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3
Oct

Setting the Melbourne Cup Table


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Posted 3 October 2013 by ness


When choosing which horse to back for the Melbourne Cup, I believe there are four basic categories a punter will fall into:

1. the Logical – those who make their choice on available statistics such as the odds of winning, the form of each horse, weather and track conditions, and so on,

2. the Emotional – those who would place a bet on the horse they love the most, the one with the shiniest coat, or the big brown eyes or the best name,

3. the Superstitious – those who have no idea what their horse looks like or whether it has any chance of winning, but sports their lucky number,

4. and the Creative – those who make their choice solely on the colour of the jockey’s jacket.


I’m not much of a gambler. Given that my choice of horse is usually an emotional one, my chances of winning are well, randomly variable at best. I make a small investment to be part of the excitement, but mostly I consider it a donation to the hospitality of the host.

And for the host, here is my Melbourne Cup table setting idea for 2013:

  • Use black covers, and brightly coloured runners and placemats. Use either the same colour or a different colour for each table.
  • Layout white dinnerware, silver cutlery, clear glasses and white lace napkins.
  • Create centerpieces of roses in a vase (like the roses at Flemington), on white lace, and matching the colours of your table.
  • Place silver wine buckets and a couple of tiny toy horses also in the centre of the table.

'Roses in a Vase' by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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