AND THEY’RE OFF
Just an hour outside of Melbourne in the rolling rich hilly soils lies the Yarra Valley. An area known for indulgent food and wine and surrounded by picturesque views any painter would be delighted to frame. It’s here that you’ll find one of the most beautiful race tracks encompassed by mountain ranges and vineyards. Nestled in the town of Yarra Glen this is the best Country Racing Victoria has to offer! There was no need to be packed like sardines at Flemington as the Yarra Valley put on a fine show for Melbourne Cup day.
We explored the grounds, took on the panoramic views and indulged in the Eastland marquee where local produce and wine flowed freely while listening to sweet beats trackside. And if you think the best thing around the track was to have your horse win then you can be mistaken because fashions on the field were rampant. Several categories were on offer: Best Dressed Gent and Lady, Couples and Millinery. Thousands of dollars were up for grabs along with that prestigious sash.
The men had fun with it flaunting and flirting with the crowd, the women gliding and grinning while on stage. The stand out for the day the men’s first place winner in an immaculate 3 piece suit and swanky shades. Both the ladies and the gents showed off their fineries, millinery and accessories with impeccable taste. The couples winners sealing their trackside win with a kiss there was nothing left to do but walk into the fading sun with a grin and a sigh of satisfaction.