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Green Moon wins Melbourne Cup 2012

The race that brings the whole nation together and most of the time to a standstill has finally ended half an hour ago.I did not attend but watching the events live on Tv was equally satisfying.I loved every bit of it.Victory for the locally trained stallion has reinforced the future of Australian stayers after Lloyd Williams imported the 2012 Melbourne Cup winner 12 months ago from England.The winner of 152nd running of the Melbourne Cup is trained in Australia by Robert Hickmott and ridden by Brett Prebble. The winner triumphed from Fiorente and Jakkalberry. Prebble masterminded a wonderful race on Green Moon, positioning him on the fence in eighth place for most of the race.I knew he will win he gained runs through the field and burst to the front with 250m to go in commanding style and it was the 35-year-old Prebble’s 10th ride in the Cup.It was Lloyd’s Williams’ fourth Melbourne Cup win as an owner.His other Melbourne Cup winners have been Just A Dash in 1981, What A Nuisance in 1985 when I first attended the Melbourne Cup as a young boy and Efficient in 2007.

Green Moon is trained by Williams’ private trainer Robert Hickmott and is one of several international horses which Williams has bought over the last few years in his attempt to win another Cup.It is a boost for Australian horse ownership, Australian Lloyd Williams aged 72, has joined the elite group of owners to have won four Melbourne Cups.Green Moon’s victory has come at a time when local owners have voiced their concerns about international horses raiding Australian prize money. I also think today’s result was not welcome news for bookmakers, with Green Moon $21 defeating the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente $31 by a length, with Jakkalberry $81 a length and a quarter away third.The trifecta paid almost $46,000.The favourites were never in contention. Dunaden, who started at $7, finished 14th. Americian, who started at $7.50, finished 11th. Mount Athos $7.50 was one of few horses to make any ground running on strongly to finish fifth.


1. Green Moon 2. Fiorente 3. Jakkalberry 4.Kelinni 5. Mount Athos 6. Glencadam Gold 7. Mourayan 53.5  8. Red Cadeaux  9. Precedence 10. My Quest For Peace 11. Americain 12. Cavalryman 13. Voila Ici 14. Dunaden 15. Niwot 16. Lights Of Heaven 17. Winchester18. Sanagas 19. Maluckyday 20. Galileo’s Choice 21. Unusual Suspect 22. Zabeelionaire 23. Tac De Boistron 24. Ethiopia

Melbourne cup 2012:The race that stops Australia

Today’s Melbourne Cup is expected to increase the popularity of mobile betting that is presenting betting agencies with new challenges. According to an insider at Sportsbet who happens to be my friend, their company is now processing more than 10 percent of bets from mobile devices. Next year, they expect racegoers will be able to tap into wi-fi being provided as part of a deal struck between the Victoria Race Club and Cisco. The service will allow visitors to place bets, purchase food and drinks and watch the race in high definition video on their mobile devices. Cisco said the service would also help overcome the mobile network overload issues that often plague big race meetings, freeing up the network for texts and voice calls. Punters are expected to take their mobile phones in droves to bet on Melbourne cup, suggesting bookies are set for a bumper race. Most companies in Australia have driven the companies expansion in mobile and internet gambling.

Melbourne skyline
Melbourne skyline

The figures suggest that even in the midst of a recession, a punt on the horses remains a simple pleasure that many refuse to forgo and am one of them. I grew up attending Melbourne cup races and until three years I never missed a single one of them since 1985.Mobile revenues on sports are up 90% in this year according to Industry data released recently and the revenue in the shops is up a more sedate 9%. This will be the first Melbourne Cup where people can bet by phone from their sofa sets. It is a great occasion and it will be good for everyone who loves Melbourne premier horse racing event. Experienced gamblers might note that patriotically betting on their favorite teams to go all the way, or even to win the cup, might be a losing strategy. Am delighted that the government is considering liberalizing gambling legislation in order to maximize tax revenue and increase employment opportunities. All in all am looking forward to a wonderful race that I will catch live on Tv although I’d have preferred to be at the racecourse. Happy Mebourne cup day to fellow Victorians and next year I wont miss this race that defined my childhood addiction to horse racing.