Town awaits race that stops a nation

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Jakeb WaddellBroome Advertiser

For years its been called the race that stops the nation — and it’s certainly no exception in a town famous for embracing a renowned racing season of its own.

Melbourne Cup fever will again cast its spell over Broome on November 7, with bars, eateries, designers and punters expecting a classy day of top fashion, fine food and photo finishes.

It’s all about the sparkling wine at the Mangrove Hotel, Kimberley Sands and Cable Beach Club, which will put on an exquisite lunch for guests, while the Roebuck Bay Hotel is set to throw a high tea luncheon and fashion parade after the action unfolds on the big screen.

Divers Tavern has the perfect race day festivities in store for those who prefer it a little low key, with a glass of sparkling, a mystery bet and door prize ticket for those who book a pub lunch.

It is one of the biggest days on the calendar for keen punters around town, who will be keeping a close eye on the field of horses before crossing their fingers and making their predictions.

Broome Turf Club vice-president and former Roebuck Bay Hotel general manager Mike “Swindle” Windle said the Melbourne Cup had always made for a busy day out in Broome.

“It may not be a public holiday here, but you’d sure think it was,” he said.

“You wouldn’t even think it was the off-season in Broome when the big day comes around.

“I encourage everyone to join in the fun and have a dash. You never know, there could be the next Makybe Diva in the field.”

But for prominent boutique On the Lane and home business Headlines, the big race is all about fashion.

Widely regarded as the go-to place for a race-day kit, On the Lane has new outfits and accessories in store to look like a winner on the day.

Vicki Thompson spends her spare time running her own business from home, designing fascinators for the Broome racing season, but said the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup was one of her busiest times of the year.

“I’ve been flat out with requests for the race that stops the nation,” she said.

“This year I’ve designed fascinators for ladies attending the cup itself, which is very exciting. I’ve had orders from over east as well.”

Headlines owner Vicki Thompson wearing one of her newest fascinators while trying on an outfit at the On the Lane clothing boutique.
Camera IconHeadlines owner Vicki Thompson wearing one of her newest fascinators while trying on an outfit at the On the Lane clothing boutique. Credit: Jakeb Waddell

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