|Issue No 118||02 November 2001|
The Locker Room
Jim Marr's Hot Tips
An unusual confluence of circumstances will make this a special week. Starting with the Melbourne Cup and finishing with a general election, all our better and baser instincts will be laid bare.
We will hear of the good and the greedy, champions and charlatans, as virtuous and vermin seek our dollar and vote. Come to think of it, it's more than a confluence of circumstances, there is undeniable symmetry between the choices we face in the TAB and polling booth.
Twenty four runners in an open handicap equates roughly to a ballot paper offering more candidates than you can poke a stick at.
There are punters who don't take their responsibilities seriously, backing future leaders by how they look in the parade ring and picking two mile champs by sticking a pin in the book.
The more mature amongst us will study the form and check the records. But, on the stump as at the track, deep-down you have this sneaking feeling that there is every chance you are going to be sold a pup, quite possibly, even, a mangy dog.
Those looking for real value this week will venture into the exotics. Fair enough, but our advice is to by-pass the first fours, trifectas etc and concentrate on the feature double.
Here's the form guide ...
PERSIAN PUNCH - well traveled Pommie-type who, given the chance, will stay all day. Bracket with ALEXANDER DOWNER.
UNIVERSAL PRINCE - promising, boasts some impressive results. Unproven this distance but always ready to pounce - PETER COSTELLO.
SKY HEIGHTS - well bred but bashed around when heavily-supported in his last big one. Running into good form. Will stay - KIM BEAZLEY
ETHEREAL - Kiwi latecomer thriving in semi-rural surroundings. Earned her penalty - JACKIE KELLY
CAITANO - plenty of miles on the clock, been around more than most - CHERYL KERNOT
GIVE THE SLIP - normally a pace-maker for better-fancied stablemates. The tag "most expensive bunny in the world" is deserved, should be knocked off early - LARRY ANTHONY
MARIENBARD - Experienced interloper from Saeed Bin Suroor stable. Fresh off the boat but mean as they come - PHILLIP RUDDOCK
YIPPYIO - battler who has seen better days, real doubts he will see this out - JOHN HOWARD
HILL OF GRACE - sprightly type who turns heads but unlikely to salute in the big one -NATASHA STOTT-DESPOJA
INAFLURY - vicious mare, doesn't mind the stick but performs best under vigorous riding - BRONWYN BISHOP
KAAPSTAD WAY - proven campaigner. A couple of dry days in Melbourne, unlikely as that may seem, would bring right into contention - SIMON CREEN
CURATA STORM - out of his depth here - MARK LATHAM
FREEMASON - does not win out of turn and has had his thrill for 2001 - MARTIN FERGUSON
MR PRUDENT - lives up to his name, expect calculated run and judicious use of whip - JOHN FAULKNER
PASTA EXPRESS - grazes in a very good paddock - MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE
REENACT - pretty non-descript, bit skittish but a runner's chance - JOHN ANDERSON
BUSH PADRE - well-credentialled, tenacious, but could lose the blinkers - TONY ABBOTT
PROPHET'S KISS - strange mare, will have her supporters but has trouble holding a line - DE-ANNE KELLY
BIG PAT - free-running type who has impressed in the build-up - KATE LUNDY
CELESTIAL SHOW - temperamental lightweight and should be treated as such - DANNA VALE
RAIN GAUGE - originally a left-field proposition but has impressed in the lead-up, keep safe - ANTHONY ALBANESE
TIGER'S EYE - nowhere near best and would need a makeover, physical and mental, to foot it with these - PAULINE HANSON
RUM - can stay but lacks class, doesn't mind throwing a few when odds are in his favour - WILSON TUCKEY
MAGNETO - (lots of) others preferred - BOB KATTER
THE SECOND MORTGAGE - big build-up, talked the talk but couldn't walk the walk - scratched - PETER REITH
KARASI - outsider with achievements under his belt. Has made a mark since arriving and deserves respect - BOB BROWN
SPIRIT OF WESTBURY - lightweight in more ways than one - MAL BROUGH
TOUCH THE GROOM - certainly solid but big question mark over class - JOE HOCKEY
BIG HUSTLER - three from 48 is hardly awe-inspiring, hard to fancy - AMANDA VANSTONE
YUPPIE - highly strung and a bit pretentious, will be lucky to make the cut - CHRIS PYNE
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