KEEN PUNTER: Damien Clinton watches the TV screen closely at Callaghan Park to see if his bet will pay off.
KEEN PUNTER: Damien Clinton watches the TV screen closely at Callaghan Park to see if his bet will pay off. Chris Ison Rokcmelbcup

Local punters enjoy the fun of betting at the Cup

IT WAS five years ago when Rockhampton's Damien Clinton picked the winning horse for the Melbourne Cup.

The local part-time amusement rides worker was hoping he'd have the same luck again this year at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park.

Although it looked like the horse he had tipped to win had a chance at the start of the race, unfortunately he didn't pick the winning horse, Prince Of Penzance.

But for Damien losing his bet was all part of the fun that's involved in the race that stops the nation.

Yesterday, Damien and his family spent their first Melbourne Cup Day at the Rockhampton racetrack.

Damien, 23, said although he missed out on a winning bet, going for a punt was something he did every Melbourne Cup day.

"I'm not normally a big gambler but sometimes I like to have a bet, especially on big races like the Melbourne Cup," he said.

"I put a trifecta on and was hoping Trip to Paris or The Offer would place because I thought the jockey's were pretty good but maybe next year.

"I put a little bit on but not much because it's just for a fun bet but if I had won the trifecta it would have been a big win, but it didn't and that's ok, it's all part of life.

"About five years ago I picked the winner so that's the closest thing I've been in previous years. We'll have to try again next year."

Damien said it was a good atmosphere at the Rockhampton track yesterday.

"It was good to get out of the house and have a bit of fun with the family," he said.

"Might be here again next year for another go at the win."



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