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Gambling expenditure a winning bet

Crikey readers talk gambling, Ed Killesteyn, anti-Semitism and why in the world Australia needs submarines.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers ignore Ten’s morning offerings

Yesterday’s Melbourne Cup coverage is partially to blame for the woeful performance of Ten’s over-hyped AM TV line-up.

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Tips and rumours

Myer MIA in racing fashion furore … parli figure refused pub service? … Abbott govt staffing woes …

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Media briefs: RN upheaval … jumping Cup gun … Gai party …

Subeditors across Australia yesterday celebrated Gai Waterhouse’s Melbourne Cup win in punny style. Plus other media snippets

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A Birdcage flutter: how the boldly rich and beautiful spend Cup day

The Melbourne Cup Day carnival draws the rich and famous like no other event in Australia. Crikey snooped around the birdcage enclosure to see who was swilling champers with who.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

According to a two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations, medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in “torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of detainees at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA.

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Tips and rumours

AEC chief’s previous career in immigration … Tom Waterhouse spotted … did someone smash glasses at News awards? …

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Meet the Rich Lister who owns a quarter of the Cup horses

One man on track today is a safer bet than anyone: Lloyd Williams owns six horses in the Melbourne Cup, including the defending champ, a long neck ahead of the other Cup rich-listers.

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Crikey says: follow the racing money

Bernard Keane says the royal commission into child abuse will be transformative — and unpredictable. Amid the BBC scandal, what does Mark Scott do as the ABC’s “editor-in-chief”? Possum dissects the federal polling trends. And how the internet is killing the world’s oldest profession (yes, that one).

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven on a Cup winner

The race yesterday had 2.664 million metro and 3.584 million national viewers, which under-estimated the real viewing audience because it doesn’t include the millions watching in pubs, clubs, race courses and other venues across the country.

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Horse and hat parade easily tramples the F1 crowd

The money behind the Australian Grand Prix must stare in envy at the endless parade of horses, hats and money that flock to the Birdcage during Melbourne’s racing season.

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Tips and rumours

What’s behind the Mamamia sacking? … some ABC insiders jealous of Crabb … ad war looms in Geelong …

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Crikey says: having a punt on a media stunt

It’s the race that stops … oh, spare us. We’re more interested in the US race (Rundle, Richardson and Poll Bludger report). Chris Mitchell — the country’s most powerful journo? — tells us he’ll quit The Australian. And inside St John’s — it’s more rowdy than our Cup sweep.

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A Rich List field of dreams: who’s behind the Cup stayers

Getting a horse in the Melbourne Cup field is an expensive business — even if racing idealists call the Cup an egalitarian race. James Thomson surveys the field of horse owners.

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New NotW claims … Brown’s newspaper licences … the political hashtag …

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph should be applauded for this fine interest rates/Melbourne Cup quinella. Plus the latest from the Department of Corrections and other media news of the day.

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Why does anyone give a damn about the Melbourne Cup?

Of all the things that Melburnians waste money on and are disproportionately obsessed about, the Melbourne Cup is the worst. It’s proof white trash is a state of mind and has nothing to do with how much money you have, says Thomas Caldwell.

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Lloyd Williams, $840m on, still driven by the lure of the Cup

This is the week that Lloyd Williams waits for all year. While Williams’ $840 million fortune might be built on property development and a canny investment strategy, it is the challenge of winning a Melbourne Cup that drives Williams these days.

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An interest rate reduction on Cup Day?

For my Melbourne Cup Day bet I’ll be having a dollar on a reduction in the Reserve Bank’s official interest rate.

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So you think you’ve seen the last of this great race horse?

Is So You Think heading overseas? And have we seen the last of this great race horse on Australian soil?

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The secret to finding Melbourne Cup riches

There’s a big chance this year’s Cup will again end up in the trophy cabinet of a wealthy entrepreneur, writes SmartCompany editor James Thomson.

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The Cup carnival strikes up the brand

Swathes of foreign visitors and corporations inject consumer dollars and marketing investment into the spring racing carnival, proving just what can be achieved when taxpayers aren’t picking up the tab.

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Cup-winning jockey, 50 years on

A former teenage punter and Ballarat boarding school bookie, Ross Stapleton fulfills a long-time ambition to interview the jockey known as “the cups specialist” – W.A. (Billy Smith) now long retired at 82 on the Gold Coast.

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The Brumby Dump: new racing commission probing misconduct

In its first eight months of operation, the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner has launched investigations into two separate complaints about misconduct in the Victorian racing industry, writes Swinburne University journalism student Lauren McShanag.

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Enjoy the Cup from home — in style!

You mightn’t have got a ticket, but you don’t need to miss out on the fun. Nick Johns-Wickberg has some tips on how to get the most out of the Melbourne Cup — budget style!

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Cup winning jockey recalls the moment 50 years on

A former teenage punter and Ballarat boarding school bookie fulfils a long-time ambition to interview the jockey known as “the cups specialist” – W.A. (Billy Smith) now long retired at 82.

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