Warwick TAB owners Kelly and Darren Zealley are ready for the 1000-plus people who will walk through their doors to place bets in today’s Melbourne Cup.
Warwick TAB owners Kelly and Darren Zealley are ready for the 1000-plus people who will walk through their doors to place bets in today’s Melbourne Cup. Erin Smith

Extra staff attend to Cup punters

IF WARWICK TAB owner Darren Zealley's predictions are right, more than 1000 people will walk through the doors of the Warwick TAB today, eager to place a bet on the race that stops the nation.

This year is Mr Zealley's second Melbourne Cup as the owner of the TAB.

"It was a massive day last year. We have put on an extra staff member to help out this year," he said.

"I am going to be manning a help desk to help the once-a-year punters fill out their tickets so we can keep things moving smoothly."

Also on offer for the less experienced punters is a $25 feature race pack.

Mr Zealley said it was the perfect option for those not sure about who to back.

"It gives you a 25 per cent trifecta, 25 per cent first four and $1 each way on four horses," he said.

"You can pick your horses or let the machine do it for you.

"This way in the Cup you might jag a trifecta which can pay anything from $5000 to $6000."

Mr Zealley said the doors would open at 7.30am so people could pop in and place their bets before heading off to work.

To keep things running smoothly and to lessen the wait in the queue, eftpos payments will only be available through terminal one.

"Terminals two, three and four will be cash only so we can keep the bets turning over," Mr Zealley said.

"So for a quicker process, cash would be a good idea."

The race will be screened at the TAB office on Grafton St and Mr Zealley said many people hung around after placing their bets to watch it unfold.

"The Melbourne Cup is just the one race that everyone is interested in - it truly is a nation-stopper," he said.

"It is normally really quiet to start with then, when it gets to the last 200m, everyone starts screaming and cheering their horse on to the finish.

"It is so loud no one can actually hear who is winning anyway."

When it comes to picking a winner, Mr Zealley said most tended to base their bets on colour, lucky numbers or birthdays.

However Mr Zealley said, based on the horse's last two runs, Dear Demi would be a great each way bet.



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