Punters treated to
■ 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.