Over the last few years, we have been working with many Australian super funds as they raced to the market with their own MySuper product – a low cost, default option with a single diversified investment option, a level of insurance and standardised disclosure around costs/fees.

My task today, for the total sum of $100, is to develop a MyMelbourneCup product – a low cost ($100), default betting option with a diversified investment option (i.e. several horses), a level of insurance (i.e. each way betting) and standardised disclosure around costs/fees.

Just like a good investment option that has a balanced strategic asset allocation between equities, fixed interest, property, infrastructure and alternatives (both domestic and foreign), a good MyMelbourneCup will include the following asset allocation:

Asset class A: An Australian bred horse that has been racing in Australia;
Asset class B: A New Zealand bred horse that has been racing in both New Zealand
and Australia;
Asset class C: An overseas bred horse that has acclimatised to Australia and has had a start in Australia; and
Asset class D: An overseas horse (whether European or Asian) that has been brought to Australia via the quarantine centre at Werribee specifically for the carnival.

Similarly, my advice to the investment managers within each sector is that:

Past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future performance.
No matter how good the horse, if the horse cannot stay the 3,200m, it won’t.
Weight stops even the best horse – this is why it is a handicap.
Good barriers count.
A good ride by a top jockey can improve a horse by a couple of lengths.
Track conditions on the day may improve or decrease some horses chances.

So with this in mind (and having to come up with my selections prior to the final field being declared prior to Derby Day), my MyMelbourneCup default option is as follows:

$10 each way Asset class A – Fawkner (last year’s Caulfield Cup winner, good 6th in last year’s Melbourne Cup and great Cox Plate run on Saturday)

$10 each way Asset class B – Lucia Valentina (Caulfield Cup is still the best form line and she came home indicating the long straight of Flemington will suit)

$10 each way Asset class C – Protectionist (did anyone miss the fast closing 4th in the Herbert Power the other week)

$10 each way Asset class D – Red Cadeaux (the Smokey of the field, whilst an older worker now – he’s 9, could easily have won two Melbourne Cups, and will go close again this year)

Box Trifecta – Flexi $20

Good luck and happy punting.

Damian Ryan
Financial Services Specialist
Leader Funds and Superannuation tax practice – Sydney and Brisbane

Please read the MyMelbourneCup product disclosure document
This guide is of a general nature only and should not be relied on.
Individual investors should seek their own advice specific to their financial circumstances

4 thoughts on “MyMelbourneCup

  1. Brilliant article! Just the entertaining reading I need after an unsuccessful Cup Day. If only I’d followed Damian’s advice prior to the running of the “race that stops a nation”.

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