Pop! Goes the Punt: Derby Day – Ecumenical Titanium Butt Betting

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This column seemed a little to trivial to work in Lou Reed’s passing as a theme (although this piece is not without a small tribute) and I was getting nothing from the respective Bloom-Kerr and Jonas Brothers splits in Saturday’s field… and we’re a good couple of years away from a Brunswick Beyoncé running at Flemington, so this week’s tips are a bit of a mixed bag.

Less than $15 out of pocket from last week, which is hopefully a lot less than Robin Thicke will be once Marvin Gaye’s children are done with him…

1. Carbine Club Stakes (1,600m)

6. I Am Titanium ($10 each-way)

If we’re perfectly honest, the ARIA charts have been top-heavy with awful music for a long time (ref: Cyrus, Billy Ray; Lopez, Jenny; Ice, Vanilla; Steps). Therefore, it’s not the easiest task to name a horse after a top ten tune and not have it stink up the field with all sorts of rubbishness. Take the current Top 10 for example. Outside of Katy Perry (an essay for another time), today’s top ten is a massive sack of dicks, none limper than Imagine Dragons’ On Top of the World. Seriously kids, what the actual fk. This song has no redeeming features. Not one.

Musically it is a circuitous, C-major saccharine jingle that sounds like it was ripped from a cheap tin jack-in-the-box — and this from a band that describes itself as ‘alternative rock’… fking spare me.

And lyrically?

I’ve had the highest mountains
I’ve had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but life keeps moving

I take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

Incompetence is without question the current hallmark of this band. They have set the bar so low as to be meaningless.

Fking idiots.

David Guetta’s I Am Titanium, however, is smart and clever pop. It’s in E-flat Major for one, so at least the composers (including Australia’s Sia Furler, who also contributes powerhouse vocals) bothered to play some of the black keys.

Lyrically, it’s substantially more complex than I’m on top of the world, ay.

Cut me down
But it’s you who’ll have further to fall
Ghost town and haunted love
Raise your voice, sticks and stones may break my bones
I’m talking loud not saying much

So, being bulletproof, with nothing to lose, I’m going to fire away, fire away and have $10 each-way.

2. Wakeful Stakes (2,000m)

8. Every Faith ($10 each-way)

Is anyone able to tell me just who it is Madonna’s praying to?

Raised Catholic, Madonna has for the best part of the last 20 years been diluting her children’s orange juice with specially blessed Kabbalah1 water.

But a few weeks ago, it was reported that Madonna, whose current partner, Brahim Zaibat (25)2 is a Muslim, has begun investigating Islam.

She said: ‘I am building schools for girls in Islamic countries and studying the Koran.

Say what you like about Madonna, just don’t say that she’s not ecumenical.

“As my friend Yaman always tells me, a good Muslim is a good Jew, and a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth.”

That said, she may want to back away from burning Islamic iconography in her next film clip.

4. Coolmore Stud Stakes (1,200m)

4. Divine Calling ($20 the win)

[Click here for the soundtrack to this tip, from the late, great Lou Reed]

From the divine to the ridiculous and back to the… Divine.

I have few claims to fame, although I can say that I was on Sunset Boulevard the night Hugh Grant was busted getting a “Brendon Goddard” in his BMW from Estella Marie Thompson (aka Divine Brown).

Allegedly, the whole thing could have been avoided if Hugh had the $100 on him that was Divine’s charge for going to her hotel room. Turns out he was $40 short.

I’m not one to tell you how to spend your winnings, but if Divine Calling gets up, you won’t have such a problem.

5. Mackinnon Stakes (2,000m)

3. Side Glance ($10 each-way)

I am shocked and appalled!

Or is ‘bummed’ a more appropriate turn of phrase?

It appears that Kim’s Kardashian’s ‘bootylicious’ selfie two weeks ago (and Kanye’s reaction) was not spontaneous, but a well planned PR move.

