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Lollies 'n Cricket Balls
Kathryn wrote to us wanting to know what jaffa means in cricket or if it was slang for something else. Actually jaffa is slang in cricket for a ball that moves through the air or off the pitch so much that it is very difficult for a batsman to play successfully. Jaffa is also the name of a popular lollie (candy) in Australia. So you can eat Jaffa while watching a jaffa.
Speaking of cricket, if you ever wondered what cricket is all about, here's a good Aussie website with an extensive glossary to help you understand the rules and the slang.
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Green Moon won the two-mile 2012 Melbourne Cup race by a length and a half over the second place winner Fiorente with Jakkalberry third and Kelinni fourth.
If you had picked the First Four Winners, you would have earned almost a million dollars – $969,406.60.
Green Moon's Cup win may have come as a surprise to many after his poor 7th place Cox Plate performance last month. Melbourne Cup 2011 winner Dunaden finished 14th this year. Americain, the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner had a dismal 11th place finish. Of the 24 Melbourne Cup starters, 18 horses were bred in Europe. Only two were bred in Australia (Niwot and Ethiopia) with only the latter bred from Australian horses. The Cup was presented by the Duchess of Cornwall.
Shawnie asked us to "name all the women in the Cup." First woman owner to win: Mrs EA Widdis with Patrobas (1915). First female jockey: M Lyndon on Argonaut Style (1987). First Aussie female jockey: Clare Lindop on Debben (2003). For more Melbourne Cup Trivia.
As pretty much all Aussies know by now, Dunaden took 1st place with Red Cadeaux 2nd and Lucas Cranach 3rd at the 2011 Melbourne Cup. Last place was Modun.
What people outside Australia don't understand is how much we love this horse race. Who wouldn't love getting time off work to party and place a bet. Even our pollies didn't want to miss the race. (Federal Parliament's Question Time was brought forward by half an hour.)
Premonition for the coming election? The ABC News reported that our Prime Minister tipped Manighar to win while the opposition leader Tony Abbott selected Dunaden.
The Bathurst 1000 is known among many Aussie race fans as simply "The Great Race". The race on 9 October 2011 saw Nick Percat become the first rookie winner of the race since 1977. Although veterans Loundes and Skaife were 2nd place winners, they did not lead a single lap all day. Congratulations once again to Holden.
We've updated our race information to include this year's winners. See our Bathurst 1000 winners since 1960.