Almost as good as being there
Picking the winning horse of the most anticipated event on the Australasian horse racing calendar proved to be "pure luck" for Onamalutu Valley man Hans Bloemberg.
Mr Bloemberg was one of the 800 people at the Clubs of Marlborough soaking up the televised atmosphere of the Melbourne Cup yesterday afternoon.
His $10 bet on winner Green Moon, ridden by Brett Prebble, to top the field of 24 horses was a lucky punt, he said.
"It was pure luck, the only thing I know for sure is that a horse has four legs and can run really fast."
Green Moon was paying $22.50 for a win.
Conah Delaney was not so lucky with her bet, but was delighted to pick up a bottle of wine in the best hat competition. Her lemon coloured chiffon fascinator was made by her friend Diane Andrews.
Clubs of Marlborough entertainment and functions manager Kelly Stove said the atmosphere was different this year because the race was held 20 minutes earlier than usual.
Although they had been busy with punters from about 1pm, a lot of people placed their bets at lunch time and nipped in just before 5pm to see the race, she said.
The Marlborough Express