Network 10 Unveils Its Stable Of Melbourne Cup Experts
They're the fab five who'll bring the Cup to life.
Network 10 will broadcast this year's Melbourne Cup Carnival, and today we're unveiling our outstanding line-up of experts, who will be spearheaded over the Carnival by the one and only Francesca Cumani.
Studio 10, The Project, 10 News First and The Loop will all broadcast live from the track, and of course, 10 daily will bring you all the stories, the colour, and the all-important hot racing (and fashion!) tips.
"We’ve locked in the best of the best racing experts to bring 10’s multi-platform coverage of the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival to life," Network 10’s head of sport, Matt White said.
Let's get to know our experts a little better.
Peter Moody, Expert Commentator
The former trainer who had unbeaten champion Black Caviar in his stable is a household name, who oozes racing experience, insight and passion, and who speaks plain language that everyone can understand.
"I'm probably there to aid the punting, that’s where my main asset’s going to lie," Moody told 10 daily.
We asked Peter how his working life had changed since he gave the training game away a couple of years ago.
"It’s good, I've got a staff of one now -- myself! -- instead of 70. The incomings aren't as good, but the outgoings are significantly lower."
Peter said he'd try to bring a bit of the colour and and "theatre" of racing to the small screen.
"I'm the sort of person to call a spade a spade. I try not to offend, but if I do, I generally apologise beforehand!"
DAVID GATELY, FORM ANALYST
When it comes to analysing horse racing, there is no-one who understands the mechanics and intricacies of the form better than David “Gator” Gately, the man behind the successful punting site Oz Racing Form.
"We want to give punters as much information as possible to make an informed decision," he told 10 daily.
"The plan is to give a top-rated runner on each race, irrespective of the odds, as well as the main danger, and a value runner which might be over the odds."
CATY PRICE, STALLS REPORTER
They call her "The Princess of the Punt" and as much as she loves a flutter herself, this 10 News First senior sports reporter and racing-lover will also be delivering all the news from the horse stalls.
"The horse stalls are where a lot of stories come from before the race,' she told 10 daily.
"I'll be speaking to owners, trainers, strappers, in the one area where you can get an insight into the animal itself, and how each horse behaves around the stables."
In 15 years covering the races, Caty has been bitten by horses, head-butted, and one time, a cheeky colt even tried to lift up her skirt! But that's a story for another day.
BRITTANY TAYLOR, HORSEBACK INTERVIEWER
For a few key moments after the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup, Britt Taylor will have the most important job in Australia -- interviewing the winning jockey.
"I get nervous when you put it like that," she told 10 daily.
"I think the moment straight after the race is the best moment of all -- that moment of self-realisation when you can see the jockey thinking 'pinch me, is this happening now?'.
"In reality I'm more excited than anything. You just want to capture that moment perfectly."
Taylor is a third generation member of a strong West Australian racing family. She also rides trackwork in Perth, so her riding skills are definitely up to scratch.
But is it hard to ride and interview at the same time?
"I’m a woman, and women can multi-task," she laughed.
MICHAEL FELGATE, MOUNTING YARD REPORTER
All those months and even years of preparation for a big race like the Melbourne Cup can all go awry in an instant if a horse is not quite right on the day.
And if that happens, experienced racing broadcaster and journalist Michael Felgate will be right there in the Flemington mounting yard to tell us.
Felgate will cast his eye over all the horses before the race, analysing both their racing form and physical form.
"Horses can get nervous like humans get nervous," he told 10 daily.
"They are smart animals. They can feel the atmosphere of 100 thousand people. Most of them -- and especially the Europeans -- have never experienced an atmosphere like it, so it's crucial that they handle it."
One racing champ we know for sure will handle it is Felgate himself.
Network 10 is the official broadcaster of the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival.