The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WORDS:

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.

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