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Tweet TV and the Early Crow

Horse racing really struggles for mainstream media coverage except for these precious few weeks over Spring Racing Carnival.

However, this year horse racing has had great coverage via 7Two which has broadcast over twenty meetings on free to air television.

As far as we can tell the coverage has been pretty good too, with plenty of focus on the actual horses and not that much celebrity guff, but that will probably change come the big feature races in the next few weeks.

The racing industry's broadcasting company TVN did an absolute rip snorter of a deal to get the races covered.

See if you can follow the business plan here.

TVN paid Channel Seven around $2 million dollars to cover the races - even though TVN would be providing all the pictures and the video feed. Channel Seven then sold the exclusive advertising rights for something they were already getting paid to broadcast to some guy called Tom Waterhouse for another $5 million or so. Win and win again for Channel Seven who haven't stopped laughing since. We suspect TVN were a bit disappointed when they discovered the Sydney Harbour Bridge wasn't actually part of the deal. Nor exclusive ownership rights on all the cheese on the moon.

Spring racing TV coverage always has year round punters up in arms as they try to get brief glimpse of horses in between the network cross promotions and celebrity interviews. We are on course most feature meetings and don't get a chance to see much of the Channel Seven coverage, so drop us a line on the Facebook page and let us know what you think of it.

One thing we do like, love and chuckle at is Simon Marshall and Francesca Cumani walking the mounting yard ever so earnestly alongside the parading horses.

With their cordless earpiece microphones you are just waiting for them to break out into a stomping song and dance routine. At the very least, they could carry a shovel and pan and make themselves useful.

We were thinking that maybe they could expand the role and also walk alongside punters as they stroll up to the counter to place a bet, and provide a similar running commentary.

Insightful comments like:

"He seems to be moving freely, and confident in his stride, but there is a slight nervous sweat as he tries to decide which horse to chop out of the quaddie in the first leg."

"He does seem to be on his toes and looking around a fair bit, trying to find the shortest queue as they are about to jump".

"Still has his winter coat - and it definitely doesn't go with those pants. He does still seem to be carrying a fair bit of condition and will take a lot of benefit of out today's run".

The other thing we think is really missing from the racing TV coverage is live tweeting.

What is a TV program these days without a little tweet box popping up stating the bleeding obvious with inane enthusiasm ?

Just imagine how great horse racing tweeting could be. Though it should be noted that TAB betting slips were using the # symbol long before it became trendy in the social media.

"Can't wait to see ATLANTIC JEWEL's big stable room reveal."

"MANIGHAR deserves to get evicted this week - his form around the house has been really poor."

"YOSEI can sure belt out a tune, and run on late without winning - bought tears to my eyes on both occasions #hashtagnonwinner"

The possibilities are endless. What about having live tweets popping up during the race ? Tweeting during the run just seems like so much more fun than betting during the run.

If going the early crow and calling your horse home at the local TAB isn't embarrassing enough, if going the early crow and cheering like a mad man in the grandstand just isn't enough of a spectacle for you, just imagine going the early crow in front of the entire nation on live TV !

Now that is an opportunity no mug punter could turn down.


ALCOPOP hit the lead half way down the straight in last year's Caulfield Cup, but was run down by the winner. The guy madly shouting like an idiot in the grandstand quietly disappeared into the crowd never to be seen again.

Last Week's Results

Gulp - It's Guelph

Thousand Guineas Day is such a great day out of the races, a nice subdued crowd, no hoopla, no push n shove, just take it easy and enjoy the day.

The tips were mediocre at best, with just the short priced favourite on top in the main race, and two other winners in the selections. Our random number generator totally failed to pick the trifecta straight out in the 20 horse x 2000M race. Most disappointing.

The Betting Portfolio got off to a flying start with a win bet on Race 2: 6-MUJADALE 1st at W=$10.00, but even with a full day of bets ahead of us we still couldn't crack it for a profit. So far this week at Caulfield we have had 3 each way bets - who have all finished 4th, one win bet finish 2nd and three quinella bets finish in the money but without the other half. Ok, now we are starting to sound like the old guy down the TAB clutching his unlucky ticket so definitely time to move on.

2013 Spring Campaign: 11 weeks - 2 profits - 6 returns - 3 wipe outs - Net: -$277.10

View last week's Thousand Guineas 2013 results.

View the list of Horses To Follow with form links to each runner. Updated 17/10/2012.

Gasp in horror at how our tips and Betting Portfolio are faring at the Bottom Line.

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Caulfield - Caulfield Cup - 19th Oct 2013


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With the last race of the day now being the feature some are worried about there being a Caulfield Crush on the way out of the course.

Never fear - the Melbourne Racing Club have invested in the latest state of the art transport options for their patrons.

You can leave the course in style and comfort - and whilst cruising at top speed sit back and still watch people walk past you at a moderate pace.

By the time you reach the gates the crowd will be well and truly dispersed. Problem solved !



If you cast your eye out onto the course in between races, you might just catch sight of the professionalism of some jockeys.

Carefully walking the track. Pounding the ground. Watching for wear and tear. Looking for the best going to ensure they give their mounts the very best chance in the next race.

Either that - or they lost their bloody car keys during the running of the previous.


If you are heading out to Caulfield this week check out our Caulfield Track Guide .

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

Post Race Entertainment
On top of all the racing action, the Melbourne Racing Club has organised post race concerts for Thousand Guineas Day, by Birds of Tokyo, and for Caulfield Cup Day, by The Living End (26 starts, 4 wins, 3 placings).

Thankfully, neither of them will be performing Daryl Braithwaite's Horses. Although this may be considered for future years if there is any trouble getting the crowd to leave quickly at the end of the day.

Flat Screen TVs
Finally all of the old analogue TVs on the ground floor of the grandstand have been replaced with sleek new flat screen models. Which means come hard rubbish collection day there is going to be the biggest stack of dumped TVs ever on Station Street outside the course. Will be a hard rubbish free for all frenzy.

Animal Onesies
The animal onesie is our hot tip for the novelty dress item for the lawns this year. Watch out for it on Melbourne Cup day. It is interesting to note that member's dress codes do not actually explicitly exclude the wearing of the animal onesie. Try it - we dare you.

The Sleeping Monolith
We were really sad to see the grand old tote board that over looks the home straight at Caulfield had been covered up.

Guess it could have been worse, they could have gone for one of those big yellow billboards you see on freeways promoting longer lasting stuff that your email filter probably won't like.

Sure we could spend all day playing with our phone, but we loved the thrill of the numbers popping up into the frame and waiting in suspense for a surprise extra large exotic dividend to appear.

We could only look longingly towards the big sleeping monolith at the end of the straight and dream of better times.

Betfair First Bet Free

The Caulfield Cup is a great chance to have a value collect, even if you are only a smaller punter.

BETFAIR have increased their sign up offer to be a massive refund of up to $300 on your first bet if it loses.

This is your big chance to pick a roughie at odds in the Caulfield Cup and try to land a bounty.

The strategy is pretty simple. Set up a new account. Make a deposit. Then wait patiently. You have a week to place your bet.

Plonk up to $300 on the nose at one at odds when you spot a roughie you like.

If it wins - you are laughing.

If not - no drama, you get your money back and can start again and go back to betting normally.

Always read the Terms and Conditions on these offers - to make sure you make the most of them. The offer is for new accounts and it needs to be a single bet up to $300 so you need to find a price where you can bet the $300 in one go, else use the Betfair Starting Price or Tote options.

It is a great chance for a small punter to have a serious collect - with no risk.

Every week over spring we are going to pick out a horse at better than $10 to have a $300 no risk ping on.

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