Almanac Racing: Your Melbourne Cup selections for The Almanac Lunch Trifecta



Give us your first, second and third in the Melbourne Cup (by adding a comment).

I’ll tally and take the results to lunch tomorrow.

My picks:

  1.  11 Who Shot TheBarman
  2. 10 Trip to Paris
  3. 15 Preferment



1 SNOW SKY 58kg (16)

2 CRITERION 57.5kg (4)

3 FAME GAME 57kg (12)

4 OUR IVANHOWE 56kg (22)

5 BIG ORANGE 55.5kg (23)

6 HARTNELL 55.5kg (17)

7 HOKKO BRAVE 55.5kg (20)

8 MAX DYNAMITE 55kg (2)

9 RED CADEAUX 55kg (8)

10 TRIP TO PARIS 55kg (14)

11 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN 54.5kg (6)

12 SKY HUNTER 54kg (7)

13 THE OFFER 54kg (13)

14 GRAND MARSHAL 53.5kg (15)

15 PREFERMENT 53.5kg (11)

16 QUEST FOR MORE 53.5kg (21)

17 ALMOONQITH 53kg (10)

18 KINGFISHER 53kg (9)


20 BONDI BEACH 52.5kg (18)

21 SERTORIUS 52.5kg (5)

22 THE UNITED STATES 52.5kg (3)

23 EXCESS KNOWEDGE 51kg (24)

24 GUST OF WIND 51kg (19)

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Peter Warrington says

    Fame Game the 3 stood out from the 4, 10 and 20 – Our Ivanhowe, Trip to Paris and Bondi Beach.

    This is based on a paper read of 5 mins and no lead-up form. But my mate Michael Grosvenor tipped aDelta Blues-Pop Rock deadheat in 2006 and was a nose away and has always maintained Japanese stayers are the best in the world by a mile. Given it’s form and acclimatization. it could make it a procession.

    Always like Cup Form and the missus has been typing Ivanhoe in instead of Ivanov when booking for the Chekhov this week. an omen. We were talking about Bondi yesterday – omen. Would love a trip to Paris and the C Cup horses in 97 pretty much ran in that order in the big one.

    Note: I did tip the Mackinnon winner on Thursday on a 5 minute peek before the rain, so I am a bit Michael Klinger at the moment. Could get selected, but would understand if not…

  2. 1. Fame Game (by 4)
    2. Preferment
    3. Bondi Beach
    4. Grand Marshall

    Track bias has been a blight on the Spring Carnival … Again.

  3. Peter Flynn says

    1. A Trip to Paris

    2. Fame Game

    3. Bondi Beach

    See you about 4:20pm.


  4. Peter Flynn says

    Agree Muz.

    Track watering a problem.

  5. Criterion trip to Paris prince of penzance, preferment our Ivanhoe and hartnell, max dynamite box all!

  6. Paubai,

    Give us your 1,2,3 (specifically)

  7. 1. Fame Game
    2. Bondi Beach
    3. Max Dynamite

  8. FLYNNY: as a clearly sensible man how do you justify outlaying hard-earned $$$$ on a chronically crooked and tainted game as Nag Racing.
    Not only have a number of lads, charged with due care and diligence of the aforesaid nags, been charged with administering over-the-top substances — read ‘cobalt’ — to their charges now we have the 1930s re-visited with shots fired at the dwellings of Nag Racing stewards.
    Plus visitations in the wee small hours of heavily ‘cartooned’ lads aboard powerful motor cycles to the homes of other Nag Racing officials/stewards.
    Keep the $$$ flowing outwards just to the biggest TAB, Flynny: the ASX.

  9. Terry Towelling says

    1 Sky Hunter
    2 Max Dynamite
    3 Excess Knowledge

  10. 3, 15, 8. Number 22 the smokie!

  11. Thanks Dips. In tallying I’ll get yours live from lunch today. Four pots may be inspirational.

  12. 1. Max Dynamite
    2. Trip to Paris
    3. Criterion

  13. 1. Fame Game
    2. Bondi Beach
    3. Max Dynamite

  14. 1. Bondi Beach
    2. Red Cadeaux
    3. Almoonqith

    But what would i know? Are there any Aussie horses in the race?


  15. Ok John, My trifecta is Criterion , Hartnell and third Prince of Penzance

  16. I’m a bit late for the lunch but here’s some anagrammatic tips:
    * Don’t back BIG ORANGE. He’s an anagram of A BIG GONER.
    * HARTNELL could captivate the crowd as an anagram of ENTHRALL.
    * Give RED CADEAUX the chop. He’s an anagram of RACE DUD – AXE.
    * WHO SHOT THE BARMAN could be worth a quiet flutter. He’s an anagram of SHH! AM WORTH A BET ON.
    * THE UNITED STATES has never travelled the 3200-metre distance, obviously meaning HE’S UNTESTED AT IT.

  17. Nearest he pin I’d say.

  18. Burkie, that is sensational. Rove those three with the field in a First 4 and you have quarter of a million $$.

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