KONNIE Gold knows a winner when she sees one.
The Gold Coast-based psychic picked yesterday’s Melbourne Cup winner, No.8 Americain, the day before the famous race was held.
Ms Gold, who helps to organise the Australian Psychic Expo for Tweed Heads every June, said it was the first time she had tried to predict the winner of the race that stops a nation.
“My guardian angel told me who it would be; after that I knew that he would be the one to win,” Ms Gold said.
“This is the first time I’ve ever tried to predict the Melbourne Cup winner. I’ve just never thought of it before.
“I think the punters will be knocking the door down for an answer for next year’s race.”
Although she got the big one right, several of her other predictions fell by the wayside.
On Monday, she said favourite So You Think would not place, and that Master O’Reilly would place in the top four.
Yesterday’s results told a different story however, with So You Think placing third and Master O’Reilly trailing at 15th.
“I got the first-place winner right though,” she said.
And after all, few could disagree that is the one that really matters.
Australians made a day of the races according to the TAB, with a record amount of money wagered on the race.
The TAB collected a record $98.1 million from punters in Victoria and NSW compared to $96 million last year.
TAB Sportsbet took another $9.3 million, up from $6 million in 2009, to take the total amount bet to $107.5 million.
So You Think, which started at $3, was $2.40 when the market closed as the field turned for home.
And surprisingly, winner Americain was still $12, the same price it started, as they entered the straight.
Brisbane-based UniTab, which caters for Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory, took more than $23 million.