Multiple Cup wins for Miriam
THINGS couldn't get much better for Hervey Bay pensioner Miriam Davis.
“I've had the best day of my life,” she piped after sweeping the Melbourne Cup boards at the Hervey Bay RSL.
Ms Davis invested a significant sum into French rider Americain on the advice of good friend Bruce Roberts.
“My friend had been telling me about him for the last fortnight and I told everyone I knew to get on him,” she said.
“We won a few hundred dollars.”
Not content with a winning flutter Miriam also took out the Fashion of the Fields competition at the RSL and two other novelty horse selections.
“I just bought myself a dress, a fascinator and a pair of shoes,” she summed up her concerted effort to win the fashion prize.
“I have a bad pair of legs.”
Miriam might have got a run for her money in the fashion stakes at the Bayswater where the latest trends and sharpest threads were paraded in style.
At the Hervey Bay Boat Club, the fleet of foot were on the floor dancing hours before Americain and company went to post in the big race.
Melbourne Cup fever was no less frenetic in Maryborough where four-year-old tot Maddison McCracken knew exactly which horse she was backing.
“The star one...it's got green,” she said.
Master O'Reilly didn't come home with a prize but that didn't stop Maddison and her mum Amanda McCracken enjoying the pre-Cup buzz at Westside Tavern.
The venue was packed with diners dressed to the nines, as were many of Maryborough's hotels and clubs.
Maryborough Sports Club provided jockey caps for all its diners, while the RSL had prizes for best dressed.
The Brolga Theatre was a picture of elegance as more than 100 diners in their best racetrack attire sat down for a meal to the sounds of a jazz band.