• June Willis and Eleanor Lacey

    June Willis and Eleanor Lacey

  • Maurice Reilly and fiance Melissa Moss

    Maurice Reilly and fiance Melissa Moss

  • Fascinators for the table decor

    Fascinators for the table decor

  • Cathy and Jo.......best dressed in the office.

    Cathy and Jo.......best dressed in the office.

  • Jacob Bittin fascinates in a Fascinator

    Jacob Bittin fascinates in a Fascinator

  • Penny Marshall, Lyn Sheedy and Brook McBride with behind Kaz Vincent and Roger Francis

    Penny Marshall, Lyn Sheedy and Brook McBride with behind Kaz Vincent and Roger Francis

  • Theresa Rayner

    Theresa Rayner

  • Dessert......

    Dessert......

  • Craig Betts and Trevor Burns

    Craig Betts and Trevor Burns

  • Hannah Porter and her dad Paul Porter

    Hannah Porter and her dad Paul Porter

  • Katrina Williams and Megan Philip

    Katrina Williams and Megan Philip

  • Jess Bartlerr and Caz Vincent

    Jess Bartlerr and Caz Vincent

  • Mettilyn and Trevor McPherson

    Mettilyn and Trevor McPherson

  • Keith Lewis and Kate Seaniger with Ellen Davis and Stuart Meehan

    Keith Lewis and Kate Seaniger with Ellen Davis and Stuart Meehan

  • Linda Seaniger, Kate Ferguson and Kate Res

    Linda Seaniger, Kate Ferguson and Kate Res

  • Leanne Biggers and Tony Huggins

    Leanne Biggers and Tony Huggins

  • Jess Finlay and Chris Stephens

    Jess Finlay and Chris Stephens

  • Mark and Chris Sproat

    Mark and Chris Sproat

  • Danele Allwood, Eileen Chappell and Saarah Mills

    Danele Allwood, Eileen Chappell and Saarah Mills

  • Assunta Corbo, Deb Harper and Gabby Shield

    Assunta Corbo, Deb Harper and Gabby Shield

  • Mirela de Novelus, Anne Kowalski and Melissa Petropoulos

    Mirela de Novelus, Anne Kowalski and Melissa Petropoulos

  • Paul and Kelly Walshe

    Paul and Kelly Walshe

  • Garry Sykes and Jenny Notaras

    Garry Sykes and Jenny Notaras

  • Best dressed coiple......Jacob Bitton and Jennifer Deas

    Best dressed coiple......Jacob Bitton and Jennifer Deas

  • Renee Le Grand and Tasha Burton

    Renee Le Grand and Tasha Burton

  • Best dressed lady Julia Burns with Lauren Scifleet

    Best dressed lady Julia Burns with Lauren Scifleet

  • Finalists in the best dressed lady gather on stage..

    Finalists in the best dressed lady gather on stage..

  • Best dressed gentleman, Tony Huggins with Cathy Bryson

    Best dressed gentleman, Tony Huggins with Cathy Bryson

  • Finalists in the best dressed gent prize.

    Finalists in the best dressed gent prize.

  • Fil Giles, Brad Hungerford, Kent Hungerford, Brian Loader and Ian Johnston

    Fil Giles, Brad Hungerford, Kent Hungerford, Brian Loader and Ian Johnston

  • Rosemary Harrison, Judy Long and Brenda Stuart

    Rosemary Harrison, Judy Long and Brenda Stuart

  • Peter and Gina Jeffreys

    Peter and Gina Jeffreys

  • Thanks for the memories.....hug and photo.

    Thanks for the memories.....hug and photo.

  • Cathy Bryson, Natalie Stanmore and Lauren Scifleet

    Cathy Bryson, Natalie Stanmore and Lauren Scifleet

  • Sally Barber and Cindy Stockbridge

    Sally Barber and Cindy Stockbridge

Melbourne Cup @ National Press Club

3 November 2015

As far as social events go the Melbourne Cup is of course unique to us. And we couldn’t give a toss what the rest of the world thinks about what we do around the country – and overseas – for this first Tuesday in November.

If you analyse the palaver we engage in for this day you’d go a bit bonkers wondering why we do it, but at the end of the day it’s all just a big giggle, where you’ve thrown money at a bookie, brought a fancy new outfit, teetered around on some ridiculous fashion forward stilettos and plonked a silly bit of tulle, ribbon and feathers mangled into a Fascinator on your head that is neither fascinating nor functional as a hat. And probably reckon you look gorgeous, while the blokes stay safe as always, but on this day they are the accessory of choice for the ‘support’ they provide.

Then it’s a beano of eating and drinking, lots of drinking actually, with champagne the tipple of choice on the day but probably a mixed drink of doubtful origin more likely as the day wears on. The day’s activities accompanied by much intense reading of the form guide, garnering of advice from colourful racing characters, then pretending to be an expert on everything to do with a bunch of horseflesh that even the owners don’t know what they’ll do on the day is de rigeur.

We remember past Melbourne Cups with mixed feelings and mangled memories, and hope this one will be the best. And it was a special one in many ways with the first female jockey Michelle Payne on her mighty steed Prince of Penzance the winner, her brother Stevie the strapper, just so gorgeous and the best story to come out of the cup for years.

So I’ve reviewed the pictures, caught up on the celebrity circus, read the stories, took lots of photos at the National Press Club for their annual buffet lunch that was great fun, and still reckon after all these years the most stylish cup celebrity of all was Jean Shrimpton at the Derby Day in 1965. No stockings, gloves or hat screamed the newspapers of the day as one photograph shows the long legged lovely with a background of matrons in their incomfortable suits with hats, bags and gloves and a preponderance of Edna Everage glasses, transfixed by the look they would soon aspire to wear.