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Every business needs an alternative investment strategy and The Moodie Report’s is paying off nicely.
Looking around for another global sector such as travel retail, full of risk, reward and uncertainty, we found one… horse racing.
Over recent months we have conducted a number of online readers’ competitions involving Dubai Duty Free-sponsored horse races, at Newbury and the Curragh (near Dublin) respectively.
On each occasion Dubai Duty Free has offered some great prizes – tickets in their raffle draws to win a million Dollars and/or luxury cars. Our resident Moodie Tipster (pictured below), the most stabilized of the mercurial Moodie team, has been on hand to assist readers with a unique horse-by-horse guide to each race.
And here’s the thing – straight from the horse’s mouth – the Moodie Tipster’s picks are winning.
For the Dubai Duty Free Multi-Millionaire Handicap at Newbury in June, he selected the appropriately named Chief Editor, surmising: “With a name like that and at odds of 3/1, The Moodie Tipster believes this classy gelding to be the surest thing since we backed the All Blacks to win the last Rugby World Cup. Which means it will probably choke half way down the finishing straight… ”
Chief Editor duly hit its race deadline and won easily. On Sunday at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in Ireland, the Moodie Tipster was at it again. Highlighting the merits of the eventual winner, Fame and Glory [pictured below], he wrote: “Few will head this classy colt who has won four out of his five starts. Fame and glory has been synonymous with Dubai Duty Free over the past quarter century and it certainly beckons for the Aidan O’Brien-trained star.”
Several readers followed the tip and two of them – Aer Rianta International’s John Kilmartin and Iñaki Arteaga from Philip Morris Spain – now have the chance to win a million Dollars and a luxury car respectively.
So there you have it. Times may be tough but there are still opportunities out there. With advertising revenues under pressure, The Moodie Report’s plunge into the world of gambling looks like a sure-fire diversification bet. And what were the odds on that?