Wild scenes at Melbourne Cup as thousands of glammed up punters let loose

Showing their wild side: Two women were seen wearing animal print dresses while they enjoy the day with their friends

Not everyone cashed in on Vow and Declare’s unexpected victory, but they all felt like winners as they danced with joy on the field of Flemington at the Melbourne Cup.

Punters appeared to be having a great time as the festivities carried on after the horses crossed the finish line on Tuesday afternoon.

At least 81,000 spectators piled into the racecourse to see Vow and Declare claim victory, with glamorous women wearing high heels and hats charging in early to secure the best view of the track. 

As the day wore on, racegoers became more relaxed with bright grins on their faces as the sunny weather and good cheer made up for empty wallets.

Showing their wild side: Two women were seen wearing animal print dresses while they enjoy the day with their friends

Showing their wild side: Two women were seen wearing animal print dresses while they enjoy the day with their friends

Cup runneth over! Punters had a great time at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, but there were plenty of wardrobe malfunctions as stylish raceday outfits failed

Cup runneth over! Punters had a great time at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, but there were plenty of wardrobe malfunctions as stylish raceday outfits failed

Pleased as punch! As the day wore on, racegoers became more relaxed with bright grins on their faces as the sunny weather and good cheer made up for empty wallets

Pleased as punch! As the day wore on, racegoers became more relaxed with bright grins on their faces as the sunny weather and good cheer made up for empty wallets

Pit stop! Two glamorous women took a time out because one of them needed to attend to a blister on her foot

Pit stop! Two glamorous women took a time out because one of them needed to attend to a blister on her foot

Give us a kiss! Love was in the air at the race

Glamorous couples were pictured sharing a kiss under the blue skies

Give us a kiss! Love was in the air at the race as glamorous couples were pictured sharing a kiss under the blue skies

We're all friends here! A group of punters got extremely close to one another as they posed for a photo at the track

We’re all friends here! A group of punters got extremely close to one another as they posed for a photo at the track

I'll carry you! A man offers a woman a piggy back after the race

Dancing queens! Two women show off their dance moves

I’ll carry you! A man (left) offers a woman a piggy back after the race. Right: Two women show off their dance moves

Worn out! For some racegoers the tension was all too much and they required a short afternoon nap in the sun

Worn out! For some racegoers the tension was all too much and they required a short afternoon nap in the sun

The lads! Two young men were seen smashing back drinks as they partied in the sun after the nation's biggest race

The lads! Two young men were seen smashing back drinks as they partied in the sun after the nation’s biggest race

The power of love: A young man lifts his girlfriend off the ground and gives her a kiss as they pair enjoy the sun at Flemington

The power of love: A young man lifts his girlfriend off the ground and gives her a kiss as they pair enjoy the sun at Flemington

Having a blast! A woman with a wide smile (left) enjoys the nation's biggest race

One women in a pink dress smiled as she caught sight of the cameras

Having a blast! A woman with a wide smile (left) dressed as King Kong damsel Annabelle Darrow enjoys the nation’s biggest race while another (right) in a pink dress smiled as she caught sight of the cameras

Running dry! A woman appeared despondent as she held her empty glass while enjoying a picnic on the grass with a friend

Running dry! A woman appeared despondent as she held her empty glass while enjoying a picnic on the grass with a friend

Lady in white: A coordinated couple were seen celebrating in style dressed in white while the male wore an extravagant shirt

A woman in a white dress poses for the cameras after the race

Ladies in white: A coordinated couple (left) were seen celebrating in style while another (right) posed for the cameras

Taking a breather: One punter was seen lying down on a wooded bench as he took a time out from the action

Taking a breather: One punter was seen lying down on a wooded bench as he took a time out from the action

Hands on: A couple embraced after the race

A duo enjoyed a spot of dancing under the sun

Hands on: A couple (left) embraced after the race while another duo (right) enjoyed a spot of dancing under the sun

Fun and games! A group of punters set up an impromptu skipping rope on the grass after the race where $8million was won

Fun and games! A group of punters set up an impromptu skipping rope on the grass after the race where $8million was won

One boisterous man stripped down his shirt and showed off his dancing moves to a gathering crowd of onlookers, but eventually lost his footing and crashed to the grass.

He had a bit of difficulty getting to his feet afterwards, but his pride didn’t seem to be much dented and everyone seemed impressed with his skills.

Another man was seen attracting looks by standing on a wheelie bin while yelling down to the crowd around him.

Elsewhere, some amorous couples locked lips as they lounged on the grass after a romantic day out – no matter the readings on their betting slips.

There were also plenty of wardrobe malfunctions as stylish raceday outfits failed to keep up with how much fun their wearers were having.

