Sunrise host Natalie Barr pocketed a ton of money from the race that stops a nation after a chance encounter.
Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr pocketed $ 800 from the Melbourne Cup after some practical advice from a colleague’s mother.
Channel 7 morning show sports presenter Mark Beretta asks his mother every year for advice to viewers for the race to stop a nation.
The board prompted Barr to open an online betting account and place $ 50 on Chris Waller’s trained mare Verry Elleegant.
The novice bettor admitted to viewers that she had never bet online before, which took her an hour to figure out.
“I thought ‘there is something called sports betting or sports betting” and I don’t know what that means, but I had heard of the TAB so I created an account, ”Barr said. .
“But now I don’t know how to get it out. “
Beretta’s mother, Joan, had provided a boon to many other Australians, with Barr saying her message inbox was full of other viewers who followed the punting advice.
Joan’s tip was particularly well received by novice bettors given the juicy odds of Verry Elleegant, who was paying around $ 15 to win.
The Peter Moody-driven Incentivize entered the major race as a big favorite, priced at $ 2.50.
He placed second for the majority of the 3,200m race at Flemington and took the lead in the famous long straight.
But Verry Elleegant stepped up alongside him and took the lead to give jockey James McDonald his very first Melbourne Cup victory.
“I just didn’t think this day would ever come,” he said after Tuesday’s major event. “I participate in these races, I really want to win, but sometimes you can think about it too much and try too hard.
“I was very confident in the mare today. Thoughts crossed my mind in the 500m when I saw Incentivize being pushed, but I knew he would fight. There wasn’t a horse coming from behind me, it was just a matter of catching it.