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Turnbull has good blood, pulls right: ALP

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016

As politicians dust off their form guides and look for a lucky tip for the Melbourne Cup, one Labor senator knows who he won't be backing: Malcolm Turnbull.

Doug Cameron gave his own take on the field when asked about the prime minister's border protection policy of banning asylum seekers arriving by boat from entering Australia.

"If this guy was running in the Melbourne Cup today you'd say good bloodline, pulling to the right and heading for the knackers yard," he told reporters in Canberra.

The prime minister has his eye on the real horses, taking an each-way bet for the day.

"I'm tipping Hartnell after the win at the Turnbull Stakes, and as the member for Wentworth, I'll also back Bondi Beach," he tweeted.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said as a former union rep for jockeys, stable hands and ground staff and he loved the people part of racing.

He had tipped Jameka in the morning papers but was second-guessing himself after speaking with Triple M radio host Emma Freedman, the daughter of five-time Cup winning trainer Lee.

"Lloyd Williams has got a lot of horses and Almandin's running, and this just shows you what a mug punter I am - (I like) its colours. It's got a bit of red, a bit of white, a bit of blue and it reminds me of the Western Bulldogs," he told Triple M.

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