Marie Keenan and Mary Christopher were at Char’d for the Cup.
Marie Keenan and Mary Christopher were at Char’d for the Cup.

Ipswich switched on the glitz and glamour for the big race

IT'S the race that stops the nation and yesterday thousands of people around Ipswich held their breath during the final moments of the Melbourne Cup.

Venues all over the city hosted functions which saw spectators dress for the occasion and get into the racing spirit.

The celebrations were particularly important for those at the Prince Alfred Hotel, who used the day to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

"It's all in aid of the foundation because one of our staff members here has a son fighting leukaemia right now. It's something that has affected a lot of our family and friends as well," PA manager Peter Coultas said.

"Everyone loves the Melbourne Cup and it's something we celebrate every year.

"We had prizes for best dressed, best fascinator and our guests got to race their own wooden horses. That's a tradition we've had for a long time. We've got a four-year champion defending their title."

PA punters who won the hotel's sweep were thrilled when Prince Of Penzance was called the winner of the Cup.

Form punters weren't so happy, he started at 101/1. 



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