Nambucca Heads was host to a number of Melbourne Cup events

From the Nambucca Valley Bridge Club to the RSL, Nambucca Heads was full of fascinators, stylish hats and plenty of chic, joining in the spirit of that race that stops our nation.

Down at the clubhouse, next to the E.J. Biffin Fields, players came up trumps as they downed their cards for the Guardian News to do a round of  the tables.

Up at the RSL the reception room was packed full of groups of friends and the odd tourist, keen to be part of the Melbourne Cup Day fun.

Loaded buffet tables were part of both scenes with plenty of bubbles flowing at the RSL.

De rigeur were the smiles that went with the day, winners or not, everyone was out to enjoy.

In the end the favourite was not to be seen with Cross Counter coming in first and paying a tidy $12.20 the win and $5.40 the place. Not far behind was Marmelo ($3.70) with A Prince of Arran ($7.20) third.