The 154th Melbourne Cup

I said it all on the day really; with a quickie Facebook post that captured a moment:

“ IN Melbourne, AT Flemington, for the 154th run of the richest handicap horse race in the world, and the 2nd richest turf race in the world. (2nd only to the riches of the Dubai World Cup). The Melbourne Cup is widely known as the people’s race and therefore regarded as the greatest horse race on the sporting calendar – and judging by the buzz, excitement and anticipation brewing around me right now, I’d have to agree. 
It’s the 3min race that’s televised to over 700 million people in 120 countries and is a public holiday for the state of Victoria.

You’ll next find me having a bet, a drink and a dance with the 100,000+ owners, trainers, jockeys, strappers, punters, fashionistas and countless other internationals fortunate enough to be here for the sport of kings.

That’s enough from me. I’ll sign off with some words sung to me by a winning owner at Ascot. A sound (and little dance) I will never forget…. “It’s all a little bit like magic….” ‪#‎EmotionalAlready ‪#‎SpringCarnival ‪#‎Day4‪#‎RaceThatStopsANation ‪#‎MelbourneCup ‪#‎GiddyUp 

#‎LetItRide ‪#‎SafeRide “

The stats say one thing, while being there says another. A day of high emotion, much merriment and quite a lighter wallet by the end of play (for me anyway).

A few years back I was lucky enough to be in Kentucky, attending the Lexington Selected Yearly Sale – where some of the best bred yearlings are auctioned to the highest bidders. Quite a surreal experience where I learnt a great deal about how some of the world’s richest and keenest horse racers select a winning* thoroughbred.

Sheikhs would fly in on private helicopters while I sat cautiously on my hands in fear of accidently buying a $1.2million risk on legs.

I’ve been fortunate in my time to come from a country rich in horse racing and while I’ve attended Ascot and seen future champions bought in the space of minutes – the Melbourne Cup was something special and will never be forgotten.

For the fashionista’s out there the Melbourne Cup Carnival is just as much about fashion and style as it is about racing. Everyone makes an effort and most women look fantastic.

I opted for black and wore a swimming costume by Seafolly (its true), with a skirt from a local Sydney boutique. My headpiece was American label Chromat.

 Until the next adventurexox

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