Well-dressed Melbourne Cup punters flood into Flemington ahead of the race that stops the nation 

Racegoers have hit the ground running at Flemington Racecourse ahead of the race that stops the nation, with punters seen bursting through turnstiles in a mad rush.

Eager racing fans turned up in their best-dressed early Tuesday morning, keen to secure a prime viewing position to see the Melbourne Cup day through. 

Odds were on Nick Williams’ Yucatan to flash past the winning post first, however the chance of a dark horse causing upset has not been overlooked.  

Two ladies were spotted early-on standing by as a kind chivalrist whipped off his shirt and wiped a cane bench dry for them to sit on. 

Two ladies were spotted early-on standing by as a kind chivalrist whipped off his shirt and wiped their a cane bench dry for them to sit on

Two ladies were spotted early-on standing by as a kind chivalrist whipped off his shirt and wiped their a cane bench dry for them to sit on

Two ladies were spotted early-on standing by as a kind chivalrist whipped off his shirt and wiped their a cane bench dry for them to sit on

One woman presented wonderfully in a tailored baby blue suit could be seen clasping her hat and pair of black high heels as she sprinted through the gate

One woman presented wonderfully in a tailored baby blue suit could be seen clasping her hat and pair of black high heels as she sprinted through the gate

One woman presented wonderfully in a tailored baby blue suit could be seen clasping her hat and pair of black high heels as she sprinted through the gate

The stunning brunette struck a pose in her thought-out ensemble, complete with a dazzling pair of glitzy earrings 

The stunning brunette struck a pose in her thought-out ensemble, complete with a dazzling pair of glitzy earrings 

The stunning brunette struck a pose in her thought-out ensemble, complete with a dazzling pair of glitzy earrings 

The unlikely hero seemed rather pleased with himself at the completion of his selfless task and struck a triumphant pose in celebration

The unlikely hero seemed rather pleased with himself at the completion of his selfless task and struck a triumphant pose in celebration

The unlikely hero seemed rather pleased with himself at the completion of his selfless task and struck a triumphant pose in celebration

Two gorgeous women styled in different variations of red looked showstopping as they kept dry in towering heels and with the help of decorative umbrellas 

Two gorgeous women styled in different variations of red looked showstopping as they kept dry in towering heels and with the help of decorative umbrellas 

Two gorgeous women styled in different variations of red looked showstopping as they kept dry in towering heels and with the help of decorative umbrellas 

The unlikely hero seemed rather pleased with himself at the completion of his selfless task and struck a triumphant pose in celebration. 

Another man was spotted making a mad dash across the pavement after passing through the entrance, appearing particularly keen to guarantee a prime position. 

Dressed in his finest navy blue suit complete with a dashing polka dot bow tie, the gent seemed unconcerned by the potentially slippery brickwork.

Dolled-up punters came prepared with coats and umbrellas to ensure they were protected from Melbourne's predictably wet weather

Dolled-up punters came prepared with coats and umbrellas to ensure they were protected from Melbourne's predictably wet weather

Dolled-up punters came prepared with coats and umbrellas to ensure they were protected from Melbourne’s predictably wet weather

Another man was spotted making a mad dash across the pavement after passing through the entrance, appearing particularly keen to guarantee a prime position

Another man was spotted making a mad dash across the pavement after passing through the entrance, appearing particularly keen to guarantee a prime position

Another man was spotted making a mad dash across the pavement after passing through the entrance, appearing particularly keen to guarantee a prime position

Ladies made sure they were capable of high tailing it ahead of the crowds at the entrance, with many spotted wearing their speediest pair of flat shoes

Ladies made sure they were capable of high tailing it ahead of the crowds at the entrance, with many spotted wearing their speediest pair of flat shoes

Ladies made sure they were capable of high tailing it ahead of the crowds at the entrance, with many spotted wearing their speediest pair of flat shoes

One glamorous filly donned a blue lace body suit, large floppy hat and an extravagant fur coat

One glamorous filly donned a blue lace body suit, large floppy hat and an extravagant fur coat

One glamorous filly donned a blue lace body suit, large floppy hat and an extravagant fur coat

Once the day's earliest act of chivalry was complete, the kind gentleman could be seen putting the same shirt he used as a mop back on his body

Once the day's earliest act of chivalry was complete, the kind gentleman could be seen putting the same shirt he used as a mop back on his body

Once the day’s earliest act of chivalry was complete, the kind gentleman could be seen putting the same shirt he used as a mop back on his body

Plenty flashed through the entrance gates early wearing gorgeous head wear and classy ensembles with classic embellishments.

Dolled-up punters came prepared with coats and umbrellas to ensure they were protected from Melbourne’s predictably wet weather.

One glamorous filly donned a blue lace body suit, a matching large floppy hat and an extravagant fur coat.

Once the day’s earliest act of chivalry was complete, the kind gentleman could be seen putting the same shirt he used as a mop back on his body. 

A man was spotted sprinting out the entrance gate at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday morning ahead of the Melbourne Cup

A man was spotted sprinting out the entrance gate at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday morning ahead of the Melbourne Cup

A man was spotted sprinting out the entrance gate at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday morning ahead of the Melbourne Cup

Plenty flashed through the entrance gates early on Tuesday wearing gorgeous head wear

Plenty flashed through the entrance gates early on Tuesday wearing gorgeous head wear

Plenty flashed through the entrance gates early on Tuesday wearing gorgeous head wear

A happy pair looked thrilled to be at the prestigious event and looked equally glamorous 

A happy pair looked thrilled to be at the prestigious event and looked equally glamorous 

A happy pair looked thrilled to be at the prestigious event and looked equally glamorous 

Despite the excitement security was not overlooked, with attendees spotted being waved over by a detector wand in an undercover section of the venue

Despite the excitement security was not overlooked, with attendees spotted being waved over by a detector wand in an undercover section of the venue

Despite the excitement security was not overlooked, with attendees spotted being waved over by a detector wand in an undercover section of the venue

Ladies made sure they were capable of high tailing it ahead of the crowds at the entrance, with many spotted wearing their speediest pair of flat shoes.

