ASA Calcutta Luncheon

Proudly Sponsored By Ligentia


November 3, 2023
River Room, Crown Melbourne

Past Event Overview

The ASA’s flagship event, the Calcutta Luncheon – proudly sponsored by Ligentia – was held last November 3 and was a huge success!

This event was indeed the perfect way to bring your team and customers together for a great day focused on networking and relaxed entertainment. There was plenty of action as well-known sports commentator and racing expert Nigel Carmody was the event MC, Damien Oliver as Keynote Speaker, and Brent Zerafa, Clint Hutchison, and Grace Ramage as panellists for our Exclusive Melbourne Cup. Attendees had the chance to bid on the favourites for this year’s Melbourne Cup.


Time:            12.30pm – 4.30pm
Location:     River Room, Level 1 Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Keynote Speaker

Damien Oliver

Damien Oliver



Damien Oliver is amongst Australia’s greatest-ever jockeys and is a member of an exclusive club that has ridden the “Grand Slam” of Australian racing. Oliver has won the Melbourne Cup three times, the Cox Plate twice, the Caulfield Cup four times, and had a Golden Slipper win too. He is a 14-time Scobie Breasley Medal winner and was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.


Nigel Carmody

Nigel Carmody



Nigel’s affinity with and love of horse racing has seen him take on hosting duties for Seven’s Racing coverage and with the sport’s dedicated channel, Front and centre for major race meetings at iconic tracks including Flemington, Caulfield and The Valley, he has driven the conversation as a host on programs such as The Wrap, Spring Contenders and After The Last.

Exclusive Melbourne Cup Panel

This unique, short-form panel session brings together some of the racing industry’s leading experts and commentators. 

Nic Ashman

Nic Ashman

The Beaten Favourite Podcast / SEN Track / 7 Horseracing / Three Wide No Cover


Nic Ashman has been working in the racing broadcast industry for over a decade, working across Sky Racing,, Fox Sports & Channel 7. Nic has built a strong reputation in the industry as a times analyst that finds winners at big prices. Nic features on Three Wide No Cover alongside Simon Marshall & Grace Ramage.

Clint Hutchison

Clint Hutchison / Hutchi’s Honkers / Triple Trio Podcast


Clint Hutchison is a racing broadcaster and tipster who is popular amongst fans and colleagues alike. He is currently one of the panellists on’s flagship show Get On, where he provides his unique insights and free racing tips. “Hutchi” was raised in Hong Kong by his father Bruce Hutchison, a former HKJC licensed trainer.

Brent Zerafa

Brent Zerafa


Brent Zerafa is a presenter, journalist and tipster with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the racing industry. He is currently part of the team, where he features on the popular show Get On as well as co-hosting the Sectional Stars program alongside Nic Ashman. His unique insights and racing tips are sought after by punters all around Australia.

Grace Ramage

Grace Ramage

Lindsay Park Racing / Ladies Who Punt Podcast / Three Wide No Cover


Grace Ramage is a horse racing journalist and presenter who works for, and has quickly established herself as one of the best young journos in the industry. Her work includes hosting Melbourne’s metropolitan meets, heading some of the network’s more popular programs and writing articles for the website.

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Snapshot of This Year’s Event

Over 150 Members and guests joined us at Calcutta Luncheon. Highlights from the day included an insightful, and often hilarious, panel session with some of Australia’s leading jockeys and trainers. This unique session provided a peek behind the scenes of the race that stops a nation and gave the audience a real insight into what it’s like to ride, train and own some of the top horses we all know and love.