Focus turns to race that stops nation

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The field heads down the straight during last year’s Melbourne Cup Day. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Camera IconThe field heads down the straight during last year’s Melbourne Cup Day. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images Credit: Getty Images

The Broome racing season may be over for 2018, but that won’t stop the town from embracing the race that stops the nation.

Melbourne Cup fever will hit Broome on November 6, with plenty of bars, eateries, designers and punters getting excited for another classy day of high fashion and fine dining.

The Deck Restaurant at Kimberley Sands Resort and Spa will again hold an elegant three-course lunch for guests in its Selene function room, with three televisions installed for the occasion.

Resort food and beverage manager Marion Gruchet said the Melbourne Cup luncheon at The Deck had been very popular since 2016.

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“I am confident that we will be fully booked again this year,” she said.

“Each guest will receive a random sweep ticket and we have wonderful prizes to be won on the day, including wet season membership, dinner vouchers, spa vouchers and hampers for the best dressed.”

Champagne will also be flowing at the Mangrove Hotel as it holds a four-course luncheon.

In Chinatown, Pearlers Bar & Bistro at The Roebuck Hotel will hold a high tea luncheon for guests before they watch the race on the big screens.

Following the action, guests will be treated to a live fashion show, showcasing evening and race-wear pieces from local clothing boutique On the Lane.

Along with the beautiful fashions at On the Lane, local fascinator designer Vicki Thompson shared her tips for the big day.

“This season’s colour palette screams of red, bright blue and hot pink, with floral crowns and patterned fabrics still turning heads,” she said.

“The newest trend for this spring racing season is to be brave and bold, pulling together some unexpected combinations such as the opulent metallic crowns, that still dazzle the crowds, with embellishments such as crystals and pearls.

“The next contender on the field is the ruffle, creating the flirty whimsical look, whether worn on the hemline, the cuff or for a purely feminine touch, off the shoulder.

“Another new addition to the fashion stage is the oversized hat, which took centrestage during the European summer. Be big, be bold and be beautiful.

“Finally, the safe bet of a black-and-white headpiece with a classic little black dress never dates.”

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