Breakout star of the show: One boisterous man stripped down his shirt and showed off his dancing moves to a gathering crowd of onlookers

Breakout star of the show: One boisterous man stripped down his shirt and showed off his dancing moves to a gathering crowd of onlookers

Don't quit your day job: But he eventually lost his footing and crashed to the grass, needing a bit of help to get himself upright

Don’t quit your day job: But he eventually lost his footing and crashed to the grass, needing a bit of help to get himself upright

Come dance with me: The man built up a large audience as her performed

At one stage he even tried a front flip

Come dance with me: The man built up a large audience as her performed and at one stage even tried a front flip

Officer down: The man covered in drink on his legs took a tumble after his exuberant break dancing performance

Officer down: The man covered in drink on his legs took a tumble after his exuberant break dancing performance

Don't stop me now! The man appeared determined to get back to his feet after he took a tumble while performing

Don’t stop me now! The man appeared determined to get back to his feet after he took a tumble while performing

Centre of attention: One man was seen standing on a bin attracting looks from the crowd around him

Centre of attention: One man was seen standing on a bin attracting looks from the crowd around him

Celebrating in style: The man was seen yelling in joy as the races continued throughout the day

Celebrating in style: The man was seen yelling in joy as the races continued throughout the day

Need a hand: Few were seen looking a little worse for wear as one woman was being helped across the venue as she is seen falling

Need a hand: Few were seen looking a little worse for wear as one woman was being helped across the venue as she is seen falling

Having a ball: Women were seen kicking their feet up throughout the day as they celebrated the races

Having a ball: Women were seen kicking their feet up throughout the day as they celebrated the races

Dressed to the nines! Women and men donned their best outfits for the race which is the biggest in the nation

A woman matched her glass with her hat

Dressed to the nines! Women and men donned their best outfits for the race which is the biggest in the nation

Hands in the air! One woman in a pink ensemble looked pleased and punch with a wide smile after the race

Hands in the air! One woman in a pink ensemble looked pleased and punch with a wide smile after the race

What are you doing? One punter was seen on his knees near a flower bed as another man looked on quizzically

Punters gathered after the race

What are you doing? One punter was seen on his knees near a flower bed as another man looked on quizzically. Right: Punters gathered after the race 

But it wasn’t all fun and games as a few were seen being helped across the venue after suffering unfortunate mishaps.

Others indulged a bit too much and had to lighten their stomachs in the many wheelie bins scattered around the racecourse.

As the celebrations came to a close, punters looked a little worse for wear with many woman taking of their shoes and relaxing on the grass. 

Victoria Police said six others were arrested, four for enjoying a little too much prosecco, one for drug possession, and one who was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Police and AFP will also investigate a drone which was seized due to unauthorised entry into the racecourse’s airspace.

Picture perfect: Racegoers are seen fixing their outfits throughout the day as the celebrations continued

Picture perfect: Racegoers are seen fixing their outfits throughout the day as the celebrations continued

Couple's day out! Elsewhere, some amorous duos locked lips as they lounged on the grass after a romantic day out - no matter the readings on their betting slips

Couple’s day out! Elsewhere, some amorous duos locked lips as they lounged on the grass after a romantic day out – no matter the readings on their betting slips

Bromance at the Cup! Two mates mucked around on the grass, dirtying their suits metres away from other couples

Bromance at the Cup! Two mates mucked around on the grass, dirtying their suits metres away from other couples

Love is in the air! A young couple embraced and shared a kiss

They smooched inside Flemington Racecourse as they geared up for the big race

Love is in the air! A young couple embraced and shared a kiss as inside Flemington Racecourse as they geared up for the big race

Time for a nap: A man can be seen laying on the ground as the day comes to a close on Tuesday afternoon

Time for a nap: A man can be seen laying on the ground as the day comes to a close on Tuesday afternoon

Oops! But it wasn't all fun and games as a few was seen being helped across the venue after suffering unfortunate mishaps

Down time: A woman was seen taking a seat as the celebrations unfolded throughout the day on Tuesday

Oops! But it wasn’t all fun and games as a few was seen being helped across the venue after suffering unfortunate mishaps

Time out: One woman was seen leaning over a bin after the day's revelry at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne

Time out: One woman was seen leaning over a bin after the day’s revelry at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne 

Catching some rays! A group of women enjoyed the sun as they took some time away from the track

Catching some rays! A group of women enjoyed the sun as they took some time away from the track

Long day, sir? One man could not be woken from his slumber as he rested his head on a wooden bench after the race

Long day, sir? One man could not be woken from his slumber as he rested his head on a wooden bench after the race

Taking a time out: One punter sat down on the wooden benches for a little rest after a long day enjoying the races

Taking a time out: One punter sat down on the wooden benches for a little rest after a long day enjoying the races

But the vast majority just enjoyed a good, relatively clean day out and many were already in high spirits by midday, ready to let their hair down. 

