2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Day Wrap Up
Despite the chilly weather, racegoers flocked to the famous Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, donning their most bold, bright and brilliant race day attire. The clouds certainly didn’t dampen spirits, as our resident band Blush along with special guest Adam Thompson, front man of Chocolate Starfish, had guests dancing the afternoon away.
Rekindling, ridden by Corey Brown, went down in history as the winner of the 2017 Race That Stops A Nation, in front of a crowd of 90,536. After securing his 6th Melbourne Cup triumph, Llyod Williams reaffirmed his position as the most successful owner in the history of the Melbourne Cup saying “Gee I love standing up here on this day”.
Joseph O’Brien, son to the champion trainer Aiden O’Brien, thanked both Llyod and Nick Williams for their support saying “they’ve sent me some lovely horses and I’m so delighted to win this race for them today.”
A successful day for international runners, Johannes Vermeer came in second, followed by Max Dynamite, resulting in an Irish dominant finish.
Cup Day is all about the bright colors and bold statements. Our judges were looking for traditional racing attire, coordinated accessories and a flare of individuality, and wow did the contestants deliver!
Women’s first place was claimed by Cora Segal, wearing a blue Acler dress, paired with a striking headpiece by Kerry McGlone. Kylie McKoy, dressed in Sass and Bide took out second place, followed by Melissa Barnicott wearing a cherry blossom patterned dress with matching headwear by Peggy’s Creations.
It wasn’t just the ladies who dressed to impress, the gentlemen stood out in classic suits, with a unique twist. First place in the Menswear Category was claimed by Matt, donning a grey double breasted blazer with pale pink accessories. Grant Christiansen impressed the judges with his quirky wooden bow-tie, taking out second place, followed by Andrew Wilkins scoring third place.