The Pink Ribbon Cup has now cemented itself in Melbourne as one of the flagship events on the racing and social calendar during the Autumn season. This event, the 7-Eleven Pink Ribbon Cup Day 2014 celebrated 10 years of this day in support of breast cancer awareness and research - funding the work of Melbourne scientist Dr Delphine Merino, who explains below what she hopes her research will achieve for people with breast cancer.
Josiah and I were invited by YC & Scott to The Promenade Room of Caulfield Racecourse with a full lunch and we watched horse-racing from noon till evening. It was my first time ever to a horse-racing racing event in Melbourne and I’ve always been quite excited about the idea because it involves dressing up, which is the fun part of it.
I struggled to find anything pink in my outfit and realised that I’m not quite “girly-girl” when it comes to fashion. I seemed to have a lot of black dresses. I decided to wear my new Herve Leger dress. There was one bright pink ballet tutu that I had bought from Bloch recently hoping to give it to the next female baby I come across. One of those impulse buying decisions I made while shopping at the recent Melbourne Bloch once-in-a-decade warehouse sale. I decided to put a cute baby tutu in my hair! I bunched the waistband of the tutu together using a hairtie and put a black hairband through the hairtie and secured it into my hair with pins.
Josiah on the other hand wore a little bow tie from the same hairband I had on me. The diamante pink breast cancer awareness pin was from an Estee Lauder event I attended in Kuala Lumpur years ago. His suit was from Bespoked, from our wedding five years ago – wow has it been that long?
We had no idea about horseracing at all but was very fortunate to have Scott explain to us. Josiah was attentive about the entire process because he likened the horses to himself during his keirin-racing stint in Japan.
The lovely couple Scott & YC.
At the Promenade restaurant, we had a friendly waiter attending to us the entire evening throughout the three-course meal.
Above: Cured ocean trout with confit orange pickled fennel & watercress
Above: Braised beef cheek with sauteed mushrooms, bacon & parsnip mash
Above: Pink Moscato to suit the pink event.
Above: My view from the restaurant on level 2.
I liked the fact that I attended the race when it’s not too busy to get an understanding on how it all works; like during Melbourne Cup 2013/2014 where apparently usually gets “smashed” (drunk) and you’ll have ladies in pretty dresses falling all over and going barefeet after standing in their high heels all afternoon during summer.
I bet four times in small amounts during the race and won twice with “Pressing” and “Natuzzi” winning. I guess I had the beginner’s luck! I had no real basis for betting except that I judged based on the mood of the horse (how they wagged their tail) – not like I was a real expert on that anyway, the horses’ muscles, the jockey and how flexible they seemed to move during their practice run and from the analysis in the little guide book based on how often the horses race. For the most of it, I counted on my intuition and was right twice. Yay! Both wins made the afternoon so much more fun!
Top to toe.
Him: Hat by Diesel, shirt by (unknown), tie from Kim’s hair band, suit by Bespoked, shoes by Cole Haan.
Her: Hair with donut bun, fascinator is a tutu from Bloch, lashes by Shu Uemura, dress by Herve Leger, vintage purse from dad Mr. Ong’s former manbag, vintage gold bangle by Emma Page, heels by Lewre.
I was two tables away from this lady (above) but I found her extremely regal-looking and wanted to take a photo of her. I hope to look this classy when I’m older. She held her poise so well, absolutely stunning!
It was a great experience, loved it!