Melbourne Cup 2015 tips (roundup)

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Two and a half hours to go.

Here are the picks from the tipsters we’ve rounded up this morning.

Greg McKenna (correct last two years): Tight call but picking Preferment.

Macquarie quant: Trip to Paris, Fame Game, The United States, The Offer, Criterion, Almoonqith, with Red Cadeaux for a six-horse box trifecta.

Credit Suisse quant: Criterion, Bondi Beach, Trip to Paris, Fame Game, Excess Knowledge, Red Cadeaux.

PwC’s big data algorithm including decision trees and their ensemble counter-parts: Fame Game, followed by Preferment, Trip to Paris, Almoonqith, and Who Shot Thebarman.

Microsoft’s Bing data analysis: Trip to Paris, The United States, Preferment, Excess Knowledge, Our Ivanhoe, Criterion.

Millionaire Boost Juice founder Janine Allis: The United States.

10 things you need to know this morning columnist Peter Farquhar: Almoonqith, Fame Game, Red Cadeaux, Preferment and Trip to Paris.

BONUS: My cousin Kevin the globetrotting horse-mad actuarial genius: 1-2-3-4 Sky Hunter, Max Dynamite, Excess Knowledge, The United States.

Have fun at lunch. Try not to lose too much money. We’ll have the RBA and the race result on the site this afternoon.