Thank you for all of your wonderful tips from the Horsing Around With A Race That Stops A Nation post.
The race has now been run and the winners and losers sorted. Champagne has been drunk and bunions have been formed. Time to put the fascinators away for another year.
After the resounding Tres Blue backing from the blogosphere, I placed a small bet on the horse. You’ll be happy to know he finished 22nd out of a field of 24. So I guess the trainer and owner are now Petit Blue.
But fear not, dear readers for that is not where the story ends.
After a more thorough analysis of the form guide and deciding that the pink stripe on the jockey’s fabric of Fiorente was more purple than pink if you squint hard enough and look at it in a tunnel, I placed a bet on the favourite.
AND SHE WON!!!
In addition to that I drew another horse which came second in the office sweep, so a somewhat profitable day all around.
Where things get a bit murky is the somewhat predictable love note I found from the local council placed under my windshield wiper when I returned to my car after my hard day at work. After running a little late for work that morning, I went through my usual routine of parking my car near the bus stop. The bus stop happens to be near a racecourse. Parking is usually tight, but on Melbourne Cup day it is at a premium. Lucky for me I still scored a spot in the morning. The kicker is that parking in this street is two hours only for non-residents. Normally, I run the gauntlet and park there anyway as the street is seldom monitored. You can see where this is going, can’t you?
Being late it only occurred to me that my parked car was really low hanging fruit for the parking police when I was half way into work. Plump, juicy and ripe for the picking on race day. And plucked it was.
The state of the ledger is therefore:
total family winnings on Melbourne Cup – $152
total payment to NSW State Government for the privilege of going to work – $101
- funds available for the Curtain Raiser retirement fund – $51
My family has kindly donated their winnings to the fund which will be used to increase parking restriction awareness in its members and avoid any more contribution to the low hanging fruit crop.
There was a sad postscript to the race. One of the horses, a mare, was put down immediately after for a broken leg. The decision for the horse to be euthanized was not without controversy. To get the fully story, click here.