"I promised (my four kids) a swimming pool".
In the hours after all eyes are focused on the Melbourne Cup, there comes the inevitable gaggle of punters whose eyes struggle to focus on anything at all.
Parties galore are also in store across Perth, some of the biggest being held at Market Grounds, Henry Summer, The Stables, The Bach Club and, of course, Crown Perth, which previous year hosted 24,000 WA racing fans on Cup day and expects even more today.
Lat year Regal Monarch was put down after he fell during the final stretch of the race.
It was that day he was noticed by the Godolphin hierarchy and he spent many years travelling the globe riding as the No.2 behind Frankie Dettori.
"Our thoughts are with animal lovers across the country who have been affected by this loss, and confronted by the very real risks posed by racing to the horses involved", RSPCA Australia spokeswoman Jane Speechley said.
So too was Michael Walker on third placegetter A Prince of Arran, meaning all of the top three finishers breached the rules, along with three other riders in the race.
"It feels very warm inside knowing I've done it with the help of all the guys that have helped me along the way".
Jockey Ryan Moore checks on The Cliffsofmoher after it broke down in the first lap of the Melbourne Cup.
"He (Yucatan) emptied a bit at the 500m and then I was left to make my own way home, I was in the clear but was a still a fair way back I knew I had a bit to do and he had to make up a ton of ground".