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Oaks Day Off

The VRC has been running a clever internet and social media campaign playing on the concept of taking Oaks Day off, to give hints on how to convince your boss to give you the day off work.

It is always surprising to non-Melbournians that you can get crowds of up to 100,000 people at the races on a work day.

It just goes to show the great Melbourne love of sport.

Personally, we always thought they should just make the whole of Cup Week a holiday regardless, it is not like anyone with an interest in racing does any practical work for the week.

The truth is Oaks Day has actually been a little off for the last few years, and we are really not sure why.

It has been interesting to watch the anthropological and social evolution of Oaks Day.

Back in the early 1990s it was largely a small meeting mainly for suburban mums to have a day at the races.

Somewhere along the line, the male half of the population clued on that this meant that there were actually more females than males, which meant the odds of backing a winner were indeed in their favour. Or at the very least they could delude themselves that they were in with a chance. That was, until the day became Blokes Day instead as the sex ratio see sawed..

Believe it or not, it was actually racing administrator Robert Bagot (who is more famous these days for his New Year's Day staying race), in the mid 1850s who first discovered that "where ladies went, men would follow" when he decided to offer two ladies tickets to the Cup for each member.

Oaks Day exploded over a ten year period from the mid 1990s with crowds jumping from around 50,000 to a whopping 110,000 in 2004. There were a few years there where the Oaks pulled a bigger crowd than the Cup. The VRC started to think about renaming this week as "Oaks Week". Then strangely, the crowd numbers have slid back again, dropping to only around 70,000 the last few years, whilst Stakes Day has taken off and overtaken it.

Which actually means Oaks Day is by far the most relaxing day at the races during Cup Week. The crowds are very manageable, there is less hustle and bustle and it is a nice, chilled day out.

We have always wondered though why they don't run this meeting as a twilight meeting?

Kicking off around 1pm or 2pm finishing after 7pm it would mean the CBD office crowd could work a half day or finish work early and nick out to the races and still catch most of the day. It would also avoid the train shortage during peak hour as there are not enough trains to go around.

So, keep an eye out on Oaks Day this year and work out whether it is on, or off, or just in standby mode.

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Last Week's Results

Totally Gai

Gai Waterhouse held high court on Cup Day and the entire racecourse was buzzing with her enthusiasm and energy. The scenes of the crowd turning to applaud her in the grandstand after the race will go down as classic Cup footage.

The Cup runner detailed form comments weren't too far off the mark, rating the horses who filled the first four placings as solid win or place chances. Once again, we firmly refused to get sucked in by the media hype about internationals who had not raced here before, and it has now been 20 years and close to 100 runners from overseas who have attempted to win the Cup without running here first - and all have failed. And yet, we still get the same people, the same racing media people, every single year talking about how strong / mighty / powerful / best ever the visitors are.

Sure, on sheer weight of numbers eventually one will break though, but we are still well ahead for the last 15 years of ignorance.

The tips kicked off Cup Day with a bang. Our top pick and best roughie ran a huge race at W=$45.60 to finish 3rd, and we looked to be in for a great day when we snared the $209 quinella in the selections in Race 3. From then on it was all down hill though and we barely managed a blip on the rest of the card, as a most rare phenomenon occurred - favourites actually winning on Cup Day. Which meant both Lays Of the Day won, and in fact they have won an embarrassing 3 from 3 this week.

Despite starting off so well the Betting Portfolio couldn't manage another collect for the day, so racked up yet another loss.

BEST ROUGH: Race 2: 5-REMEMBA HOWE 2nd W=$45.60, P=$10.00

Race 3: 20-LIKE A CAROUSEL, 9-MUJADALE 1st W=$17.10, Quin = $209.70

2013 Spring Campaign: 15 weeks - 2 profits - 10 returns - 3 wipe outs - Net: -$466

View last week's Melbourne Cup 2013 results.

View the list of Horses To Follow with form links to each runner..

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

This Week's Free Form Guide

Flemington - Oaks Day - 7th Nov 2013


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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.


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 block. No frustrating lines for the ladies in their race day finest.

Wi Fi

The VRC have installed a state of the art Wi Fi service at Flemington to cope with the Cup Week demand.

It is also part of the government's fibre to the stable national roll out so that all of the international horses can video chat in high definition with their loved ones back home.

If phone battery life is an issue for you on a long social day, consider taking along two phones if you have an old model handy.

You can use one phone for phone calls and SMSes to keep up with friends, and use the other phone without a SIM card to connect to the free WiFi for Facebook, Twitter and betting applications. Such is the modern age.

TAB Website

If you are betting from home and the TAB website struggles under the weight of Cup Day 50 cent bets (as it normally does), there is also a stripped down simpler version which is worth a look TAB Lite.

The Cups King

Don't forget if you are heading to Flemington this week it is a compulsory condition of entry into the racecourse to have your photo taken with the Stature of Bart. #TheCupsKingAndI


Metro trains have a great little witty website that plays with form comments for every runner on the day - Uninformed

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