Maremma guard dog Amor has chosen his Melbourne Cup placegetters

MAREMMA guard dog Amor has risked it for the biscuit, and chosen his Melbourne Cup placegetters.

Inspired by the octopus who chooses the World Cup victors, The Standard, along with help from the Warrnambool City Council and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, organised for the penguin guardian to select the winner of Tuesday’s race. 

WATCH: Maremma Amor chooses the Melbourne Cup winner. VIDEO: Rob Gunstone

Twenty-four numbered plates were set up in a horse shoe shape, with a biscuit on each.

Amor then made his selection by chowing down on the treats.

The guard dog in training chose Exospheric in first place. Almoonquith was his second choice, while third went to Bondi Beach.

The race that stops the nation is broadcast at 3pm.

Local hopeful Jameka, trained by Ciaron Maher and co-owned by Warrnambool businessman Colin McKenna, is third favourite behind Hartnell and Oceanographer, according to TAB.

This story was first published on The Standard.