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Systems, superstitions and Fashions in our Field

Cobbling a few words together about the Melbourne Cup!



Melbourne Cup Luncheon at Coffs Harbour Races
Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Thought I’d cobble a few words together and tell you what a great day out we had today at the races here in Coffs Harbour!

To start with it’s really a gathering of the salubrious members of East Hills Caravan Club for our annual holiday and this time we are at Moonee Beach, just 10 minutes north of Coffs Harbour. It’s a delightful spot on the mouth of a river where we can kayak, swim or just enjoy walking the dogs on the beach.

Four couples, Hil and Peter Heanly, Mal and Tina Burgess, Di and Peter Marchbank and Dave and Lesley Forster are only 8 of the members, and this year we were sadly missing Mike Flanagan and Nola Foster. However, they were in our thoughts and we hope to see them next year.

The Boules Competition is already underway with very keen participation and a determination to take the coveted trophy – a lovely picture of South West Rocks, away from Queensland and the Marchbanks. And who will win it this year we wonder …

Clouds and light drizzle were not welcome as Melbourne Cup Day dawned, but the sun eventually shone and we dressed up in our glad rags just the same, and made a very presentable little group as we arrived for a splendid luncheon at Coffs Harbour Racing Club. Our table was waiting and correctly labelled for East Hills Caravan Club, right next to a front window. Superb organising by Hilary.

Fascinators were everywhere in many shapes and colours, along with some very smartly dressed men and women for Fashions in the Field.

We placed our bets – here, there and on just about everything running in the Cup and locally – how exciting it was to “study form”. If only we really knew how to do it … then we would all have heaps of ‘lolly’ – but it’s not like that is it.

A glorious buffet luncheon was served and this saw us join very long queues but amazingly there was a lot of delicious food for all and it was both delicious and much appreciated.

Should we buy a bottle of bubbly before the Cup was run? – an old superstition told us not to do so until we had our results .. but, I have to say, there was quite a bit of booze on our table anyway. The bar was doing a roaring trade – and the room was abuzz with bookies taking in lots of money and the TAB probably even more so as punters tried to work out systems – and their superstitions – and find a winner, perhaps a place or even pick a Trifecta!

Fashions on the Field was popular and even the Fashions in our own field was quite spectacular with Black and White being the overwhelming favourite – with hats as well! Our own men looked pretty dashing too – with just the occasional tie for good measure.

The Cup was run – and, oh tragedy – the favourite Admire Rakti died in its stall immediately after the race. As well another horse kicked a barrier during the race, broke its leg and was eventually euthanized almost immediately – a sad day in the end. I’m not sure if much money was won, but we all entered into the spirit of it all anyway.

Hilary’s two delightful little dogs – Cooper and Mopsy, along with Dave’s dog Skippy – were visitors to Tarraray Pet Retreat for the day and were very well looked after. They were all given a horse in the Pet Resort sweep !!! – and Skippy managed to ‘pick’ the winner and brought home $20 .. wonderful!

Systems were discussed and analysed and everyone thought they had it worked out – however, at the end of the day, we probably lost more money than we won but then the focus for the day was a good fun day – and we all agreed it definitely had been.

Hope you had a good day at the Races too….

Lots of love
From us all at
East Hills Caravan Club

PS Dave and I expect to move into Tea Gardens possibly in a couple of weeks time!! They are already working our house and the total refurbishment is well under way.

Posted by twodubfers 04:25 Archived in Australia Tagged melbourne harbour at club cup racing coffs luncheon

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