Melbourne Cup 2008 – Raffles Le Royale Hotel

Melbourne Cup has come and gone for yet another year in Cambodia and the venue was, again, the sumptuous and famous Raffles le Royale Hotel. The day was intermittently drizzly and then steaming hot (my favourite combination – especially when dolled up in full race regalia) and the punters turned up in droves. As newly appointed Treasurer of the Australian Business Association of Cambodia ( ABAC ), I was expecting 50 heads but we ended up with 70.

Leakhana looking stunning and enjoying her first race day.

The sweeps were extremely popular and with a nice assortment or raffles and fashion prizes, the morning was a busy and colorful affair. With staff donning the now famous ABAC silks and the champagne flowing, and with myself MCing, the Elephant Bar took on all the traits of the Members stand at Rosehill.Leakhana came along to her very first Cup and looked absolutely stunning. Considering she had little idea as to what it was all about, my wife absolutely nailed her ensemble with tight black pants, a silk top and perfect hair and makeup. God damned she is stunning and I was very proud to have her on my arm.

Fashion Fillies

Best Hat ( in red )

The horses bolted, the cheers went up, something-or-rather won and the Australian Ambassador was soon judging the Best Fashion on the Field and Best Hat. Once the sweeps winnings were disbursed, we al headed out to the garden for a fantastic bbq and a bottle or two of red wine and then it was over to Angela and Paul’s house for an afternoon swim before retiring home.

Even the Paddle Pop Lion was there !

The day was a great success for ABAC and I believe next year will be even better.

Full report on Melbourne Cup 2007 is here.

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