Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Viewed Will Give Bart His 13th Melbourne Cup

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Viewed Will Give Bart His 13th Melbourne Cup

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Byline: PETER CHAPMAN Editor

Even if you combined the AFL and NRL grand-finals, the Boxing Day cricket test and the Australia Open Tennis final they would still not compare to the nationwide excitement generated by the Melbourne Cup.

It's a day when almost every person in Australia has a dabble on the races. There will be sweeps at many offices across the Fraser Coast today and locals will venture into the TAB's for the first time in probably 12 months to place a few dollars eachway on their pick.

They will note that the dreary old TAB has undergone a big facelift and now instead of being confronted with sheets and sheets of form pinned to the wall there are now banks of computers.

That's bound to cause total confusion to the once a year punter so give yourself an extra half an hour to get your bet on.

The big question tomorrow is will Bart Cummings train his 13th Cup winner or will a bush battler's horse named Alcopop win the biggest race on the Australian calendar? …

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