Girls enjoy flutter on Cup day

AS she placed her bet on Shocking yesterday, Delwyn Dillon hoped it would one day be her son she’d be watching in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

Delwyn’s 20-year-old son Luke has just finished his jockey apprenticeship and yesterday rode a place in Gladstone.

With three girlfriends, Delwyn enjoyed a day at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton yesterday, watching the Melbourne Cup on the big screens with hundreds of other once-a-year punters.

“My money’s on Shocking,” Delwyn said at 1.30pm, and friend Peggy Leigh agreed.

Across the betting ring yesterday were twin sisters Jenni and Laura Lipitsainen, who were enjoying their first-ever venture onto a race park.

The backpackers from Finland are living at Duaringa and took some time off working at the local bar to come to Rockhampton for the Melbourne Cup.

“We’re having a fantastic time,” Jenni said.

Natalie Perel, from Bolsover Beauty, took the day off yesterday and lost $20 on Cup favourite Viewed.



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