Man I love Derby Day. What a fun day to go to the races - quality on the track, quality off the track. It's a shame that Melbourne hasn't bothered building up a race day this good in the Autumn, cos once a year isn't enough.
Last year was my first Derby, and I had the most amazing day despite it raining in the morning and copping a hiding on the punt.
You can probably imagine how much I enjoyed today when the whether was beautiful, the women were stunning, I found a bar + a toilet where the lines were short, and I had a really good day (like, a really good day) on the punt! I generally only go to 4 or 5 race days a year, and I think today is the first time I've ever had a bookie look at me with fear in his eyes as I went to collect. It's not that I bet particularly big amounts - it's just that I somehow managed to find 4 winners today, all with the same bookie. (+ a 5th winner in the last when I was on the train home.)
I'd go back again on Tuesday for the Cup, but I'm sunburnt, and I'm that horrible, not at all fun kind of drunk where you've drunk a lot, over a long period of time, in the sun all day while getting sunburnt - and will pay for all of this tomorrow
There's some bloody good horses in that race - in fact an early look at the fields suggests this is a much better race day than Cup day typically is - but 14 bucks is crazy if he runs. (16 bucks is crazier if you're only having an early nibble and can use the odds boost feature.)