The Melbourne Cup Carnival is upon us, and with the emergence of Twitter as a powerful social platform, it has become an increasingly relevant outlet for information.
But Twitter is not only a chance to discover information – it is also a chance to meet like-minded people. What better time is there to meet racing fans than Cup Week?
Just Horse Racing recommends these 10 tweeps to follow over the next few days to enhance your social experience over the Melbourne Cup Carnival:
Flemington Racecourse – @MelbCupCarnival
Flemington’s official Twitter account is the source of all information regarding Australia’s best racecourse. In the week ahead, they will provide critical information about all aspects of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Racing Victoria – @RacingInsider
Racing Victoria’s official Twitter account features articles and interviews from their talented team. They will bring news tomorrow about any withdrawals from the Melbourne Cup, as well as the makeup of the final field around 6:30pm. Also great to follow for information about the internationals.
Andrew Bensley – @AndrewBensley
Andrew Bensley is racing’s newshound. If something is happening in the racing industry, “Hoss” knows about it. He’ll keep you up to date with all the breaking racing news in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup.
Shane Anderson – @Globalgallop
Shane Anderson, host of Radio Sport National’s Racing Ahead, is one of racing’s pioneers when it comes to social media. He is the voice of racing in Melbourne, and he is someone you must follow heading into the biggest week of racing on the calendar.
Danny Power – @thethoroughbred
Danny Power has been around the traps for years, and knows almost everything about the racing game. His tweets are priceless, with his wealth of knowledge evident. Hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t have at least one enlightening fact for his followers.
Steve Meakes – @ourmaizcay
Steve Meakes is one of Twitter’s faceless men. In politics, that may be a bad thing, but upon Twitter’s racing community it’s a compliment. Steve is widely respected for his informative tweets, infused with a little bit of humour. If you ever meet him, please let us know – you deserve a gold medal.
Kerrin McEvoy – @KPMcEvoy
Kerrin McEvoy was one of the first jockeys to really take to Twitter, opening up a new frontier for communications in the racing industry. McEvoy is not assured a Melbourne Cup ride yet, with his mount Lost In The Moment still outside the final 24. Nevertheless, he will still provide a terrific insight into what it is like to be a jockey at the carnival.
Francesca Cumani – @francescacumani
It is not a stretch to say Francesca Cumani is the face of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. She’s glamourous, a must for any face of the carnival, but she also provides unique insights into the racing world. Her father Luca will be aiming to win his first Melbourne Cup with Mount Athos and My Quest For Peace next Tuesday.
Andrew Hawkins – @AndrewNJHawkins
Andrew Hawkins is our freelance journalist who is a “Twitter addict” – expect to see a lot of news from him over the Carnival. His comprehensive Melbourne Cup preview has been a massive hit in recent years, and we expect it to be the same this year. Not many are as passionate about the “race that stops the nation” as this bloke. And you can even help to #gethawkamisses – it’s an official hashtag!
Just Horse Racing – @JustHorseRacing
We’ll have all the latest news from Flemington, as well as free tips for you. Our tips have been on fire recently, so why would you bother paying for selections? Our journalists will be at Flemington all four days with the latest news and views.
Get on Twitter and tell us who you think we should follow! We’ll post a list of your favourite tweeps ahead of the Melbourne Cup next Tuesday.