Kruger firm favourite

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television -

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.’’

DAVID POUGHER Mel­bourne Cup Day, South­ern Cross from 10am

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