1. More than $100 million to be wagered on Melbourne Cup today.
Punters will place 3,000 bets per second through the TAB today with more than $100 million tipped to be wagered on the big race.
Australians are expected to drop $140 million on today’s race – the 156th Melbourne Cup.
At Flemington, more than 100,000 people will gather to see the $6.2 million race despite a 60 per cent chance of rain, with another 20,000 to don their hats and fascinators at Royal Randwick in Sydney.
Around the world more than 700 million will watch the race, in offices, pubs, clubs, restaurants. All except those on the school pick-up who miss the 3pm race in favour of seeing which kid sprints out the school gates first.
The only Australian-bred horse in the 24-strong field, Jameka, has had one punter back the mare with an $80,000 bet at the Call of the Card.
Hartnell is expected to start favourite, but last year’s winning jockey Michelle Payne has tipped Our Ivanhowe to win.
The only female jockey in today’s race Katelyn Mallyon will ride aboard Assign hoping to make it a quinella of winning female jockeys after Payne’s historic win last year.
2. Eight-year-old girl ‘Trick or Treating’ hit by car, along with her mum.
A 27-year-old mother and her eight-year-old daughter have been hit by a car driven by a P- Plater while they were trick-or-treating in western Sydney last night.
The female driver of the ute allegedly mounted the kerb and struck the pair as she turned from Lakeside Pde onto Greenwood Parkway at Jordan Springs near Penrith about 6.45pm.
The Daily Telegraph reports the mother suffered pelvis injuries and was taken to Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition, while her daughter was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with lacerations to her head.
The driver and her adult passenger were uninjured.
3. Funerals for Manrique-Lutz family attended by hundreds.
Hundreds have attended the funerals for the Manrique-Lutz family who were found dead along with their parents Fernando Manrique, 44, and his wife Maria Claudia Lutz, 43, in their Davidson house a fortnight ago in what police believe was a murder-suicide.
Sky News reports that a tin of paint brushes symbolising 11-year-old Elisa and 10-year-old Martin’s love of art was placed at the altar of the Holy Name Catholic Church in Wahroonga.
Family members travelled from Columbia for the service.
“We must now find peace and acceptance in our hearts,” the relatives said in a statement.
“It is not easy, and the exposure has only exacerbated our pain”.