Kruger firm favourite
EARLY birds at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day who think the group of beautifully dressed women first in line at the tote looks familiar are probably right – chances are it’s Sonia Kruger, Joh Griggs and Rachael Finch getting their bets on before starting work on Seven’s coverage.
The girls are among the first at the track and are always keen to lay their bets led, according to Sonia Kruger, by Joh Griggs.
‘‘ I’ve been doing the Melbourne Cup for seven or eight years now and you can’t help but be caught up in it,’’ Kruger says.
‘‘ You talk to people who know a lot about it and you pick up information – not that it makes you any more successful on the punt. In the morning we travel to Flemington in a minibus and we compare notes on the horses.
‘‘ Because we’re there very early, we’re the first people at the TAB. But Joh Griggs leads the way, she’s fully into it. People covet her tips.’’
Kruger ( pictured), will be on hand to critique the fashion and the famous faces and this year she has more of a personal interest in what people will be wearing – the Dancing With The Stars presenter has designed her own range for Myer.
‘‘ All of the girls on the broadcast team work with the Seven stylists but this year I’m wearing my own collection,’’ she says.
‘‘ The difference is that a lot of women I know wear shapewear underneath the dresses and it costs a lot of money to buy all that stuff and buy the dress, so I built the shapewear into all the dresses. We noticed that nobody else was doing that with the shapewear and thought, why not?’’
Kruger loves the theatre and colour of Cup day. ‘‘ It’s a true carnival because there’s so much great fashion going on and famous faces.
‘‘ This year we’ve got Sarah Jessica Parker and everyone’s going to be trying to catch a glimpse of her, although that’s going to be difficult because she’s so tiny. And there’s Joan Collins.
‘‘ The horses sometimes get pushed into the background a bit but the great thing about Cup carnival is all the fabulous looking guys in their suits there for the racing and soon as that starting gate opens, the focus shifts completely.’’
Kruger is a veteran of live television and knows things don’t always work as they should but she says if things go awry, she can always rely on Seven’s great sporting all- rounder, Bruce Mcavaney, who is again anchoring the Cup coverage.
‘‘ Yes, things can go wrong – it’s live TV after all,’’ Kruger says.
‘‘ We’ve had a situation where our notes don’t match the vision and you end up talking about the wrong person. Bruce has saved my bacon on so many occasions.
‘‘ I’ve made it my goal to convince him to be on Dancing With The Stars. I think he’d be great.’’