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Revellers dodge the drizzle for a fun day out at the Melbourne Cup 

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Revellers dodge the drizzle for a fun day out at the Melbourne Cup 

Heavy morning rain did not prevent about 100,000 punters packing into Flemington racecourse on Tuesday for the running of the Melbourne Cup.

As the rains eased, revellers filled the lawns to make the most of what is Australia’s biggest social occasion.

While the most fancied runners in the Cup failed to produce, the crowd on hand did not let that spoil their fun.

While early weather reports threatened to ruin the race, many punters refused to let a little rain spoil their fun

While early weather reports threatened to ruin the race, many punters refused to let a little rain spoil their fun

While early weather reports threatened to ruin the race, many punters refused to let a little rain spoil their fun

 Two men attempt to help a woman stand up. One man tactfully places his wine bottle into his mouth

 Two men attempt to help a woman stand up. One man tactfully places his wine bottle into his mouth

 Two men attempt to help a woman stand up. One man tactfully places his wine bottle into his mouth

This man delighted fellow racegoers by tipping his drink into his shoe during the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

This man delighted fellow racegoers by tipping his drink into his shoe during the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

This man delighted fellow racegoers by tipping his drink into his shoe during the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

A man in pink got into a fight with another man on the day of the event. He appeared to attempt to elbow the man in the face but height got the better of him

A man in pink got into a fight with another man on the day of the event. He appeared to attempt to elbow the man in the face but height got the better of him

A man in pink got into a fight with another man on the day of the event. He appeared to attempt to elbow the man in the face but height got the better of him

The fight between the man in pink and a man in black was outside Flemington Racecourse after Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

The fight between the man in pink and a man in black was outside Flemington Racecourse after Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

The fight between the man in pink and a man in black was outside Flemington Racecourse after Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

Things got a little heated outside the venue with a fight breaking out between a barefoot man in pink and other atendees

Things got a little heated outside the venue with a fight breaking out between a barefoot man in pink and other atendees

Things got a little heated outside the venue with a fight breaking out between a barefoot man in pink and other atendees

Women wearing horse heads pose with a man lying on the steps at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

Women wearing horse heads pose with a man lying on the steps at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

Women wearing horse heads pose with a man lying on the steps at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

One man had had enough of the fun and decided it was time to have a nap as the crowds dispersed

One man had had enough of the fun and decided it was time to have a nap as the crowds dispersed

One man had had enough of the fun and decided it was time to have a nap as the crowds dispersed

Women still dressed in dazzling outfits and fancy headgear, while men donned flash suits

Women still dressed in dazzling outfits and fancy headgear, while men donned flash suits

Women still dressed in dazzling outfits and fancy headgear, while men donned flash suits

The fashion-forward attendees had to compromise their garments for umbrella and clear rain ponchos to save them from the showers

The fashion-forward attendees had to compromise their garments for umbrella and clear rain ponchos to save them from the showers

The fashion-forward attendees had to compromise their garments for umbrella and clear rain ponchos to save them from the showers

Despite unfavourable conditions, racegoers still dressed for the occasion rather than the conditions, with women showcasing dazzling outfits and fancy headgear, while men donned flash suits.

Early races on the card had to be delayed as the rain was falling too fast to be absorbed by the turf, leaving dangerous pools of water on the surface.

Jockeys complained that the conditions in the early races were the ‘craziest’ they’d ever rode in.

Punters were soaked as the rain bucketed down. 

The fashion-forward attendees had to compromise their well-planned outfits for umbrellas and clear rain ponchos to save them from the showers.

Melbourne Cup is Australia's biggest social occasion but it wasn't just punters in Melbourne who celebrated. These women attended festivities in Sydney 

Melbourne Cup is Australia's biggest social occasion but it wasn't just punters in Melbourne who celebrated. These women attended festivities in Sydney 

Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest social occasion but it wasn’t just punters in Melbourne who celebrated. These women attended festivities in Sydney 

A woman was carried up the stairs after a long day of standing at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

A woman was carried up the stairs after a long day of standing at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

A woman was carried up the stairs after a long day of standing at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

A full day of fun was a bit too much for some, who felt they needed to rest their feet. They  plopped to the ground for a glass of champagne

A full day of fun was a bit too much for some, who felt they needed to rest their feet. They  plopped to the ground for a glass of champagne

A full day of fun was a bit too much for some, who felt they needed to rest their feet. They  plopped to the ground for a glass of champagne

A woman in red celebrated the Melbourne Cup with a solo dance among the discarded cups

A woman in red celebrated the Melbourne Cup with a solo dance among the discarded cups

A woman in red celebrated the Melbourne Cup with a solo dance among the discarded cups

Many women struggled with their shoes in the wet and soggy conditions. Many racegoers chose to ditch the heels by the end of the day

Many women struggled with their shoes in the wet and soggy conditions. Many racegoers chose to ditch the heels by the end of the day

Many women struggled with their shoes in the wet and soggy conditions. Many racegoers chose to ditch the heels by the end of the day

By the end end of the day some people were in need of a good nap - with some opting for a quick snooze at the event

By the end end of the day some people were in need of a good nap - with some opting for a quick snooze at the event

By the end end of the day some people were in need of a good nap – with some opting for a quick snooze at the event

A woman gets a helping hand as she takes a moment to squat on the wet concrete after the race

A woman gets a helping hand as she takes a moment to squat on the wet concrete after the race

A woman gets a helping hand as she takes a moment to squat on the wet concrete after the race

The dramatic ending, with outsider Cross Counter taking victory didn’t dampen spirits. Many people celebrated after the race with boogie

The dramatic ending, with outsider Cross Counter taking victory didn’t dampen spirits. Many people celebrated after the race with boogie

The dramatic ending, with outsider Cross Counter taking victory didn’t dampen spirits. Many people celebrated after the race with boogie

The wet weather forced some revellers to improvise, saving their fancy frocks from the rain with a piece of plastic

The wet weather forced some revellers to improvise, saving their fancy frocks from the rain with a piece of plastic

The wet weather forced some revellers to improvise, saving their fancy frocks from the rain with a piece of plastic

Racegoers appeared to be in extremely high spirits in the lead up to the race, and the boisterous crowd cheered and danced throughout the day, with champagne flowing freely.

