Pun­ters treated to

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

■ Kar­ratha venues put their best foot for­ward for Mel­bourne Cup last Tues­day, re­ward­ing res­i­dents who made a day of the big race.

Lo­cal ladies donned their finest frocks and fas­ci­na­tors, gentle­men dusted off their suits and all flocked to bars around town to have a punt and watch Michelle Payne make his­tory by be­com­ing the first fe­male jockey to win the Mel­bourne Cup, rid­ing out­sider Prince of Pen­zance.

The Tam­brey held an ex­clu­sive lun­cheon in the func­tion room, which was dra­mat­i­cally decked out in red and black, and where guests could watch the race on the big­gest screen in the Pil­bara.

Lo­cal band De­coy per­formed af­ter the race to keep the en­ter­tain­ment go­ing on into the af­ter­noon.

Across town, the Ibis Ho­tel’s front sports bar was crowded with peo­ple watch­ing the race on sev­eral screens and hav­ing a bet with their beer.

Its back func­tion room, dec­o­rated with a sum­mery trop­i­cal theme, hosted a mainly seafood buf­fet lunch served on shin­ing sil­ver plat­ters.

The ladies in at­ten­dance im­pressed with the over­all best millinery in town. Blanche Bar served up a sump­tu­ous-look­ing three-course set menu for guests.

The meal and gen­er­ous drinks seemed to be lift­ing the spir­its of some pun­ters dis­ap­pointed with their re­sults in the race.

Mean­while, Kar­ratha In­ter­na­tional put on a high tea, and in Dampier, the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club hosted a har­bour-view lunch for din­ers.

Deb­o­rah Watts, Kresta Scott, Jules Acker and Carly Malone.

Mel and Graeme Wilkes.

Rob Sleator and Dar­ren Wright.

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