The venerable Life & Style magazine in the US, recently reported that Kim wanted her post-baby body to look perfect, so she reportedly asked Kanye — who apparently has an eye for that sort of stuff — to help.

“She took so many pictures and deleted them before her and Kanye decided on the one she posted. He had the ultimate say about Kim putting up the picture and decided which one he liked best.”

I feel dirty.

A win by Side Glance, at around the 18-1 mark, will help take this bad taste from my mouth.

6. Victoria Derby (2,500m)

16. Bring Something ($10 each-way)

So, while we’re on butts…

“Every year, I sift through page after page looking for a decent butt shot and there are only a handful to be had. It’s stupid. MOAR BUTTS PLEEZ. I don’t care that you shot Kate Upton in Antarctica. Why are you spending $50,000 on that shoot when there’s nary a bare asscheek to be had?” – Drew Magary on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

From a social pages point of view, the Spring Carnival has been, well, getting a little stale (ref: Cartrell, Kim 2012).

Racing Victoria needed to ‘bring something’.

Something brung…

Sports Illustrated cover girl, Kate Upton.


Last week: $85.50 collect on Go The Knuckle
Carnival to date: -$94.50 ($400 outlay for a $305.50 collect)


1. A mystical offshoot of Judaism.

2. Madonna, you fox!

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  1. Brilliant Litza. Your best yet. I didn’t understand a word, but smiled incomprehendingly all the way through.
    The music and cultural references were all too 21st Century (too new) and the horse racing was thankfully miniscule (too dangerous).
    Keep up the good work. But I nearly censored out the “Kardashian(??)” pic. Is that really Kim? I thought she was a skinny brunette last time I looked. I thought the photo was Brynne Edelsten gone to seed.

  2. Phil Dimitriadis says:

    Now I know where Kanye parks his bike.

  3. I will kneel at the altar of any piece which includes a photograph of Kate Upton.
    Thank you, Litza.

  4. Tony Bilos says:

    As a fan of Lou Reed I appreciate the reference to the great man…Dirty Boulevard inspired me to start my street sweeping business. I will put a crayfish on Divine Calling in his Honour

  5. Litza,
    Long Bow is an 18yo grey gelding whose owners have the ironic name of “Luck”.
    That’s racing.
    Ivan Denisovich

  6. mickey randall says:

    Litza- Some suggest that the episode referred to in your article is the high point of Hugh’s contributions to popular culture.

  7. Hi Litza

    Another hilarious essay about nothing re the sport of kings and thieves, with a suitable amount of Mrs Slocombe era sauciness to keep the less than interested in the nags reader reading. Well, looking actually. Man Beyonce is hot. Why I didn’t see her concert I don’t know.

    I looked at the Victorian Derby line up because of this piece. At a quick count I reckon you had 14 horses to weave your particular magic around. When did the races become so hip to popular culture? This is a minefield of intertextuality (which is where your magic potion does its stuff, and I like it). There’s even a nod to Ed Kuepper with Honey Steel’s Gold. I suspect, also, I’m also displaying how little relation I have to this sport in my Johnny come very late observations. Anyway, keep up the good work (and pics) so I can enjoy the Spring carnival without having anything to do with it.

    Oh, what the hell, I’ll have a little to do with it. Using your technique (embarrassingly poorly) here goes:

    Race 9 TAB.com.au Stakes – Eximius 13/1

    Eximius is latin for special. At the end of a long day of races I’d be looking, hoping for something special. What would make things special is some brass in pocket.


    So, if horse and rider heed Chrissie Hyndes words and make everyone notice that Eximius is what it reckons it is, special, and I have a tenner on the deal we’ll all come out of it with some brass in pocket.


  8. Well I nailed one point, and might I add, conclusively. My tip came last in the last. On the plus side of my ignorance in all things racing, because I don’t know how to use a TAB the tenner is still sitting snugly in my wallet. So, loss win. And that’s a win.

  9. It’s a numbers game, Rick… you back enough of them then 1 or 2 will get up. Speaking of which, anyone else back Side Glance?

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