Goulburn Valley punters had different ideas about how to decide the winner of yesterday's Melbourne Cup, with people picking horses on everything from horse name to the colour of the jockey's silks.FIONA BROOM November 7, 2012 4:10am
People who rarely turn their minds to horse racing were yesterday studying the Melbourne Cup form guide in the hope of backing a winner.
Various methods were employed — some bet on horse names, others on jockeys’ silks colours.
Jack Scrimizzi likes jockeys and trainers and was yesterday backing Lights of Heaven riden by Benalla-trained jockey Luke Nolen, who rode Black Caviar to victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
He said the mare came third in the Caulfield Cup and he reckoned she could take out the race that stops the nation.
‘‘I just like it,’’ he said.
‘‘I hope it can go that extra little bit further.’’
Mr Scrimizzi was holding off placing his bets until just before the race got under way.
This was so he could ‘‘see the fluctuation in the market’’.
Unfortunately, for Mr Scrimizzi, Lights of Heaven finished 16th out of the field of 24.
But the mare did better than Jim Kennedy’s choice in Zabeelionaire, which came third last.
He said the stallion had good returns and he had seen it win a couple of races, including the South Australian Derby in May.
‘‘It’s slipped in under the radar,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s just had a good preparation, it’s a good lightweight chance.’’
He said he liked Zabeelionaire because he was trained by Leon Corstens, who used to work for racing stalwart Bart Cummings.
He said he did not have a system when picking which horse to back — and while that’s helped him claim about a dozen Cup wins in the past, Mr Kennedy missed the mark this year.
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