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Turf Deli Free Form Guides and Tips - Melbourne Cup Newsletter 2011

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Flemington Track Guide


Major Race Days

Melbourne Cup Day

Still a well dressed crowd, but of course the public can be more like a big day out for anyone with a full to the brim esky and a spare animal costume lying about.

Actually, the culture of wearing bizarre costumes to The Cup does seem to have died down over the last decade or so. Gone are the glory days of flocks of guys trekking into the course, dressed in nun habits. Or guys dressed as fairies. Or guys dressed in drag. Or guys dressed as bumble bees. Or the timeless comedy that is tuxedo tops and board short bottoms. The wife / girlfriend is normally at home, watching the TV, cringing in embarrassment.

The VRC are fully aware of this concerning decline of wacky costume antics, and are doing their best to attract the particularly sort after gorilla market back to the races.

Crowd regularly tops 100,000 plus.


Additional Notes

No alcohol
If you travel by train you cannot take alcohol in through the station gates. If you do have a large esky that you have carefully packed to the rim with grog and now find that you cannot take it in through the station gates, it is physically impossible to quickly drink its contents in ten minutes on the station and then proceed on with the day as planned . Don't even try. Many have tried - all have failed.

The members
Flemington is all about the members, class, style and prestige. The upper levels of the new members stand, with grand views over the course and the straight are probably worth the additional money. The view is utterly spectacular. We do have to say though that the fights in the public are much better. The most action you see in the members is the angry flapping of a handkerchief.

The last train
Always check what time the last train in and out of Flemington is. These details are normally available on the VRC website for each race day. Anthropologically speaking it is worthwhile just the once catching the very last train from Flemington on a major race day. Just don't do it sober.

Racehorse bars
Listen to the public destroy the names of racing finest. "Hey mate, meet you at the Bernie Bar in ten minutes" That would the be BERNBOROUGH bar, winner of 15 consecutive races including the Newmarket and the Doomben Cup.

Regular punters
Few and far between. Pity the poor soul trying to bet in Doomben.

Leave Early
It is actually worth considering leaving before the last race. Whilst the influx is spread out over the day, even with two train stations running at full capacity the trains are packed for a solid two hours after the last. Guess it really depends how comfortable you feel about cuddling up nice and close with the other race goers on the way home.

Sweaty Seconds
There is no greater pride for a horse to be covered in the winning blanket for the feature race of the day. The runner up though just hopes that his jockey does not fire in a successful protest cause there is nothing worse than sweaty seconds.

Melbourne Cup Walk of Fame
Flemington does a great job of recognising the long history associated with the racecourse. If you are coming in from the car park, walk through the covered Walk of Fame, just like the Hollywood stars, but they are all Cup winners. It is also great for playing an impromptu game of Melbourne Cup Winner hopscotch on the way home.

Racecourse Tours
For a small fee you can do a race course tour, which will take you around the course, the stables and the mounting yard. Little hint - the tour hits the mounting yard just after the horses have left for the next race, so time your tour for the Melbourne Cup and stride through the mounting yard like a person of much importance.

Occupy Flemington
Following on from the Occupy Melbourne movement, watch out for the Occupy Flemington movement. Here a group a well heeled socialites and celebrities are going to refuse to leave their lavish marquee until at least all the photo opportunities are gone, and maybe even as long as it takes for the free alcohol to run out. Chant after us "We are the one percent"...

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Offer closes when they jump in the Melbourne Cup Tuesday 01/11/2011

Last Week's Results

Derby Day Bonanza

We had a pretty good day out on Derby Day, and it wasn't because the sun miraculously appeared out of nowhere.

From 9 races there were five winners on top. Fair enough that included three short priced favourites, but we also found the value winner in the Derby as our top pick, as well as the quinella, and our detailed form summary for the main race was spot on yet again.

Race 1 : 1-GALAH 1st W=$1.30, Quin = $6.20
Race 3 : 1-ATLANTIC JEWEL 1st W=$1.30
Race 4 : 1-SEPOY 1st W=$1.20, Quin = $5.90
Race 5 : 8-GLASS HARMONIUM 1st W=$6.30
Race 6 : 5-SANGSTER 1st W=$14.80, Quin = $43.50

Even better, we made the Derby winner the Best Each Way Bet of the Day meaning the Betting Portfolio made a nice profit. There were even some very nice running doubles going with the Derby winner, seeing we were keen to lay the favourite MORE JOYOUS in the Myer, but unfortunately we couldn't find the winner of that race.

BEST EACH WAY: Race 6: 5-SANGSTER $10 EW 1st W=$14.80, P=$3.80 = $186

LAY OF THE DAY : Race 7 : 1-MORE JOYOUS at around $2.60 7th W=$2.70

The Betting Portfolio is back in the black again - only just though

2011 Spring Campaign : 14 weeks - 5 profits - 7 returns - 2 wipe outs - Net : $+33

View last week's Derby Day 2011 results

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See how our tips and Betting Portfolio are faring at the Bottom Line.

This Week's Free Form Guide

Flemington - Melbourne Cup - 1st Nov 2011


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If you are heading out to races during Cup Week check out our Flemington Track Guide.

Handy hints with associated nonsense about where to meet, where to hang out and how to avoid the queues on course.

Notes :
- It always pays to know where the sturdy, spacious permanent toilet blocks are. If you go out the back of the course, towards the main car park, past the book makers ring, just near the Flemington Heritage centre there is a major, solid, permanent and very under utilised toilet blocks. No frustrating lines for the ladies in their race day finest.


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Betfair First Bet Free

BETFAIR's current offer is a refund up to $100 on your first bet if it loses.

Great if you are a small bettor and always dreamed of having a ping at one at odds in a feature race over the spring.

You can sign up, have a ping, and if it wins - collect big, if not, back to the drawing board and just bet as normal. After the first bet, you can place your normal TAB bets through BETFAIR as well as they link in with the Tasmanian TAB.

Always read the Terms and Conditions on these offers - to make sure you make the most of them. Note that the offer is not valid for VIC and SA residents. The bet has to be a single bet of up to $100, so you can't split it across a horse at different odds. Our recommendation would be to use the BETFAIR Starting Price option.

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