Melbourne Cup Late Mail – Camilla Favoured To Wear The Yellow Hat

In the hours before the 3pm (EDST) Melbourne Cup jump, expect bookies around the nation to be inundated with frantic punters racing to place their last minute bets. Today has already seen some interesting trends emerge.

In one of the more contested categories, one leading bookmaker has played it safe, predicting that Camilla will match her head-wear to Cup flower, the yellow rose.

Primary Colour of the Duchess of Cornwall’s Hat
$5 Yellow
$5.50 Blue
$6 Cream/White
$7.50 Green
$9 Pink
$10 Purple
$11 Apricot/Peach/Salmon
$13 Turquoise
$15 Red
$17 Orange
$21 Brown
$26 Black/Grey

Also causing plenty of a stir among the more royalty attuned punters is how Charles and Camilla will make their grand entrance. One bookie is offering $19 if they arrive among the great unwashed. I’d have assumed there was a better chance of them arriving in a spaceship. The royally stuffy Horse & Carriage would be my tip at $2.80.

How will Charles & Camilla arrive at the Melbourne Cup?
$2.20 – Boat
$2.80 – Horse & Carriage
$3.50 – Limo
$15.00 – Metro & walk
$19.00 – Public bus & walk
$21.00 – Taxi
$26.00 – Hummer
$34.00 – Hot Air Balloon
$101.00 – Parachute
$251.00 – Hang glider
$501.00 – Spaceship

Once the Royals arrive and the bets are settled, attention is sure to turn to the Cup. With little in the way of unpredicted weather anomalies or stubborn horses who ain’t gonna run no race for no one, betting trends have remained consistent over the past few days. Dunaden, Americain, and Mount Athos are still the clear favourites with My Quest For Peace, Mourayan, and Ethiopia offering pretty good value.

Centrebet Odds:
$7.00 – Mount Athos
$7.50 – Dunaden
$8.00 – Americain

Value Picks

$19.00 – My Quest For Peace
$26.00 – Mourayan
$21.00 – Ethiopia

$51.00 Zabeelionaire

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