Cup win­ner is a grin­ner

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

A life­long Har­vey res­i­dent won two tick­ets to the Mel­bourne Cup af­ter her name was drawn in The West Aus­tralian Re­gional News­pa­per Group com­pe­ti­tion.

Domenica Zap­pia said she had for­got­ten about en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and thought it was a mis­take when she re­ceived her win­ning phone call.

“It’s re­ally amaz­ing to me, to win some­thing at my age. I’m 82 and I’ve never won any­thing be­fore,” Mrs Zap­pia said.

An avid gar­dener, Mrs Zap­pia said she was ex­cited to see all the flo­ral dis­plays on the big day.

“I’m just look­ing for­ward to the whole trip,” Mrs Zap­pia said.

“I be­lieve the roses are mag­nif­i­cent and I’m a lover of roses.” Mrs Zap­pia said she had never been to any horserac­ing event and had not picked a Mel­bourne Cup win­ner.

But she did plan on hav­ing a cheeky punt on the race this year.

Ms Zap­pia said she was thank­ful to the The West Aus­tralian Re­gional News­pa­pers for run­ning the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mrs Zap­pia said she had lived in Har­vey for 62 years, hav­ing grown up on the fam­ily farm in Benger be­fore that.

Daugh­ter Joyce Sor­gio­vanni said she had been to the Mel­bourne Cup and would show her mother the ropes.

“She de­serves it. It’s very ex­cit­ing for Mum,” Mrs Sor­gio­vanni said.

Har­vey res­i­dent Domenica Zap­pia has won two tick­ets to the Mel­bourne Cup.

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