I hadn’t been to the races before, but there’s always a first time for everything and the girls assured me that I would have an excellent time! It was really nice getting all dressed up, the dress was a lot lower that what I have ever dared to wear, but I bought it so i had to wear it! (at least once anyway). It was also a nice change from corporate wear and something to brighten my mood.
Armed with our passes to the member’s area we made bets on 4 races and picked the winners of all 4. I only made small bets like $5-10 here and there but finished the day $40 richer (thanks Mitch!). We spent the rest of the day eating gelato; fighting off cheesy pick up lines and having some guy who we named “Mr Lucky” buy us free drinks for the day.
On the drive home we worked out the 3 most common pick up lines (for the races):
“Have you won anything?”
“Are you up?”
We came to the conclusion that if they were good looking it was cute and if they were ugly it was sleazy. Shallow...I know...but hey! We had such a good time that we're considering going to down to Melbourne for the races next year.
Member passes, My 2nd winning ticket, Miss leopard print Lisa
Di to answer your question of "What's the appeal?" - I think it's about dressing up, feeling good and getting into the spirit of things. Come along next time and you and Ken can enter the 'Cutest Couple comp!'.
Sarah - Wish you were here.
More photos here.
*edit* - Betty & Lisa's photos added