The stakes were high as the punters and fashionistas rolled in to The Pier Bar for the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup. Guests at the event enjoyed a three-course luncheon surrounded by creative theming, which included green turf, fresh cut flowers and miniature horse figurines. In true Melbourne Cup style there was a steady flow of bubbles and a big screen of the live action. I’m not a gambling girl, which is why the sweepstakes work well for me. I got my ticket just in time to hear silence. It went deathly quiet, I looked around the room, then boom, the gates dropped, people in the crowd jumped to their feet and a mighty roar filled the room. We all know how the story ends, Rekindling charged through the finishing line. Two gentlemen beside me embraced, clearly the odds were in their favour. Me on the other hand, I am going to stick to fashions on the field and leave the betting to the true punters.