Excited fans were making the most of the sunshine with picnics on the grass, taking the time to sit down.

While one couple was pictured amid a passionate embrace as tens of thousands flooded into the venue.

Couples were seen throughout the day caught in the moment declaring their love for each other. 

Women were seen touching up each others make up and making sure they remained picture perfect as the sun shone down on Flemington Racecourse. 

The day got off to a hectic start as eager punters pushed their way through the gates in the hope of securing the best spot to view the track.

It didn’t take long for the drinks to start flowing, with punters seen quaffing Champagne and knocking back beers mere moments after the gates opened at 9am. 

The ladies were accompanied by dapper men in suits and ties, some carrying newspapers, others bearing cooler bags filled to the brim with snacks and supplies for the day’s revelry.

Horsing around: A woman is seen attempting to get on a man's shoulders to see over the crowds

A woman is seen trying to sit on a man's shoulders

Horsing around: A woman is seen attempting to get on a man’s shoulders to see over the crowds

Caught in the moment! Couples were seen throughout the day declaring their love for each other with a passionate embrace

Caught in the moment! Couples were seen throughout the day declaring their love for each other with a passionate embrace

Dance party: Punters were seen dancing around Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday as the celebrations continued

Dance party: Punters were seen dancing around Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday as the celebrations continued

Getting glam! Women were seen giving each other touch ups throughout the day as the sun shone down on Flemington Racecourse

Getting glam! Women were seen giving each other touch ups throughout the day as the sun shone down on Flemington Racecourse

What did the winners pay? 

1. Vow and Declare (23): Win – $11. Place – $3.50

2. Prince of Arran (12): Place – $5

3. II Paradiso (20): Place – $4.20

Quinella:  Vow and Declare and Prince of Arran (23 and 12) – $82.40

Exacta:  Vow and Decalre and Prince of Arran (23, 12) – $175

Trifecta: Vow and Declare, Prince of Aran and II Paradiso (23, 12 and 20) – $2953.40

First Four: Vow and Declare, Prince of Aran, II Paradiso and Master of Reality (23, 12, 20 and 3) – $79381.40 

Sunny disposition: This happy racegoer had not a care in the world as she relaxed with a glass of wine on the grass

Sunny disposition: This happy racegoer had not a care in the world as she relaxed with a glass of wine on the grass

Woman down! It was all too much for this reveller who needed a rest as her friend kneeled next to her

Woman down! It was all too much for this reveller who needed a rest as her friend kneeled next to her

Getting comfortable: Women opted to put on slides rather than heels

Taking a load off: Women were seen taking their shoes off as celebrations came to a close in an attempt to be more comfortable

Taking a load off: Women were seen taking their shoes off as celebrations came to a close in an attempt to be more comfortable

Tired of standing: A woman can be seen relaxing on the grass while the crowd around her continues to watch the race

Tired of standing: A woman can be seen relaxing on the grass while the crowd around her continues to watch the race

Vow and Declare, a home-grown Australian horse that no-one wanted and was given away to friends and family upstaged international rivals to take out the greatest prize in Australian racing. 

Jockey Craig Williams rode the gelding to a famous victory, netting his owners $4.4million of the total $8million prize money on Flemington’s hallowed turf.

A Noosa-bred thoroughbred, Vow and Declare was offered up to the nephew of the horse’s breeder Paul Lanskey – who had originally failed to find a buyer wanting to stump up the $60,000 reserve at auction. 

Where your horse finished:  

 1. Vow and Declare 

2. Prince of Arran 

3. II Paradiso

4. Master of Reality

5. Surprise Baby

6. Mer de Glace

7. Finche

8. Cross Counter

9. Steel Prince

10. Magic Wand

11. Twiglight Payment

12. Sound 

13. Constantinople

14. Mirage Dancer

15. Hunting Horn

16. Raymond Tusk

17. The Chosen One

18. Latrobe

19. Southern France

20. Youngstar

21. Neufbosc

22. Downdraft

23. Mustajeer

24: Rostropovich 

 

Nap time! Two women are seen laying on the grass early in the day, taking some time off from celebrating

Nap time! Two women are seen laying on the grass early in the day, taking some time off from celebrating

Hold my purse: A man has had to hold his partner's purse as she stumbles over amid the celebrations

Hold my purse: A man has had to hold his partner’s purse as she stumbles over amid the celebrations

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