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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - October 30, 2016

Melbourne Cup History Trivia ..... and TIPS!


1 What do the names LIGHT FINGERS and RED HANDED have in common?
  Both relate to picking pockets/ same sire/ both won the Cup/Bart Cummings
2 Common link? Briseis/ Sheila Laxon/ Michelle Payne?
  1st female HORSE - TRAINER - JOCKEY to win Cup
3 According to racing superstition - why should Arwon and Light Fingers NOT have been lucky enough to win the CUP? Or EXOSPHERIC THIS YEAR?
  They all had CHANGED NAMES


• Biggest weight ever carried to win ?  Carbine 1890 10st 5 lb (66k)
• Lightest weight? Banker 5st 4lb 1863 (33.5k)
• Biggest weight ever carried?  Phar Lap 1931 10sthave been lucky 10 lb (68ks) ran 8th
(Phar Lap 3rd in 1929  won 1930 with 9st 12lb shortest priced winner ever 11/8 ON! Only odds on winner EVER!)
•Greatest Melbourne Cup Candidate EVER was Shadow King .. between 1930 and 1935 he started 6 times and finished 2nd twice 3rd twice 4th & 5th )
• William Evan  winner in 1907 Apologue with 7st 9lb (weighed in unconscious after shedding … they say …10 k )

• FIVE horses owned my Sheik Mohammed and Lloyd Williams has 3.

• Jim's tips: 6    19 20 21 23

The Pondering Punter
C.J. Dennis

I've been watching them for weeks;
And if anybody speaks
Of a likely candidate, I test the truth
Of every tip and claim.
I am well up in the game,
And I follow form and figures like a sleuth.

I am fairly saturated
In the hopes and fears debated
By the seers and scribes who write the sporting notes.
I've the favourite's every feat;
Times, weight, distance . . . all complete.
And a black list, too . . . of all the hairy goats!

Now then, this one has a chance,
Certain winner at first glance,
But, his weight!  Well, that one carries ten pounds less.
But the scribes, with strange insistence,
Say he cannot do the distance.
Well then, this one?  Odds too short!  Oh, what a mess.
Ah!  And what about this other?
He has breeding, he's full brother
To . . . but someone told me was over-trained.
Hang it all!  I was forgetting . . .
Here's the nag for my tote betting . . .
Good long odds . . . but wait . . . I've heard his fetlock's strained.

What about this fast outsider?
Um!  He's got a rotten rider.
Well this?  If he could beat that he might win.
Or this! Or that might win it.
But . . . if . . . isn't it the limit?
Give it up! . . . Has anybody got a pin


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