Tuesday, 01 November 2011 11:52

Melbourne Cup

Written by  Sharon Lenton

This is the invitation I wait for with pure excitement every year. 

The Westin “invitation only”, Melbourne Cup breakfast sponsored by Moet & Chandon, epitomises glamour and style.  The room was filled with spring flowers to set the scene of a garden party returning us to the era of the 1920s.

Not a stone was left unturned at this event - on arrival you were greeted with attentive staff, the men were pinned with their yellow rose; women were immediately encouraged to commence the celebrations with a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne, the food was impeccable and it was smiles and excitement that filled this immaculate room.

The event saw the arrival of Ricki-Lee Coulter (who looked beautiful in a soft metallic one shoulder dress), and our larger than life funny lady, Maria Venutti (wearing her infamous touch of leopard print).

You certainly know that the Melbourne Cup has reached the world with the dominance of the overseas horses.  With these horses brought their international supporters and they certainly enjoyed the Australian hospitality at the Westin Hotel.

After breakfast it is off to the races. 

My dear friends Glenn & Vivve Williams own Karuta Queen and so kindly invited me into the enclosure.  Lily (Karuta Queen's stable name) ran a gallant second in Race 5, Schweppes Tonic 1000. 

This year we saw the winner of the Melbourne Cup taken out by Dunaden (FR) which came with sadness.  As an admirer of the talented jockey Craig Williams, who was booked to ride Dunaden, unfortunately he was unable to overturn his suspension.  He was replaced with Mikel Delzangles who rode the horse to victory.

As the race day comes to a close it certainly does not mean we do.   With over 30 of us staying at the Stamford on Little Collins you are never short a friend to have a celebratory champagne with. 

And a big thank you goes to Pat Lucas who always organises our fabulous table for us at the Flower Drum.

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