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It’s race week in Melbourne!

We went to Derby Day on Saturday with Barry and Sarah for an afternoon of picnicking and champagne, and maybe a few wayward bets… (I won $20 on Wall Street!)

The thing about the races is that you are at the mercy of the weather gods.  They must have heard my prayers for a few days of sunshine before we head back in to winter, because we ended up with an absolutely splendid day:  sunny, warm, light breeze.  It was Melbourne weather at its best, so we just sat back and soaked it in.  (‘Course all these pictures look overcast but it was sunny, I swear!  I’ve got the sunburn to prove it!!)

(the whites in white (and black…))

(What do yout think:  is this (A) a campaign ad for Heineken, (B) a print spread profile of a politician looking pensive or (C) a really tall Irishman??)

After a heckuva week at work, it was off to the races last Saturday.  Let’s just say over a 5-day span, my cumulative sleep was hovering in the low double digits.  Plus the forecast all week was calling for rain rain and more rain on race day.  So imagine my delight at an ENTIRE day off work (yes, it was  Saturday) to sit in the sun, sip champagne, and watch the horses whizz by.

From a fashion perspective, it was as  close to NYC Fashion Week as I can imagine.  And the view of the city from behind the race track was phenomenal.

For a few minutes, I did get caught up a bit in the whole betting thing ($1 bets only)… and then disillusioned as my horse selection strategy (awesomeness of horse name) did not yield any winnings.

All up I made $5 (my share for placing a winning bet for Mel because she was in the beer line).

Notice how hard the horses are trying to get away from that hurling hunk of metal!