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All the glitz and glam at the Melbourne Cup – Sky News Australia

Glamorous Melburnians put their best foot forward as they gathered trackside for the 2021 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday after the COVID-19 pandemic banned punters from attending the fashionable event last year.
Thousands of revellers have donned their best suits and colourful frocks for the Melbourne Cup.
Flemington Racecourse welcomed 10,000 punters for the race that stops the nation on Tuesday – less than two weeks after millions of Melburnians were freed from coronavirus lockdown.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 70 per cent of the spectators at the event are Victoria Racing Club (VRC) members, while just five per cent of tickets were offered to the public.
The mercury hit 29C on Tuesday as the gates opened for the glamourous racegoers likely keen to let their hair down after the relentless shutdowns.
Melbourne is the world’s most locked down city since the beginning of the pandemic with residents subject to stay-at-home orders for more than 260 days.
Celebrities and influencers were sure to put their best foot forward with bright colours and daring fascinators.
Singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem stunned in a mustard jumpsuit with a pink bow wrapped around her waist and a wide-brimmed hat protecting her from the sun.
Model Olivia Molly Rogers, who was crowned Miss Universe Australia in 2017, opted for a yellow frock, paired with a red headband, handbag and bright lipstick.
Love Island star Tayla Damir sparkled with a golden head piece and a flowing orange and black maxi dress.
Champion jockey Michelle Payne chose a short, shiny aqua blue number, with fabric ruffled at the base of the dress and a modern fascinator.
Last year’s race took place in front of empty stands due to the second COVID-19 wave in Melbourne.
While revellers entering the gates on Tuesday were subject to a COVID-safe cap, fully vaccinated Victorians across the state are likely marking the occasion at the pub and with friends.
Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday across all of Victoria.
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