Eltham Friendly Inn publican Toby Black (centre) with patrons Michael Skinner (left) and Rowan Trimble.
Eltham Friendly Inn publican Toby Black (centre) with patrons Michael Skinner (left) and Rowan Trimble. Jacklyn Wagner

Our Kids the other big Cup winner

FILLIES and a mayor made up the field at yesterday's Melbourne Cup fundraiser for the charity Our Kids.

Held at the Zest function room at Southern Cross University, the 165 starters showed good form in the lead-up to the big race.

Dressed in hats, fascinators and some of Lismore's finest fashions, attendees enjoyed lunch, music and a fashion parade.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, Our Kids founder Dr Chris Ingall and the member for Lismore Thomas George were some of the notable guests.

The lunch, which cost $65 a head, is one of the charity's major fundraising events.

Our Kids raises money for Lismore Base Hospital's Children's Ward, and for kids with special medical needs from throughout the Richmond Valley and beyond, enabling them to receive specialist medical care closer to home.

At the Eltham Hotel, publican Toby Black donned hot-pink silks and at more than 190cm, Mr Black reckoned he was the world's tallest jockey.

His wife Luci said Mr Black had once harboured a desire to be a jockey, but his hopes were dashed with each centimetre he grew.

"He weighs 100kg. I'd be worried about the horse," she said.

A fashion parade and lunch was held at the hotel as a fundraiser for Queensland flood victims.

At Flemington as many as 100,000 people, including Russian would-be royalty - actress Nicoletta Romanoff, grand-daughter of Russian prince Nicholas Romanov - were trackside.

Socceroo Harry Kewell was there too, along with Brynne Edelsten, who was bursting out of a bright pink, barely-there dress. She blamed a friend for chopping off part of it because it was long in the back.

The fly-in, fly-out celebrity drawcards were on show for the paparazzi in Flemington's famous Birdcage including American actor Adrian Grenier of Entourage fame.

 



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