Today in Australia was the race that stops a nation doing any work during the afternoon. I'm talking about the Melbourne Cup horse race, in which we Aussies this year were anticipated to spend $140 million in bets. And 20 of those dollars were mine!
Last night I sat down with my ipad and a google search of "Melbourne Cup Jockey Silks" and I chose my four favourite designs and colours to turn into some nail art.
- Thumb - Fiorente- Black with a purple sash
- Index - Red Cadeaux - Blue and Red diamonds
- Middle- Mount Athos - Grey with a large beige star and smaller stars on the sleeves.
- Ring - Hawskspur - White with black stars, purple sleeves with white stars
- Pinky - Dunaden - Bright yellow with blue stars
The designs were a combo of stamping, free hand and tape. The index finger with the red and blue is a little messy on the edges as I didn't have a plain diamond check stamping plate and had to use an argyle style stamp - and then carefully remove the fine lines between each diamond. The rest of the designs were mostly stars that I stamped on.
When I got to work today I showed my nails to my team and explained how I had picked the horses purely based on what the jockey was wearing. One of the team was heading to the TAB, so I gave him $20 and asked him to place a boxed trifecta bet on all five horses I had painted on my nails. There were certainly a few in the group that thought I was a little crazy placing my bet based on my nail art, but I figured it was no worse than a mystery bet, and I was happy to lose my $20 (like I had in previous years)
See, boxed trifecta.
And now the unbelieveable part of the story. I won! My $20 bet only got me a 33% share of the Trifecta prize, but I still walked away with more than $1100. Here is my handful of pineapples.
Whoo hoo. Did any other Aussie pick a winner today?