in Tabcorp have risen strongly since the company last
week announced its plan to split its casinos business
from the main gaming and wagering group. Several analysts
say the move will position the company for a takeover.
Mr McIlwain agreed that the demerger had merit, pointing
out that the business of running casinos and hotels,
which typically required significant ongoing investment
for facility upgrades, was different to running a
gambling business where cashflows and earnings were
it does do is it makes it easier for investors to
choose. It makes it easier for shareholders and makes
it easier for acquirers as well," he said.
Tatts only recently completed its acquisition of NSW
Lotteries, which it expects to contribute a further
$120 million in operating earnings by 2014, Mr McIlwain
said a sound balance sheet ensured the company remained
"opportunistic" and "acquisition-enabled".
recently reported a $119m profit for the year to June
30, down from $277.4m the previous year on the back
of a writedown to its loss-making British gaming venture
Talarius. Following a tough period for most companies
exposed to discretionary spending, signs of renewed
confidence in the economy were starting to emerge.
McIlwain said. "Consumers, punters, players .
. . have started to put their hands deeper into their
pockets now," he said.
told the meeting that revenue and profits across the
group had improved since July 1. And while he noted
that the analysts' consensus was for underlying operating
earnings to increase from $560m to $650m in 2011.
It appears there's a strong chance that Tatt's will
grab Tabcorp's wagering business, but this may take
months or even over a year to happen. First the demerger,
than things should fall into place.
er, punters, how did you like our report today? Who's
looking good for the Melbourne Cup? Any favorite games
we should know about? Tell us in the forum.
you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over
it, and for God's sake, have fun.
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