The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch Trifecta

After listening to Greg Carpenter’s brilliant explanatory story-telling, and Andy Gemmell’s northern hemisphere reasoning, the Almanac lunch entered into a period of spirited debate and when the smoke rose from the chimneys this is what happened:


Trifecta 1 (for $300):

First:        3 4 5 8 10 11 15 17 22

Second:   3 4 5 8 10 11 15 17 22

Third:      Field


Trifecta 2 (for $90)

Box:      3 4 5 8 10 11 15 17 22


The Reverend Bauer Japanese entrants’ exacta ($10):  Box 3 7


The selected horses:

3   Fame Game

4  Our Ivanhowe

5  Big Orange

8  Max Dynamite

10  Trip to Paris

11 Who Shot TheBarman

15 Preferment

17 Almoonquith

22 The United States


Add your tips to the comments.




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 three. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Ripper lunch. Some outstanding logic in the various arguments for the various horses. Summary: about 20 of them could win.

  2. will be cheering for Red Cadeaux, Tom Watson and Leica Falcon

  3. Dave Brown says

    I’m on the horse that the bloke with the microphone uses for a place – it always finishes next to the winner

  4. What a magnificent ride, what a magnificent story. The best winner’s speech I’ve ever heard. Well done Prince of Penzance.

  5. For everyone who watched the 730 report last night and wished they had backed prince of penzance

  6. Dammit my trifecta system comes in just when I haven’t had a bet for 5 years. Always box the red, the check and the stripe at the greyhounds. Boxes 1,2 and 8.
    Australia hasn’t had a decent grass dog track since the Gabba closed. Now we have Flemington and Moonee Valley. $3 million for whoever can be on the lure and on the rails.
    What a joke. Doubt Bruce mentioned it. The media are so up the VRC and the gambling companies’ arses.

  7. I reckon the only people – other than the Weirs, the Paynes and the connections, to have won on the Cup will be Neville Bruns, Derek Hall and Gary Merrington.

  8. Peter Flynn says

    Dunstall got it one out.

    Really he thought the trifecta was as banal as a lead out chest mark from Platten or Jarman or that really annoying freak caper. Morrissey?

    Who cares.

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