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Well, The Moodie Tipster did pick three of the four first horses in Saturday’s thrilling Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, but he didn’t pick the one that really mattered – the winner.
Like all the entrants in our readers’ competition in association with Dubai Duty Free to pick the result of the big race, The Moodie Tipster was blind-sided by the capricious Capri, who made a mockery of previous form by storming home to narrowly defeat Cracksman (The Moodie Tipster’s choice) and Epsom Derby winner Wings of Eagle (correctly picked by The Moodie Tipster to finish third).
The final result looked like this:
- Wings of Eagles
Capri may have seemed a no-hoper to our resident tipster but no fewer than four of our contestants placed him in the top four, a sterling effort, especially as each of them also named the other three horses to finish in the top places.
Veteran industry executive and journalist John Gallagher picked Waldgeist (1), Cracksman (2), Wings of Eagles (3) and Capri (4).
Stephanie Collier (Kekepania), Marketing Manager, Strategic Accounts & Mexico for Maui Jim, opted for Wings of Eagles to win, followed by Cracksman, Waldgeist and Capri. That same combination was chosen by Sebastien Guesney of Pernod-Ricard.
Great predictions all, but this year’s winner – and, still champion of the world as they say in boxing – is our 2016 victor, David Spillane of Global Travel Retail Sales, who went for:
- Wings of Eagle
On the strength of picking Capri in the highest finishing place and also being closest to choosing the winner, David (who was at the event on Saturday) retains his title as travel retail’s foremost tipster, ahead of our very own Moodie Tipster who, on vet’s orders, has been put back out to pasture for another year to help him recover from a “betting breakdown”.
David duly wins a ticket in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire prize draw, offering him the chance to become a US Dollar millionaire in coming weeks. Though chances are with his ability to pick horse racing results, he may be that already.
Thanks to all who entered.