If you’re looking to place a bet on the horse race that stops a nation today, there are plenty of travel and tourism-related names to choose from.
How about Trip To Paris for a name with a travel ring? It’s an Irish horse, and one of the favourites, due to be ridden by jockey Tommy Berry.
Then there’s Bondi Beach. What name could be more Aussie and tourism-related than that? Another Irish horse, it will be ridden by Brett Prebble.
The United States. That sounds a goodie. So where would a horse named The United States be trained? In Ireland, of course.
Plenty of Irish and New Zealand horses dot the field this year, but it’s a Japanese-trained horse that’s top favourite. Fame Game has been tipped by some to become the second Japanese-trained horse to gallop away with Australia’s richest thoroughbred racing prize.
Then again, who wants to back a favourite? Outsiders are much less likely to come in, true, but when they do, the money rolls.
Picking a Melbourne Cup winner is such a chancy game that omen bets or name bets may be just as sound a technique as following form.
Here’s a good name to consider: Gust of Wind, another Kiwi nag. New Zealand is doing well in sporting endeavours lately.
“I put all my cash on a Gust of Wind,” has a certain class to it.
Max Dynamite from France will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, no mean jockey.
Who Shot Thebarman is a fine and inventive name. Another from New Zealand.
Say, where have all the Australian horses gone?
The Melbourne Cup (officially the Emirates Melbourne Cup) is as much about hats as horses.
Virgin Australia has worked that out and launched a Hat Valet service to provide first-class handling of a racegoer’s most important fashion accessory, the headpiece, for customers travelling from Sydney to Melbourne during this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.
Services in the airline’s flagship Sydney Lounge include complimentary blow-dries and hair styling, make up touch ups, ModelCo make up kits, and a dedicated shoe shining service by social enterprise franchise, Buffed.
Written by Peter Needham