OPINION: There's value in Aussie hope, Who Shot Thebarman
WELCOME to the biggest race day of the year, the mighty Melbourne Cup.
It's the day when the mug punters are joined by those who don't bother putting a dollar on a horse all year.
It's a ridiculous thing to do because picking the winner of a two mile race that has 24 starters is one of the hardest bets you can place.
My strike rate is just okay, but that doesn't stop me from declaring a special each year to anyone who will listen to me.
I always add a proviso to my sure thing, in that if they back the horse and it loses they will know I went down the gurgler with them.
I placed my bet on the Japanese horse Fair Game a few weeks ago after watching a replay of his last race in Japan, where he was beaten in a photo-finish.
On that day he flashed home against a top quality line-up of stayers.
He only confirmed that form in the Caulfield Cup and it's no wonder why he is a short-priced favourite.
It's not hard tipping you the hottest horse in the race, so we need to find some value.
That value is in the Aussie hope, Who Shot Thebarman.
He'll start at 20/1, and with Blake Shinn in the saddle you will get the run of your life.
Whatever you decide on, good luck today, we will all need it.