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PRE-pro­duc­tion on the movie based on

his­toric Mel­bourne Cup vic­tory will be­gin in Jan­uary. Ac­claimed ac­tor

who will make her fea­ture film di­rec­to­rial de­but with Ride Like A Girl, said that while she was still to cast the role of the trainer of 2015 Cup win­ner Prince Of Pen­zance, pre­pro­duc­tion was locked in and film­ing would start in March.

“It has been a re­ally huge ef­fort to make a movie about a girl at the bud­get we want to make it,” Grif­fiths said at the Myer mar­quee yes­ter­day.

“I am a year be­hind where I would have loved to have been, but the peo­ple I have met in the past year are go­ing to be the peo­ple who will help me de­liver a movie that is go­ing to win hearts.”

She hoped to film “as much as we can” in coun­try Vic­to­ria such as Bal­larat and War­rnam­bool.

“We want re­gional Vic­to­ria to be cel­e­brated,” she said. Of the Weir role, she has emerged as the new

Kruger will step into one of the high-pro­file roles va­cated by Wilkin­son fol­low­ing her de­fec­tion to Chan­nel 10, tak­ing the reins of the Carols by Can­dle­light.

She will co-host the muchloved festive cel­e­bra­tion in Mel­bourne on Christ­mas Eve along­side her To­day Ex­tra co­host,

But Kruger has ruled out a run at the To­day co-host­ing added: “It is un­usual for Alist men to play sup­port to a fe­male. They are used to own­ing their own sto­ries, so I have to find the right male who is con­fi­dent enough in him­self to say I want to be

(who has been cast as Payne) knight in shin­ing ar­mour.”

Grif­fiths was at Emi­rates s Stakes Day with her daugh­ters and

Also en­joy­ing the day was The Footy Show’s and his chil­dren

and role, de­spite find­ing her­self listed on bet­ting sites as a po­ten­tial con­tender.

“Bit of a long shot that one, I think,” Kruger said.

“It is a great job, who would not want it, but I ac­tu­ally feel su­per lucky to have my spot on To­day Ex­tra be­cause the hours are so good for me with

(her daugh­ter), I get to start at 9am and be home by 1pm. I think there are many more ap­pro­pri­ate peo­ple who could fill that po­si­tion.”

While she can’t sing, Kruger warned she was keen to show off noted dance moves at the carols.

“I could prob­a­bly bust out a carol along­side David, but you would def­i­nitely be able to tell which one of us was the singer,” she said.

“I did joke to him and say it would be fun if we did some­thing as Santa and Mrs Claus. We haven’t quite worked out that pro­duc­tion num­ber yet — stand by.”

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