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Melbourne on red alert as racegoers experience extra security measures at Stakes Day

Racegoers have experienced tougher security measures at Flemington on Stakes Day, in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack which claimed the life of a man.

Melbourne‘s fatal attack saw knife-wielding Somali terrorist Mohamed Khalif set his car on fire and stab three men before he was shot dead.

For the first time during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, each racegoer has been scanned at the entrances to the track. 

Security are also closely inspecting every racegoers’ bag, which has caused lengthy queues and delays. 

Racegoers are finally seeing some sunshine on the racetrack on Saturday following a cool and wet Melbourne Cup Carnival

Racegoers are finally seeing some sunshine on the racetrack on Saturday following a cool and wet Melbourne Cup Carnival

Racegoers are finally seeing some sunshine on the racetrack on Saturday following a cool and wet Melbourne Cup Carnival

Racegoers endured lengthy security checks when entering Flemington racecourse, which will see out the final day of the Spring Carnival

Racegoers endured lengthy security checks when entering Flemington racecourse, which will see out the final day of the Spring Carnival

Racegoers endured lengthy security checks when entering Flemington racecourse, which will see out the final day of the Spring Carnival

Fashion fanatics are in abundance at the finale of Cup Week, expected to be filled with quality racing, fashion and entertainment

Fashion fanatics are in abundance at the finale of Cup Week, expected to be filled with quality racing, fashion and entertainment

Fashion fanatics are in abundance at the finale of Cup Week, expected to be filled with quality racing, fashion and entertainment

The enhanced security checks didn't dampen any spirits as racegoers sipped from champagne flutes and mingled in the sunshine

The enhanced security checks didn't dampen any spirits as racegoers sipped from champagne flutes and mingled in the sunshine

The enhanced security checks didn’t dampen any spirits as racegoers sipped from champagne flutes and mingled in the sunshine

Victoria Racing Club says there is a ‘sizeable security and policing operation’ in place.

‘We continue to work very closely with authorities to mitigate any risks and ensure everyone can enjoy a safe and fun day,’ a spokeswoman told AAP.

‘Racegoers may experience minor delays as a result of an increased police and security presence at Flemington Racecourse today.’  

There is noticeably extra security throughout the venue as well as increased police presence.

Stakes Day is the final day of the renowned four-day Spring Carnival at Flemington with 60,000 people expected to attend.

The final day of the carnival is also regarded as ‘family day’ with lots of well-dressed youngsters due to attend.

There was noticeably extra security throughout the venue as well as increased police presence

There was noticeably extra security throughout the venue as well as increased police presence

There was noticeably extra security throughout the venue as well as increased police presence

Queues went back for miles as security took their time to scan every racegoer with metal detectors and bag checks

Queues went back for miles as security took their time to scan every racegoer with metal detectors and bag checks

Queues went back for miles as security took their time to scan every racegoer with metal detectors and bag checks

Despite the dark atmosphere the previous day brought about, racegoers wore their lightest and brightest colours and patterns 

Despite the dark atmosphere the previous day brought about, racegoers wore their lightest and brightest colours and patterns 

Despite the dark atmosphere the previous day brought about, racegoers wore their lightest and brightest colours and patterns 

The final day of the carnival is also regarded as ‘family day’ with lots of well-dressed youngsters due to attend

Racegoers are finally seeing some sunshine on the racetrack following a cool and wet Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

The final day of Cup Week encourages friends, family and fun to come together as a celebration of the week that’s just been.

It is expected to be filled with quality racing, fashion and entertainment, with racegoers letting their hair and heels down as the pace off the track softens for the family friendly day.   

A number of marquees in the invite-only Birdcage will close for the final and most relaxed race day.  

For the first time during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, each racegoer and their youngsters have been scanned at the entrances to the track

For the first time during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, each racegoer and their youngsters have been scanned at the entrances to the track

For the first time during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, each racegoer and their youngsters have been scanned at the entrances to the track

Tabcorp, however, will be busy hosting Hawks Grant Birchall and Jack Gunston, as well as Bulldog Lachie Hunter and Eagles young-gun Daniel Venables.

In the spirit of Family Day, AFL great Billy Brownless will be joined by daughters Ruby and Lucy in the floral-themed marquee.

Richmond’s Nick Vlastuin will spend his day across the road at the Kennedy marquee, which is also hosting entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan and twin fashion bloggers Steph and Jess Dadon.

Lexus’ guest list is predominantly Melbourne locals and clients, as well as its ambassador, racing royalty Kate Waterhouse. 

With youngsters attending the celebrations Stakes Day Fashions on the Field focuses on children and family

With youngsters attending the celebrations Stakes Day Fashions on the Field focuses on children and family

With youngsters attending the celebrations Stakes Day Fashions on the Field focuses on children and family

The final day of Cup Week encourages friends, family and fun to come together as a celebration of the week that’s just been

It’s a low key end to the carnival, which saw fewer celebrities flown in for the festivities following the departure of sponsors Myer, Lavazza and Emirates from the Birdcage.

New sponsors, including Seppelt Wines and Furphy beer, made their marquees exclusive to corporate customers.

Bad weather also had an impact on crowd numbers, with attendance at a wet Cup Day down to down to 83,471, compared to 90,536 the previous year.

But the Bureau of Meteorology expects afternoon sunshine and a top of 22 on Saturday. 

Making sure to take all of the sunshine in, punters sat on picnic blankets and some even took off their heels to dig their toes into the grass

Making sure to take all of the sunshine in, punters sat on picnic blankets and some even took off their heels to dig their toes into the grass

Making sure to take all of the sunshine in, punters sat on picnic blankets and some even took off their heels to dig their toes into the grass

A group of fashionably dressed racegoers show off the wide selection of beverages available at the event

A group of fashionably dressed racegoers show off the wide selection of beverages available at the event

A group of fashionably dressed racegoers show off the wide selection of beverages available at the event

Racegoers are encouraged to let their hair and heels down as the pace off the track softens for the family friendly day

Racegoers are encouraged to let their hair and heels down as the pace off the track softens for the family friendly day

Racegoers are encouraged to let their hair and heels down as the pace off the track softens for the family friendly day

Security are also closely inspecting every racegoers' bag, which has caused lengthy queues and delays at the popular racecourse

Security are also closely inspecting every racegoers' bag, which has caused lengthy queues and delays at the popular racecourse

Security are also closely inspecting every racegoers’ bag, which has caused lengthy queues and delays at the popular racecourse

Tougher security at Flemington racecourse (pictured) comes in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack on Friday

Tougher security at Flemington racecourse (pictured) comes in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack on Friday

Tougher security at Flemington racecourse (pictured) comes in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack on Friday

Racegoers have experienced tougher security measures at Flemington on Stakes Day, in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack, in which one man was killed

Racegoers have experienced tougher security measures at Flemington on Stakes Day, in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack, in which one man was killed

Racegoers have experienced tougher security measures at Flemington on Stakes Day, in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack, in which one man was killed

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