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Fashion and racing seem to go hand in hand at the Melbourne Cup in Australia. Our NTD correspondent was there and has the details.
The Melbourne Cup, the horse race that stops a nation, kicked off today in Australia, and had the closest finish in the race's history.
French horse Dunaden, ridden by jockey Christophe Lemaire celebrated victory after a close finish with English stayer Red Cadduaux.
The Melbourne Cup, the main race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, is one of the most famous horse races in the world, with total prize money of 6.2 million, with the winner collecting about half.
[Dr. Chris Brown, Television Personality]:
"I think it will take a lot of explanation to why a seemingly normal country for five minutes every November apart from sit in pubs, clubs, racecourses and drink. It makes us look like a very strange lot but a fun loving lot anyway."
The event which is in it’s 151st year has attracted over 100,000 people to the Flemington racecourse, including the rich and famous in fabulous outfits.
[Matt Preston, Television Food Critic]:
"Its more than just a race it's got that kind of tailgated feel. It's a multifaceted event. You've got the corporate area here where everyone is in suits, lots of models and everyone is very glam. And then you've got your car parks which are really like tailgating, then you've got the public area where people get dressed up in the most outrageous fancy dress and run around. And then you've got some of the best horses in the world. But the real secret about the cup is that it'd an open race so really any horse can win."
Luxurious marquees provided shelter and much pampering for many patrons, whilst for those braving the elements, fashion on the field was one of the highlights...