For many, the outcome of the race was almost an afterthought, but for the record, it was won by English galloper Cross Counter, who became the first English horse to win the Melbourne Cup and the first for the rich Godolphin stable which had been trying to win the event for over two decades.

The revelry was temporarily dampened by the death of another horse, The Cliffsofmoher, which was put down after shattering his right shoulder while passing the winning post on the opening lap. 

Shoes proved to be too much for some by the end of the race. The pile of discarded items included bottles, heels and umbrellas

Shoes proved to be too much for some by the end of the race. The pile of discarded items included bottles, heels and umbrellas

Shoes proved to be too much for some by the end of the race. The pile of discarded items included bottles, heels and umbrellas

Gumboots were the fashion items of choice for these women who chose practical over pretty footwear

Gumboots were the fashion items of choice for these women who chose practical over pretty footwear

Gumboots were the fashion items of choice for these women who chose practical over pretty footwear

A man in a bright blue suit leans against a pink wall as he finishes off his drink at the event

A man in a bright blue suit leans against a pink wall as he finishes off his drink at the event

A man in a bright blue suit leans against a pink wall as he finishes off his drink at the event

As racegoers begin to make their way home after Melbourne Cup Day, some had to take a moment to rest after standing all afternoon during the races

As racegoers begin to make their way home after Melbourne Cup Day, some had to take a moment to rest after standing all afternoon during the races

As racegoers begin to make their way home after Melbourne Cup Day, some had to take a moment to rest after standing all afternoon during the races

One brave woman walked barefoot through the mud as her friends heels sank in the soaked grounds

One brave woman walked barefoot through the mud as her friends heels sank in the soaked grounds

One brave woman walked barefoot through the mud as her friends heels sank in the soaked grounds

As the day wore on some female racegoers found their heels a bit too much and discarded their shoes in a pile with empty bottles on the grass.

Some even broke the rules by throwing on gumboots to wear with their fancy frocks.

One brave woman walked barefoot through the mud as her friends’ heels sank in the soaked grounds.

By the end end of the day some people were in need of a good nap – with some opting for a quick snooze at the event. 

One man was escorted from the Lexus Marquee by police.

Two blokes found themselves in a prickly situation after falling into a rosebush after the race 

Two blokes found themselves in a prickly situation after falling into a rosebush after the race 

Two blokes found themselves in a prickly situation after falling into a rosebush after the race 

After a day of festivities, this guy looked ready for a break. His female friend is on her phone as a woman in black stands over the pair

After a day of festivities, this guy looked ready for a break. His female friend is on her phone as a woman in black stands over the pair

After a day of festivities, this guy looked ready for a break. His female friend is on her phone as a woman in black stands over the pair

A couple cosy up after the race following a day filled with champagne and festivities in Melbourne

A couple cosy up after the race following a day filled with champagne and festivities in Melbourne

A couple cosy up after the race following a day filled with champagne and festivities in Melbourne

The muddy grounds made walking in heels a challenge for most women. But the treacherous conditions added to the fun

The muddy grounds made walking in heels a challenge for most women. But the treacherous conditions added to the fun

The muddy grounds made walking in heels a challenge for most women. But the treacherous conditions added to the fun

The wet weather created slippery conditions for revellers. Friendly racegoers attempt to help a woman up after the big race

The wet weather created slippery conditions for revellers. Friendly racegoers attempt to help a woman up after the big race

The wet weather created slippery conditions for revellers. Friendly racegoers attempt to help a woman up after the big race

Racegoers stumble as they make their way home following the Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday

Racegoers stumble as they make their way home following the Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday

Racegoers stumble as they make their way home following the Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday

Despite the rain, punters still made the most of the event the iconic track at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup

Despite the rain, punters still made the most of the event the iconic track at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup

Despite the rain, punters still made the most of the event the iconic track at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup

Women found time to touch up their make-up with help from friends, in between races on Tuesday.

Women found time to touch up their make-up with help from friends, in between races on Tuesday.

Women found time to touch up their make-up with help from friends, in between races on Tuesday.

Compared to previous years the crowd behaviour appeared tame. However one man was escorted from the Lexus Marquee by police

Compared to previous years the crowd behaviour appeared tame. However one man was escorted from the Lexus Marquee by police

Compared to previous years the crowd behaviour appeared tame. However one man was escorted from the Lexus Marquee by police

Throughout the day cause for celebration was widespread and champagne flowed freely around the track

Throughout the day cause for celebration was widespread and champagne flowed freely around the track

Throughout the day cause for celebration was widespread and champagne flowed freely around the track

Racegoers appeared to be in extremely high spirits in the wake of the race, as thousands put on enthusiastic displays with their friends

Racegoers appeared to be in extremely high spirits in the wake of the race, as thousands put on enthusiastic displays with their friends

Racegoers appeared to be in extremely high spirits in the wake of the race, as thousands put on enthusiastic displays with their friends

 

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