One woman presented wonderfully in a tailored baby blue suit could be seen clasping her hat and pair of black high heels as she sprinted through the gate.

Another bolted ahead, presumable with her hairpiece and heels inside the large floral tote bag she held tightly over her shoulder. 

Despite the excitement security was not overlooked, with attendees spotted being waved over by a detector wand in an undercover section of the venue.

Thousands poured through the gate sporting a huge variety of glamorous ensembles

Thousands poured through the gate sporting a huge variety of glamorous ensembles

Thousands poured through the gate sporting a huge variety of glamorous ensembles

The drizzling rain didn't appear to be dampening the spirits of racegoers, who arrived in groups ready to enjoy the day in each other's company 

The drizzling rain didn't appear to be dampening the spirits of racegoers, who arrived in groups ready to enjoy the day in each other's company 

The drizzling rain didn’t appear to be dampening the spirits of racegoers, who arrived in groups ready to enjoy the day in each other’s company 

A gorgeous couple were full of smiles despite the miserable Melbourne weather

A gorgeous couple were full of smiles despite the miserable Melbourne weather

A gorgeous couple were full of smiles despite the miserable Melbourne weather

A trio seemed cheery despite the dreary weather as they made their way through the venue

A trio seemed cheery despite the dreary weather as they made their way through the venue

A trio seemed cheery despite the dreary weather as they made their way through the venue

The excitement could also be felt in Sydney, with keen punters flocking to makeshift betting station The Stables which had been set up in the middle of Martin Place in the CBD.

A line could be seen at the booths from about 9am Tuesday morning as betters put their money on their favourite horses for the 3pm race. 

Some may be looking to cash in on Yucatan’s odds, with the horse impressively winning its last start and looking like a good chance to help owner Lloyd Williams win his third Cup in a row.

Others might be throwing their best behind strong contender Magic Circle who won his previous start in England by six lengths, but hasn’t raced in almost six months.  

The excitement could also be felt in Sydney, with keen punters flocking to makeshift betting station The Stables which had been set up in the middle of Martin Place in the CBD

The excitement could also be felt in Sydney, with keen punters flocking to makeshift betting station The Stables which had been set up in the middle of Martin Place in the CBD

The excitement could also be felt in Sydney, with keen punters flocking to makeshift betting station The Stables which had been set up in the middle of Martin Place in the CBD

A line could be seen at the booths from about 9am Tuesday morning as betters put their money on their favourite horses for the 3pm race

A line could be seen at the booths from about 9am Tuesday morning as betters put their money on their favourite horses for the 3pm race

A line could be seen at the booths from about 9am Tuesday morning as betters put their money on their favourite horses for the 3pm race

Two ladies were spotted wedged in between a set of undercover ATM machines as the strong rain hit the racecourse, but they proved it would take more than a bit of wet weather to wipe the smile of their face

Two ladies were spotted wedged in between a set of undercover ATM machines as the strong rain hit the racecourse, but they proved it would take more than a bit of wet weather to wipe the smile of their face

Two ladies were spotted wedged in between a set of undercover ATM machines as the strong rain hit the racecourse, but they proved it would take more than a bit of wet weather to wipe the smile of their face

A torrential downpour forced attendees to jump for cover wherever they could find it, some had an umbrella but others had to be slightly more resourceful. 

Two ladies were spotted wedged in between a set of undercover ATM machines as the strong rain hit the racecourse, but they proved it would take more than a bit of wet weather to wipe the smile of their face. 

The eventually decided to make a run for it, with propping up an umbrella and the other relying on her huge brimmed hat to shelter her entire outfit. 

Another pair attempted keeping dry beneath a shared umbrella but things didn’t quite go to plan as they both ended up becoming rather soaked.  

The eventually decided to make a run for it, with propping up an umbrella and the other relying on her huge brimmed hat to shelter her entire outfit

The eventually decided to make a run for it, with propping up an umbrella and the other relying on her huge brimmed hat to shelter her entire outfit

The eventually decided to make a run for it, with propping up an umbrella and the other relying on her huge brimmed hat to shelter her entire outfit

Another pair attempted keeping dry beneath a shared umbrella but things didn't quite go to plan as they both ended up becoming rather soaked

Another pair attempted keeping dry beneath a shared umbrella but things didn't quite go to plan as they both ended up becoming rather soaked

Another pair attempted keeping dry beneath a shared umbrella but things didn’t quite go to plan as they both ended up becoming rather soaked

The couple cowered underneath their brolly, but it proved a little too small for the two of them to stay dry 

The couple cowered underneath their brolly, but it proved a little too small for the two of them to stay dry 

The couple cowered underneath their brolly, but it proved a little too small for the two of them to stay dry 

 A practically dressed duo seemed adequately prepared for the downpour with an umbrella each and suitable footwear

 A practically dressed duo seemed adequately prepared for the downpour with an umbrella each and suitable footwear

 A practically dressed duo seemed adequately prepared for the downpour with an umbrella each and suitable footwear

One man was caught out and about during the a large burst of rain and was forced to make a run for it

One man was caught out and about during the a large burst of rain and was forced to make a run for it

One man was caught out and about during the a large burst of rain and was forced to make a run for it

 

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