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As I wrote in my last Blog, Dubai Duty Free not only sponsored the big race itself but also our competition, offering the winner a ticket in the retailer’s ‘Millennium Millionaire’ raffle – offering the chance to win – yes, really – a million Dollars.
Contestants had to choose first, second and third places in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, helped greatly by the expert advice of our anonymous betting expert, The Moodie Tipster (pictured top)
Plenty of you got first (the favourite Harzand) and second (second favourite Idaho) right, but none of you picked the third-placed Stellar Mass – not surprisingly given that it was a 33-1 shot.
US airport retail veteran Alan Gluck, Chairman of Airport Economic & Concession, picked first and second but opted for Moonlight Magic (sixth) to come third, the same oh-so-close prediction as that of Kathi Wolfe, General Manager at Dufry in Chicago. Even closer was John Hume of travel retail industry lobbyists Hume Brophy, no doubt reeling from the Brexit result, who also picked the first two home but selected Port Douglas (fifth) for third place.
All of them came up just short of David Spillane, whose pick for third, 10-1 shot Red Verdon, finished a close 4th.
So David (who was on course at the Curragh to cheer home his selections), there’s a ticket in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw heading your way soon. Pretty soon, Global Travel Retail Sales’ 2016 P&L could look a whole lot better.
Footnote: The Moodie Tipster’s duty free horse racing prediction concession has been extended for another year after a commendable effort on Saturday. He went for Idaho (2nd), Harzand (1st) and Red Verdon (4th) in that order. Close but no cigar.