LISA Clarke let out cries of joy as her chosen horse was first past the post at the Melbourne Cup.
Celebrating at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough, Ms Clarke said she was guided by instinct.
"I was looking online at the horses and as soon as I saw number five Protectionist I said yes that's my horse, going on my gut instinct," she said.
Maryborough mum-of-three Nicole Hoberg got a massive surprise when her Melbourne Cup mystery trifecta proved a success.
"I studied the guide but from previous years I know that never helped with the Melbourne cup," she said.
Ms Hoberg estimated her winnings would be about $1000.
In Hervey Bay, it was the second consecutive win for bookie's daughter Vanessa Cain who watched the races at the Beach House Hotel in Scarness.
After winning first place last year, Ms Cain's horses came in first and third this year.
"I read the form guide and pick horses based on their previous races," she said.
German horse Protectionist won the race that stopped the nation, with Red Cadeaux finishing second and Who Shot Thebarman third.
Photos from Maryborough below