Beauty in a pink power suit wows the crowd at the Melbourne Cup as thousands arrive in Flemington for ‘the race that stops the nation’
- The Melbourne Cup, held at Flemington Racecourse, will stop the nation for the 161st time on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
- Lawns fill with 10,000 vaccinated gamblers after Covid-19 restrictions are eased just in time for the race
- $8 million race will be fought by 23 runners after Future Score horse showed signs of lameness
Enchanted gamblers have started walking into Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse for ‘the race that stops the nation’ with a striking woman in a pink power suit setting the bar for fashionable arrivals.
The iconic race will be fought at 3 p.m. Tuesday by 23 runners at Flemington Racecourse in front of 10,000 fully vaccinated race-goers after Matt Cumani-trained outsider Future Score showed signs of lameness.
About 70 percent of entrants to the 161st Melbourne Cup are members of the Victoria Racing Club and only five percent of tickets are offered to a few hundred members of the public.
Punters will be separated into three zones that they cannot deviate from and must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask and sit to eat and drink.
A woman in a baby pink power suit has raised the bar for fashionable arrivals at the 2021 Melbourne Cup
The glamorous punter wore a matching pink trouser suit with a blue tie and a striking white hat
Another glamorous arrival opted for a peach mini dress and accessory with a large pink bow and white bag
Flemington Racecourse welcomes 10,000 vaccinated gamblers after race ran without an audience last year due to Covid-19
Earlier on Tuesday, Melbourne Cup outsider Future Score was banned from the $8 million race after failing a veterinary test.
One of two runners inspected on race morning, Future Score was withdrawn due to lameness.
Going over Future Score leaves a field of 23 for the starter in the famous race after Delphi passed fit.
Delphi, who has received much support from betting, was paralyzed on the eve of the Cup but was satisfied with Racing Victoria’s vets about his solidity ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
The import will try to recover after a disappointment in the Caulfield Cup and will be ridden by champion jockey Damien Oliver.
Oliver is chasing his fourth Melbourne Cup win.
Twenty-two Cup horses were cleared to race on Monday, including British stayer Spanish Mission.
The Spanish Mission received additional veterinary checks last week before gaining clearance to race before an acceptance deadline on Saturday.
Spectators will soon begin filling the Flemington lawns but will have to stay within one of three designated zones
This woman chose a long white dress with ruffles and wore a festive red flower in her hair
Another arrival opted for a simple hot pink dress with statement earrings and a wide-brimmed pink hat to block out the sun
These women chose to wear sassy patterns on the iconic race day with black headgear – the hallmark of the
Trainer Matthew Cumani has criticized Racing Victoria for ‘ultra-conservative’ rules which saw his horse Future Score being taken out of the race after showing signs of lameness in his right front leg.
He claimed the seven-year-old gelding presented similarly going into the Cranbourne Cup, which he won.
The last-minute decision comes after safety measures for Cup Runners were tightened following the deaths of six horses in the past seven years.
“Just very sad for the horse’s owners, we thought he had a better chance than 200-1, he was really peaking for this week,” Cumani told SEN on Tuesday morning.