Political Leaders Can’t Agree on 2012 Melbourne Cup Tips

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition leader Tony Abbott don’t appear to be able to agree on anything and this has even extended to their 2012 Melbourne Cup tips.


Americain is Julia Gillard's tip to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Photo by Taron Clarke

The pair have both gone with French horses, with Gillard tipping Americain to become the first horse since Peter Pan to win the Melbourne Cup twice in non-consecutive years while Abbott is backing Dunaden to break the metric Melbourne Cup weight-carrying record.

Gillard was quick to warn punters that she is a horse racing novice.

“I’m not an expert when it comes to horse racing, so I’m not suggesting people should be necessarily following my tips,” Gillard said

“There’s a whole industry that help people with this who spend more time studying the form.

“But I understand (Americain is) a strong stayer, so a good horse to back.”

Abbott declared he was backing Dunden in the Melbourne Cup for the second year in a row and used the opportunity to flaunt his horse racing knowledge.

“Dunaden more or less defied history with that incredible win in this year’s Caulfield Cup – carrying the top weight and flying home from a wide barrier. I’ve heard a few detractors say the weight handicap might hinder him on Tuesday, but if his win in the Caulfield Cup is any guide, I think he’ll be too good,” Abbott said.

“The Melbourne Cup is one of the great races on the international racing calendar and it’s good for Australian racing that so many international stayers have found our racing so attractive.”

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