Melbourne Cup in Joondalup, Mindarie and Ashby

Guests enjoyed lunch for the Melbourne Cup at The Pavilion in Mindarie. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488404
Guests enjoyed lunch for the Melbourne Cup at The Pavilion in Mindarie. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488404

MELBOURNE Cup fever swept across the city today with many celebrating at events across Perth.

Hosting its first Melbourne Cup event after opening earlier this year, Varsity Joondalup opted for a “simple but elegant affair with specials on bubbly and a sweepstakes”.

Guests we encouraged to “dress to the nines and enjoy the race with great food, drinks and our big screens”.

Tony and Pauline Washington-Barker. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488403
Hayleigh Salt (Carramar) and Courtney Johnson (Clarkson). Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488403
Tracy Robertson, David Morrissey and Donna Smith. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488403
Warren Powell and Samantha Sharp. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488403

It was a more formal function at The Pavilion at Mindarie Marina, with a three-course sit-down luncheon, canaps on arrival, flowing bubbles and premium wines and beers.

Television personality Karl Langdon hosted the event with sweepstakes, fashion of the fields and prizes.

The event then flowed into a Post-Cup Party at Cabana Pool Bar and BBQ with live DJ and cocktails.

Amy Shortland, Anna Meredith, Ella Buttworth and Ashlee Graham. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488404
Niamh Campbell and Lesley Jennings. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488404
Wendy Durrant, Emily Durrant (20th birthday) and Keisha Omar. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488404
Rob Turley, Duane Brighton, Donna Brighton and Rachael Turley. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488404
Carolynne Cannon, Karita Dworeck and Barbara Schell. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488404

The Ashby Bar and Bistro offered different options for guests.

There was the choice of a seated gourmet buffet and carvery with all the trimmings in the bistro or a canaps and cocktail Garden Bar Party.

Both options include complimentary sparkling on arrival and live entertainment throughout the day, with Arthur King and Matt Burke into the evening.

There were also sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed and best hat.

Linda Donald and Julie Sykes. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488405
Helen Jackson and Vivienne Koulouvi. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488405
Lela Baker, Nicolette Fox, Pammy Thorne, Janine Edwards and Nae Gluck. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488405
Zoe Padfield and Kiera Davies. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488405
Frank and Suzy Smith. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d488405