Plenty of Melbourne Cup revellers will be feeling a little worse for wear after a fun-filled day celebrating the race that stops the nation.
Australians, as always, let loose as they celebrated wins, losses, and the start of what’s known as ‘the silly season’ in the run up to Christmas.
While most kicked off celebrations about lunchtime – some got a little excited and continued partying into the early hours of Wednesday morning – with pubs and clubs across Australia packed with well-dressed racing fans.
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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 women racegoer found thongs were perhaps not the best footwear for a sodden Flemington
One man in a dashing blue suit found a unique way to hold a bottle of champagne and help his friend on a slippery surface at Flemington after a savage downpour
This young lady was keen to get into the spirit of the Melbourne Cup, and appeared to be enjoying herself in a white ensemble with black ankle boots peeping over the hedges
This woman appeared to be unsteady on her feet after celebrating the Melbourne Cup in Sydney, leaning on her male friend for support
While the Melbourne Cup is a public holiday in Melbourne, the first Tuesday in November is considered a normal working day in other states – at least until lunchtime.
In Sydney, most restaurants and pubs in Sydney were at capacity early – and it was a similar story in the suburbs.
Parramatta, in Sydney’s west was also a hive of activity, as was Cronulla. Those marking the day were also out in force in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin and Canberra – with racetracks all hosting meetings to coincide with the big race in Flemington.
One woman enlisted the help of a male friend to help her up an outdoor staircase, and she appeared quite chuffed with herself
This well-dressed man reflects on a day’s celebrations on the footpath outside a Sydney establishment
Another lady decided to kick off her shoes and give her feet a rest after the Melbourne Cup celebrations
This man had a slightly unusual way to say farewell to his friends in Sydney’s eastern suburbs as he and a lady friend rounded out their celebrations
This young couple took the opportunity to enjoy a passionate embrace on Tuesday after the Melbourne Cup
A man in a black suit dances to the music after an exciting finish to the Melbourne Cup
As the fun times flowed, the result in the main race didn’t seem matter to many.
The Melbourne Cup was won by English galloper Cross Counter, ahead of Marmelo and A Prince of Arran.
The triumph was overdue for Godolphin – the world’s richest racing stable – who previously chased Melbourne Cup success without joy for two decades.
Celebrations were dampened by the death of another contender, The Cliffsofmoher, which was euthanised post race after shattering his right shoulder.
One punter also won’t forget the 2018 Melbourne Cup in a hurry – after boldly wagering $50,000 at the TAB on Cross Counter, he picked up a cool $500,000.
These two men appeared to be having a moment of reflection after the running of the Melbourne Cup
Two female punters donned all black ensembles for the big race, one in a thigh-skimming dress and the other in a smart pant set
Police appear to have a heated exchange with a man just moments before he was eventually arrested on Melbourne Cup day
The man was then escorted into a police paddy wagon with his hands cuffed following his arrest in Sydney
This man won’t forget the Melbourne Cup in a hurry following his run in with police. The reveller looked despairing as he lay on the floor with his T-shirt on inside out
There was no denying the free spirited nature of this female punter, who happily danced around for all to see in the street
A friend of the free spirited lady captured the poser in all her glory on her smartphone as she struck multiple poses
The Royal Oak Hotel in Double Bay was a popular destination for many punters keen to enjoy the Melbourne Cup
As the day progressed, these ladies opted for some fresh air – with the lady in the spotted dress looking slightly worse for wear
This blonde punter was seen leaning over a bin, while her friend watched on from behind, holding the arm of the blonde friend
Tempers flared and tensions became heated at times between punters and security guards at venues across Australia
A female racegoer appeared to be in her own world as she made her way down a road toward oncoming traffic during her Melbourne Cup celebrations on Tuesday