Royal Ascot Day 5 is probably the least fashion and hat day with everyone putting effort into ladies day on the Thursday, my dear friends Carol Denford and Nigel from the Hat Magazing don't even think of making the trip. For me, while in United Kingdom it is another day to frock up and feel fabulous.
By day 5 the media has definitely dwindled and the seats and restaurants are allot cheaper. Still it is a day that I enjoy and the last of Royal Ascot Carnival. I had made a nice Kitty up from the past 4 days so I could go hard on the Aussie Favourite 'Brazen Beau'. The UK racing channels did make me feel very welcome with guest appearances and little Aussie Tips about the Australian Horses. I doubt there will ever be another Black Caviar Moment that we triumphed with a few years ago, but we love giving it a try.
There is a feeling of frivolity and more fun on the last day with the wind down, and I do feel like I was mad going all 5 days, but it is an amazing experience. On day 4 I was mindful that I wanted to make the best of the last day and I am glad I did.
I loved taking images of ladies looking fabulous and the hats were simply gorgeous with of course the Brim being a strong favourite every day. I think it is my favourite thing, just people watching through a lens. There is always something special about every lady that I photograph and of course we all know the time that we enjoy to get ready to attend the races. Once your hat is on, you are ready to go.
The strength of Australian spirit is forever at the track with Damien Oliver coming on screen to talk about the rides and everyone’s favourite, Gai Waterhouse who shares conversations with HRH about the sport of Kings or should I say Queens.
Seated at the table in Carriages restaurant, I knew it was my last blast before heading home to Australia. Of course I decided to crack a bottle of Bolinger Rose to enjoy the last day of festivities and started drinking 'Scotch' with the table for medicinal reasons only.
We all decided to do mystery bets which is always a bit of fun. I went very hard on Brazen Beau, and really I just got my money back with the each way bet. I did get excited and started betting on everything, but in the end I came out ahead.
The couple next to me had been telling me of hard times and paying for a funeral recently. They were having a great day to take their minds off what had been a difficult time and I think the angels were smiling on them as 'Andy's' Mystery Bet came out with 1,200 pound winning ticket.
Go Andy, I was so happy for him and it was well deserved. I believe it is not always about winning yourself as I am blessed in my life and need no more, but when people are struggling to make ends meet, it makes you happy to know that sometimes you can be a part of someone’s happy winning day.
Something that did add to the fun was the rain. Usually I cannot stand being wet and a drown rat, but on this occasion I soaked it up literally. They handed out clear plastic bags and I immediately thought of the fabulous Isabella Blow who wore plastic bags so wonderfully.
This was a chance to experience something with zest and fun, let us make fashion out of plastic bags, yes I did look mad embracing the moment that most were frowning and upset about but really, lets make it fun. I wore this plastic bag, and made sure my hat was covered with only my face out. I put my belt around the plastic and frolicked in the rain and enjoyed. Better than being sour about the weather seeing there were 4 days of perfect sunshine.
I am forever grateful to my husband for his patience with my love for hats, fashion and racing and following the races all over the world. I am excited for next years Royal Ascot and Hard Luck Motty vows he will return for 2016.