2009 Melbourne Cup Report by Tony Scimonello

02 Dec 2009 11:35 PM | Deleted user


2009 Melbourne Cup Report


                                                                                                             By Tony Scimonello





The Melbourne Cup is a 149 year old Australian Icon, it is the race that brings every corner of the nation to a stop.


This year The Australia Society Tokyo’s 8th annual Melbourne Cup Event was held at The Grand Hyatt Hotel Tokyo attended by 165 guests, organisers Jodie Riley and Tony Scimonello had the day kick off at 11.00 am.


The Ball room of the Grand Hyatt hotel was like being back home at the races, ladies dolled up to the nines wearing stylish hats and outfits, men in suits with yellow rose button holes the traditional flower for the Melbourne cup and this year being a public holiday we saw more men attending at the event which is normally held on a working day.



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Chef Budde and his culinary team at the Grand Hyatt had guests dining on Confit of Hokkaido salmon, Pearl barley risotto of seasonal mushrooms and the main course of slow cooked lamb shank on creamy mash potato and lentils.  Dessert was a decadent macadamia nut tart and ice cream, topped of with mini lamingtons and coffee.

Beverages where free flowing with Domain Chandon sparkling wine, Cape Mentelle   Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Green point shiraz, 


The race was telecast via the internet, courtesy of Jim Edstein from DSTVASIA  www.dstvasia.com.


This year’s Fashion Show by up and coming Australian designer Leanne Yew www.tokyokaleidoscope.com was sponsored by Tokyo Physio.


729942740_6NPpQ-Ti.jpgAndrew Dunlop the MC had people bidding for the Calcutta, followed by “Our Bookie” Rick Bower that had punters keen to place a bet on the race.   Fashion on the Fields best dressed lady was Laura Greenshields, Best dressed male was Stephen Greenal.




Kerry Raftis of Kesyshots photography captured the day’s events busily snapping away.  Please check out the photos at: http://keyshots.smugmug.com/Events/2009-Events/Melbourne-Cup-Grand-Hyatt



The Australia Society Tokyo would not be able to bring you this fabulous event or other events which raise money for charity if it were not for the support of our sponsors.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following:




Qantas                               Allied Pickfords                    ANZ

Grand Hyatt Tokyo            ANA Intercontinental            American Airlines

The Peninsula                   Sin Den                                  Banner Japan

Phoenix Hotel                    Oakwood                               Boudoir

Tokyo Physio                     Gold Salon                            Beaute Absolue

National Azabu                                            



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