I have never been to the Melbourne Cup. Since I was about 25 ( and that’s over 25 years ago) I have promised myself each year I will go but things seem to happen or I just don’t get organised ( more often this is the reason). So of course it’s still a ‘next year’ event for me.
I have been to races in Sydney. The best part is the dressing up. It’s one occasion where I do buy something new with all the accessories and of course a fascinator to add to the glamour. I’m not a hat person so the fascinator is just right.
Coming in second place is betting on the horses. My race day has always been with my girlfriends. We sit in the Members stand, sip champagne and eat ‘lady food’. We are hard core punters. We open our purses and let out a $10 per race for the whole day each (that’s between all of us not individually haha). We choose our horses carefully…What’s the jockey wearing? Does the name have significance? Does the horse look pretty as it is paraded before the race? Yes, we obviously take our punting seriously.
Occasionally on a race we might splurge individually, if one horse takes our eye and it isn’t our turn to bet on a race. This is where we splurge and bet with a $5 of our own! We rub shoulders in the queue with those rolling hundreds (yes plural!!) of $100 and notes while we work hard to remember our “Horse number * Race * Name of Race track method to bet.
We watch the races and cheer loudly at the mention of our horse’s name, so you can only begin to imagine the squeals should we win. Actually beginners luck usually has us go ok in the first few races.
At work we usually have an afternoon tea and watch the Melbourne Cup race replayed .Some dress up with hats and fascinators – I’m one of those! Today I wore my miniature hat , a creation of my own , put together for another outing but not worn. While I had no luck in the horse sweep I had a great time with my work colleagues…and some tasty nibbles to add to it!
How was Melbourne Cup day for you? Have you been to the Melbourne Cup? What was most magical about it for you ?