Horsing Around With A Race That Stops A Nation: #NaBloPoMo

The first Tuesday in November is only days away and dear readers I need your help. I am desperately hoping your wisdom and good horse sense will see me through this important day.

fuggedaboudittNext Tuesday is Melbourne Cup day here in Australia. The Melbourne Cup is a $6million horse race which literally stops the nation. So good in fact that all of the lucky sods living in Melbourne receive a public holiday to head out to Flemington Race Course. The rest of us schlep to work and watch the event on television amist an eerie phone and keyboard silence. Which means that I have to issue this public service announcement to my international readers – if you are trying to phone Australia next Tuesday afternoon, local time between 2.45pm and 3.15pm, you might as well just stay in Brooklyn and Fuhgeddaboudit.

It is traditional for this one-day-a year punter to place a bet on the Melbourne Cup. Nothing huge, let’s just say if my horse won, the winnings would just be sufficient to purchase an upsized fast food take away meal or a taxi ride home. So fear not, I am staking the farm on your feedback.

Being a one-day-a year-punter, I’d like to say I study the form guide intently in the days leading up to the race, along with the weather conditions and race commentary. I’d like to say that, but neigh, that would be like saying that Phar Lap was just a horse. Instead I rely on a highly secret and scientific formula to choose my horses. This formula involves the intricacies of design, onomatopoeia and poetry, along with some mathematics as length and weight are taken into account. It is of course vitally important that the name of the horse one backs rolls effortlessly off the tongue and that the jockey’s stripes are beautifully colour co-ordinated. Surely, there are no other factors that determine the winner of a 3200 metre horse race?

It therefore must be patently obvious by now that I have no horse sense when it comes to picking a winner.

My general criteria for choosing the worthy candidate for my once a year flutter is a name that resonates in conjunction with a pleasing colour combination both on horse and rider and absolutely no:



So here is a link to the form guide for the race, dear readers and I need your help in choosing which horse is worthy of my once a year flutter.

My thoughts so far:

  • Simeon (19) and Red Cadeaux (3) are definitely out – too much pink
  • Super Cool (13), Masked Marvel (14) and Hawkspur (18) have great names – although is 13 an ominous sign?
  • I like the fact that Green Moon (2) and Sea Moon (4) might be related on the ethereal plane, given the commonalty of last name
  • Fiorente (6) and Tres Blue (23) are contenders because they are trained by one of the few female trainers in this country. Fiorente also happens to be the favourite, but has the disadvantage of carrying a pink stripe. (You see my dilemma?).
  • The best jockey stripe award goes to Dunaden (1). Love the whole polka dot effect and yellow is my favourite colour.

I therefore place my confidence in the blogosphere to assist with resolving this quandary. Please help a once-a-year punter out and place your suggestions in a comment below. All feedback will be gratefully considered and acknowledged and taken back to the stable without any expectation of those kind enough to contributed of having studied the form guide or having any horsey expertise.

And here’s a little something to get you all in the mood for the important task ahead.




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13 thoughts on “Horsing Around With A Race That Stops A Nation: #NaBloPoMo

  1. Darling I wish I could help but alas I am like you – I pick a name I like and the jockey colours… sad but true. Mr. S usually flukes it every time and backs the winner, after studying the form guide. I sometimes close my eyes and choose (sometimes it has worked). 😉 Yay we get a day off…hang on I have had a day off since the start of August…no thrill for me, though we are going out to a Pub for the day to have our flutter and drink way too much champagne….(hic) Check the odds in the morning…see how many they have raced (and won) and I wish you all the best. You had me laughing with this post – brilliant and I do like your thoughts re choosing- GOOD LUCK!!! XX

    • Hope you had a great day yesterday, Jen. I in fact picked a winner. Couldn’t go past Gai Waterhouse in the end despite my aversion to pink. I think the strip was more purple, at least that’s what I am telling myself :). Going to collect the winnings this morning.

  2. I’ve never been to or betted on a horse, have always wanted to though, so, in honor of you asking, I would pick Tres Blue, only because lately, I have loved the color blue… good luck!

  3. Although Super Cool is indeed a super cool name, that #13 IS a bit ominous. My favorite number has always been 23, and to find it there with Tres Blue makes this a no-brainer for me. It’s Tres Blue all the way. 🙂

  4. Well now, I think it’s important to support a female trainer in a tough male-dominated field. Since pink is out, you must go with Tres Blue which also has the added advantage of a cool name and color.

  5. I never seem to pick many winners so I don’t know that my recommendation is reliable, but I’ll say Tres Blue for much the same reason as others have said.

    Good luck!

    Tossing It Out

    • Tres Blue definitely had the bloggers on side. Picking a winner seems totally like a role of the dice for me. The race was run yesterday and will probably be the topic of my post tonight 🙂

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