How to pick a winner: celebrity racing tips

Rebecca Maddern

Host of The Footy Show & Australian Ninja Warrior, Channel Nine

Photo: Kylie Thomson

Photo: Kylie Thomson

I go to the bookmakers and do it face to face. It gets the heart rate up when you hand over actual cash. I try to apply a bit of knowledge, but if there is a catchy name with some connection to my life or called Rebecca’s Joy or something, I will put a few dollars on it. I am not a big punter, $20 is my maximum because I am a sore loser.

Lisa Wilkinson

Host, Channel Ten

Photo: James Brickwood

Photo: James Brickwood

I cross my fingers as I dip my hand in the office sweep. I picked Makybe Diva back in the office sweep in 2003 – god love her. I’ll also ask someone who says they know a sure thing, and then choose something else. And don’t forget to wear your lucky underwear.

Chyka Keebaugh

Catering queen, The Big Group

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

I love the races. I’ve been going for 28 years, and we’re always in the Birdcage. I love that every single person who goes gets dressed up and makes it into a fun day out – it’s very Melbourne. I don’t tend to bet until Oaks Day. I give myself an hour to read through the predictions, and see what they’re wearing. When it comes to jockeys’ colours, I go for anything with pink, orange or green. If it’s looks good, I’ll go for it. A fun name is always good, too. I have some friends I go to for tips, as well.

Matty J

The Bachelor 2017

Photo: Channel Ten

Photo: Channel Ten

This is an extremely technical process that not many people will understand and one that I rarely discuss openly. However, on this occasion I’m happy to divulge. It’s a combination of looking at the colours of their outfit (I prefer blue and always avoid green), seeking the most humorous name (Rimfire was a personal favourite) and, lastly, picking an odd number.

Shane Jacobson

Actor

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

My system is very precise. I pay no attention to horses or horse-racing until roughly 24 hours before the Melbourne Cup. Then, the first person to give me any information, be it a cabbie or a carpenter, I assume I have just been given the scoop. Then I will ask whoever is in front of me in the betting line who they are going for, and I back their horse as well. Then we stand back and look at the screen and I never, ever win.

Russel Howcroft

Panellist, Gruen, ABC TV

Photo: Andreas Smetana

Photo: Andreas Smetana

I have used the same punting method every year since I began going to the spring carnival regularly. Check out the top three horses picked by the experts; find the horse most often picked; punt on the one with the best price. It seems smart, even as I write it down. And it’s failed me every spring. Though I did have a great few years simply punting on Brett Prebble whenever he was riding in a race up the straight.

Samantha Armytage 

Co-host of Sunrise, Channel Seven

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

I’ve picked a winner at the races many times, starting in primary school with Kingston Town. It was pure luck. I actually study the form, which I realise is unusual in the Birdcage. I like to follow certain jockeys and trainers. It’s almost impossible to pick the Melbourne Cup winner, so I have a bit of fun with it. It’s usually a horse who has a nice underdog story – love that.

 

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