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Tomorrow is Melbourne Cup Day - the day when the Melbourne Cup horse race is run. This is the weirdest excuse for a public holiday on the local calendar, but who's complaining?

On Cup Day, we traditionally gather for barbecues, chicken and champagne brunches and of course the traditional Cup Day Sweep. So let's run one on BGG.

The rules:

1. Reply to this message and send me 3 GG (this is your entry fee).
2. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at around 10am Melbourne time, as long as there are at least 24 people in the sweep, I will do a draw and allocate horses. The draw will be random.
3. The person whose horse wins will receive half the GG pool (36 GG with 24 entrants)
4. The person whose horse comes second will receive just under a third of the GG pool (22GG with 24 entrants)
5. The person whose horse comes third will receive about half of what the person who comes second receives (11GG with 24 entrants)
6. The person whose horse comes last will receive their entry fees back. (3 GG)
7. If horses are scratched at the time of the draw, I will not allocate them to anyone. If they are scratched AFTER the draw, bad luck I'm afraid.
8. I will use this list http://www.vrc.net.au/cpa/htm/htm_flemington_content_full.as... of runners, unless anyone can point me to a more official one blush
9. If we get fewer than 24 people, or more than 24 people, entries will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If I can run more than one sweep, I will.
10. If this can't run, I will refund your GG.

Have fun!!!
 
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I'm in. Sounds like fun!
 
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Since the work one seems to have failed to materialise count me in meeple
 
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3gg on Gypsy's Kiss please.

If I ever get a race horse, I'm naming it Fir Cue.
 
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I'll "bite" on the 'bit' here as well. arrrh
If'n I 'gots' a "horse" then I'd call that as "d'oeuvres"
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Okay, I've never bet on a horse before, but if its random, I can always blame the dice.
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
3gg on Gypsy's Kiss please.


Sorry Jon, Cup Sweeps are randomly allocated.

It would be interesting if your name would make it past the body that allows (and disallows) race horse names meeple
 
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Only 7 10 takers so far ... come on, it's The Race That Stops a Nation

1. Sinister Dexter
2. Karlsen
3. EYE of NiGHT
4. GROGnads
5. jttm
6. nnf1
7. alisonj
8. seppi
9. matthan
10. seanp

(melissa = alternate)
 
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Melissa you should enter it also. Fraser says you can be trusted emphatically.
 
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lucky #8 right here.
 
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Saddle up another horse. I'll join in.
 
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Why the heck not?
 
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OK, we have 10; 11 with me.

So that's 33 GG.

1st: 15 GG
2nd: 10 GG
3rd: 5 GG
last: 3 GG

seems the fairest way to do it.

I don't see anything about any scratchings, so will do the draw now.
 
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Here's the draw, as done by the delightful Otto (double-blind draw, as she can't read even if she did cheat)

1. Sinister Dexter - 19 Demerger
2. Karlsen - 24. Efficient.
3. EYE of NiGHT - 14. Dizelle
4. GROGnads - 10. Mahtoum
5. jttm - 22. Dolphin Jo
6. nnf1 - 12. Pop Rock
7. alisonj - 5. Geordieland
8. seppi - 18. Art Success
9. matthan - 7. Short Pause
10. seanp - 1. Yeats
11. melissa - 23. Maybe Better
12. Sinister Dexter - 8. Activation
13. Karlsen - 11. On a Jeune
14. EYE of NiGHT - 2. Delta Blues
15. GROGnads - 4. Tawqueet
16. jttm - 17. Zabeat
17. nnf1 - 15. Ice Chariot
18. alisonj - 13. Zipping
19. seppi - 20. Glistening
20. matthan - 16. Kerry O'Reilly
21. seanp - 21. Mandela
22. melissa - 3. Railings


Others - if your horse is scratched, I will give you one of these (in order). Otherwise, if they are placed, I will move the prizes down to the next placed horse.
9. Land 'n Stars
6. Headturner
 
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Or, to put them in a more usual order:

1. Yeats - seanp
2. Delta Blues - EYE of NiGHT
3. Railings - melissa
4. Tawqueet - GROGnads
5. Geordieland - alisonj
6. Headturner - [no-one]
7. Short Pause - matthan
8. Activation - Sinister Dexter
9. Land 'n Stars - [no-one]
10. Mahtoum - GROGnads
11. On a Jeune - Karlsen
12. Pop Rock - nnf1
13. Zipping - alisonj
14. Dizelle - EYE of NiGHT
15. Ice Chariot - nnf1
16. Kerry O'Reilly - matthan
17. Zabeat - jttm
18. Art Success - seppi
19 Demerger - Sinister Dexter
20. Glistening - seppi
21. Mandela - seanp
22. Dolphin Jo - jttm
23. Maybe Better - melissa
24. Efficient - Karlsen
 
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Now reading up on the horses' form:

Trainer Lee Freedman (whose horse Makybe Diva won the last 3 cups) likes the trio of Tawqueet, Yeats, Delta Blues. He says his outsider pick is Dizelle.

Full raceday coverage: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/horseracing/index.html

We're off to visit my new baby niece and watch the cup from the hospital room, but I will post results as soon as I get back.
 
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Photos of draw:





(really posted by Melissa but being lazy & using F's account)
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Just back ... man, that baby is cute!

From http://www.theage.com.au/news/horse-racing/how-they-finished...
Results were:

1. Delta Blues
2. Pop Rock
3. Maybe Better
(last) Zabeat
 
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1. Delta Blues - grats to EYE of NiGHT - 15 GG on the way
2. Pop Rock - nnf1 - 10 GG
3. Maybe Better - *me* - 5 GG
(last) Zabeat - jttm - 3GG
 
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Gasp! I WON??!?
OMG, I won!

Hahaha, okay, maybe I didn't win "win", but still... thats something!
WOOOHOOO!
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aww man! if'n it hadn't been for this 'picky' "game" purveyor, then I'd have said it was "fixed"! but I entrust "OTTO" to keep 'thangs' on the "up & up" so "GRATZ"! to y`all then.
 
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I was too late for this

Congrats to the winners!
 
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Hoorah! Finally I win something on BGG! I heard the winner in the shower this morning. That is, I was in my shower, showering, and they said the winner on the radio. But I didn't have time to ask for Delta Blues for me. Trust to luck to see me through!
 
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